Great Sca Fell is a fell in the English Lake District standing seven
kilometres southwest of the village of Caldbeck and is the highest of
the four Uldale Fells (the other three being Longlands Fell, Meal Fell
and Great Cockup).
The Uldale fells are a smooth and grassy sheep
pasture which rise in three ridges from the low land to the north and
culminate at the summit of Great Sca Fell at a height of 651 m (2,136 ft).
Although the hill is a “Wainwright” fell and comfortably crests the
2000 foot mark, it does not meet the criteria for any of the other major
hill lists. With a prominence of 13 metres to the higher fell of Knott
it narrowly fails to qualify as a Nuttall.
The fell has twin
summits, Great and Little Sca Fell. Little Sca Fell which reaches an
altitude of 635 metres, lies 400 metres north of the main summit across
a low col. It has a more substantial cairn and a strange depression
which has been augmented by a low wall to make a wind shelter.
The summit of Great Sca Fell itself is a broad flat plateau on which the
highest point could be located almost at any point within a 15 metre
radius, however, it has a small cairn to mark the recognised top.
Four ridges radiate from the summit to the adjoining fells of Knott
(south), Brae Fell (north), Meal Fell (west) and Longlands Fell (north
west) making Great Sca Fell strategically important when walking these
The River Ellen has its source on the western
slopes of Great Sca Fell, flowing westerly to the Solway Firth. Drainage
from the east of the fell flows eventually into the River Caldew and
then the Eden to again reach the sea at the Solway.
of the view from the top of the fell is northwards to the Solway plain
and beyond to the Scottish Borders.
The view of Lakeland to the
south is severely curtailed by the Skiddaw massif but there is distant
view of the Bowfell group of fells almost 30 kilometres away through a
gap in the hills.
Ascents of Great Sca Fell are usually started
from the minor road which skirts the Uldale fells to the north west.
The hamlets of Orthwaite and Longlands are likely starting points,
either approaching up the valleys or climbing the other fells on the way
and then approaching by the connecting ridges.
routes near Great Sca Fell