Fountain’s Fell

  • Fountains & Darnbrook Fell
  • Interesting summit area
  • Good access on Pennine Way

It seemed obvious to me to link these two  Dales 30 hills in a single walk and looking at the map I preferred heading up the Pennine Way from the South. Sadly I miscalculated 2 things; a schoolboy error meant that I headed out in low misty cloud so ended up with a poor set of photographs (missing out on what I suspect were magnificent views off Darnbrook Fell in to Littondale) and secondly the crossing between the two fells was particularly rough and on the route I took, trackless.  It is certainly a walk I will return to though.

Update Oct 2016. I returned in good autumnal weather and completed the full round. On the crossing between the 2 summits stick to the wall, there is a faint track and it can be followed most of the way down Darnbrook as well even though it feels you are heading too far east.

Having said that Fountain’s Fell is an interesting place, made mysterious in the mist, with tall boy cairns, mine shafts and hidden shelters peppering the large summit area. With the Pennine Way passing close to the summit it is also quick and easy to get to but moving off the Way and in to the access land is more challenging. However it is not necessary to cross the great walls of the area, a gate takes you through the first, a part fence at the col between the fells through the second and then it is best to stick close to the east/south of the wall before picking up the new wired fence that passes close to the summit of Darnbrook.

Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell are two of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: Keep to the high ridge off Darnbrook for the best of the walking and views (allegedly) before dropping directly to the farm at Darnbrook

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Fountain,s Fell

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OS Map: OS 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North Buy Map
Start Point: SD 884691. Where the Pennine Way crosses the road at the entrance to Tennant's Gill there is space for 2 or 3 cars. It is unlikely to be busy!
Height to Climb: 383 ms (1260 feet)
Terrain: I have outlined a few of the difficulties in the main text once leaving the Pennine Way. The crossing is hard work although sticking to the wall helps the climb to Darnbrook
Eating & Drinking: Either head for the Falcon Inn at Arncliffe in Littondale or return to Malham, they are roughly equidistant
Similar Walks Nearby: Birks Fell, Wharfedale
Hidden Valleys of Wharfedale
Fells over Hawes
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  1. John h nuttall says:

    Enjoyable walk done from road near to Pennine Way Route to Tennant Gill Farm.
    Route straightforward to the cairns on Fountains Fell, there used to be five but now down to four and three of them are in a precarious state.looking back on the way up you can see Malham Tarn.on the top great views of Penyghent, Ingleboro the track up has been repaired and was dry all the way.
    From the top to Darnbrook Fell was relatively straightforward but don’t expect any footpaths to follow, use the walls as guides and “Tramp ” thru’ a mixture of heather and moss/grass/peat outcrops to reach the Trig Point, raised above all surrounding peat hags.
    The route from the Trig to Darnbrook House Farm is best done by staying on the high ground and heading more East than you anticipate, the terrain is mixed moorland, wet and boggy in places. Eventually you will see the stone walls and road to give you a good idea where to head for, the scars to the West of the farm and tree plantation to the East are good markers.
    One disappointing detail of the walk was the number of dead sheep left in various state of decay including pregnant ewes.

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