Souther Fell is a fell in the English Lake District and stands to
the south of Mungrisdale village in the Northern Fells.
It is the
eastern extremity of Blencathra, a continuation of the arm which runs
down from the summit over Doddick Fell and Scales Fell. A smooth slope
falls eastward from Scales Fell to the col of Mousthwaite Comb at
1,425 ft. The ridge then turns northeast for two miles along the summit
of Souther Fell.
To the north of
the depression, running eastward, is the River Glenderamackin and to the
south of the col, flowing westward is the same river. In the intervening
time the Glenderamackin has run for six miles, surrounding Souther Fell
on three sides like a moat.
The Comb provides its only dry
connection to other ground and even this is almost cut off by the
tributary of Comb beck on the southern slope.
The far northern end of the ridge falls quite steeply to a bend of
the Glenderamackin, across which is the village of Mungrisdale.
The eastern flanks are quite smooth and towards the south have been
enclosed to provide pasture land. Southernfell, Far Southernfell and
Hazelhurst are the farms here.
At the southern end, on the turn
of the ridge, is the rockier slope of Knotts, falling toward the main
Keswick to Penrith road.
The western side of the fell stands
above the enclosed valley of the Upper Glenderamackin, looking across to
A footbridge crosses the river just north of
Mousthwaite Comb, the only reliable crossing between here and
Souther Fell has two main tops, although a
number of other bumps crown the ridge. That to the north east is the
true summit, the southern top being perhaps 30 ft lower. A small cairn
marks the top.
This being the last of the Northern Fells in that
direction, the view across to the Pennines is uninterrupted. The
Lakeland view peeps around the looming presence of Blencathra, taking in
Great Gable, the Scafells, the nearer Helvellyn range and a portion of
the Far Eastern Fells.
From Scales on the A66 road an ascent can
be made up Comb Gill to Mousthwaite Comb.
Wainwright suggests a direct route across the fields behind the Mill
routes near Souther Fell