10 of my favourite ‘Easy’ fells

June 16, 2016

Maybe ‘Easy’ is not quite the correct term for any climb but there are some that are definitely more straightforward than others. It may simply be that the rewards of getting to the summit of these Easy fells heavily outweigh the effort involved in getting there.

The walks I have chosen are single summit climbs and, although not big, stand proud amongst their neighbours. They are in no particular order (although I do think Dufton Pike is a little special!) but I have selected them from the North of England.

1. Gowbarrow via Aira Force, Ullswater.

Looking east on Gowbarrow

Typifies the Lake District fells; rocky knolls, bracken covered slopes, hidden dells and splendid views (in this case up Ullswater). In addition Gowbarrow Fell includes the pretty waterfalls of Aira Force

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2. Dufton Pike, Northern Pennines

Descent to north on Dufton Pike

Dufton Pike forms a perfectly conical hill which stands out dramatically from the vast Pennine Moors that border it. The slopes are of short grass and the summit area (small that it is) is delightful.

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3. Lion & the Lamb, Central Lakes

High point Lion & the Lamb

The rocky summit area offering some excellent scrambling (a must to keep the kids interested) yet the steep sides and central Lakeland situation creates wonderful views and secret surprises.

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4. Mellbreak, Buttermere

Kirkstile Inn Loweswater

I have always enjoyed climbing Mellbreak (it is steep), but the views are wonderful; as is the walk back along the shores of Crummock Water, a place I used to canoe during my childhood.

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5. Roseberry Topping, North York Moors

Classic Roseberry Topping

Great fun and like Dufton completely out of character with the surrounding landscape. It has become a yearly pilgrimage for many and the graceful slopes are always full of picnickers, trippers and romantics.

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6. Black Combe over the Irish Sea

Black Combeview west

To the south west of the Lakes lies a steep grassy hill which has been in the news lately due to the proposal to add pylons to its lovely slopes. Anyone who has taken a walk up here on a summer’s evening will fight this proposal tooth and nail.

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7. Kisdon Fell, Swaledale

Above Thwaite

My favourite small fell in the Yorkshire Dales, the steep sided Kisdon Pike stands proud amongst the moors. The hill is ringed by the embryonic River Swale and 3 extaordinarily pretty Dales villages.

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8. Angletarn Pikes, Ullswater

Angle Tarn reflections

Angle Tarn is overlooked by the twin peaks of Angletarn Pikes, a lovely area of Lakeland hidden between Ullswater and the High Street range, rugged but picturesque as all the Lakes should be.

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9. Penhill, Wensleydale.

Penhill Beacon

Typical Dales, great views, excellent, easy walking and a wonderful history to discover. I first climbed Penhill 10 years ago and nearly missed the famous Beacon but even then would have enjoyed the climb.

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10. Yewbarrow,Western Lakes

Yewbarrow from the road

With lovely views over Wast water and across to the Scafells, Yewbarrow is shaped like the upturned keel of a boat. It offers an easy scramble whichever direction it is approached from and has very steep flanks.

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Yes I know it’s only 10 and the rewards of any climb outweigh the effort involved but they are my favourites.

Enjoy your walking


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