Little Mell Fell is a fell
in the English Lake District and is an outlier of the Eastern Fells,
standing to the north of Ullswater. Two miles to the north west is Great
Mell Fell, often thought of as its 'twin'.
In common with its slightly higher sibling, Little Mell Fell
presents as a rounded dome with fairly steep grass slopes and is
relatively isolated from other fells.
Unlike Great Mell Fell however, it does have
one visible connection to other fells.
Due south from the summit
is The Hause, a narrow col crossed by a minor road. From here a ridge of
high ground swings south west, running parallel to the shore of
Ullswater until it culminates at Gowbarrow Fell.
There are a
number of intermediate tops along the way, including Great Meldrum
(1,433 ft) Little Meldrum (1,325 ft) and Watermillock Common (1,391 ft,
unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps).
Little Mell Fell also manages
to send a short grassy spur out to the north west. Between this and the
main body of the fell is the source of Thackthwaite Gill, a tributary of
Dacre Beck and ultimately of the Eden.
The fell has a few tiny
areas of broadleaved plantation, but otherwise is bare, the lower slopes
being parcelled up into fields for agriculture.
NB - Notices
indicate the presence of adders on the fell.
The summit carries an OS triangulation column and provides views of
the lower reach of Ullswater.
The mountain panorama takes in much
of the Eastern and Far Eastern Fells, but the view is robbed of
foreground by the gentle curvature of the grassy summit.
Minor roads surround the fell on all sides but
The Hause, blessed with parking spaces, is the usual setting-off point
for one of the easiest ascents of a Wainwright.
Cove Camping Park
to the south east provides another alternative for a pathless ascent, as
does Thackthwaite in the north, following Thackthwaite Gill.
Public access through Thackthwaite has however been a source of recent
dispute with residents.
routes near Little Mell Fell