Glaramara Summit
Glaramara Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Glaramara, Lake District

A Few Facts About Glaramara

Location -
Glaramara is a substantial fell that is part of a long ridge that stretches for over six kilometres from Stonethwaite in Borrowdale up to the important mountain pass of Esk Hause. The summit of Glaramara at 783 metres (2,569 feet) is the central point of this ridge which separates the valleys of Langstrath and Grains Gill however the ridge has two additional fells numerous subsidiary tops and several small tarns making its traverse an appealing and challenging walk.

What Is In A Name -
The fell's unusual and pleasant sounding name previously only applied to the summit rocks has now been accepted as the name for the whole fell. Like many fells of the district the name comes from a series of Old Norse words which in this case is translated as “Hill with the mountain hut by a chasm”.

Summit Aspects -
The view from the top of the fell is very good. Glaramara’s position in the centre of the Lake District and its relative isolation from other fells by deep valleys gives a good all round panorama with the view north down Borrowdale towards Skiddaw being especially fine. Most walkers will continue south along the ridge towards the next main fell of Allen Crags taking in three more subsidiary tops on the way. The first of these is Looking Steads (775 metres) which has Nuttall status the second is Glaramara South Top / Red Beck Top / Lincomb Head (721 metres) which is a Hewitt and also a Nuttall (called Red Beck Top on the list) and finally High House Tarn Top (684 metres) which is also a Nuttall. All these fell tops are Birketts.

A Local Fell Race -
The fell is the scene of the annual Glaramara Fell Race which has taken place in April in the past but the 2006 event was switched to July. It is an eight kilometre (five mile) race from Glaramara Outdoor Centre near Seatoller to Glaramara’s summit with 640 metres (2,100 feet) of ascent. The winner of the race usually takes around 47 minutes to complete the course.
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Bridge, Buxton & Lewis, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, HuMP, Nuttall, Sim, Southern Fell, Synge, Trail 100, Tump, Wainwright

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