Ullscarf Summit
Ullscarf Summit

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

A Few Facts About Ullscarf

Ullscarf is a fell in the Central Fells of the Lake District close to the geographical centre of the Cumbrian hills. It forms part of the watershed between the Derwentwater and Thirlmere catchments, a ridge running broadly north-south. Ullscarf is bordered on the west by the Greenup valley with steep but mainly grassy slopes the chief exception being Lining Crag. This impressive rock face is prominent in views up the valley standing right beside the bridleway. From above however it is reached via a shallow grassy saddle and makes a fine viewpoint or picnic spot. A number of gills run down this western side of Ullscarf. To the east lies Thirlmere across a moorland of small hillocks. The final descent is steep falling down conifer clad slopes to the reservoir. To the south of Thirlmere is its feeder valley of Wythburndale, which rises eastward to its source below Greenup Edge. Above Wythburndale Ullscarf displays a near continuous line of crags the principal faces being Castle Crag and Nab Crags. A series of low tops crown the edge above Nab Crags one of them bearing a prominent stone structure visible from the valley below. This is marked 'beacon' on OS maps but is in fact a very short length of dry stone wall. It was set up some decades ago to replace a vandalised beacon cairn.

Mining In The Area-
A 16th century mine, Launchy Gill Level, was driven 60 feet (18 metres) into the fellside below White Crags on the Thirlmere side of the fell. A scramble is required just to reach the mouth of the level.

Summit -
The top of the fell is an upland plateau of about 4 square miles predominantly clad in coarse grass and heather. There are few paths on the fell itself. One track follows the watershed, being marked in places by old iron fenceposts. Bridleways cross the ridge to the north and south of Ullscarf providing access from Wythburn, Thirlmere, Stonethwaite and Watendlath. The summit is marked by a large cairn on a small rocky outcrop the old fence post marching past (intermittently) in either direction. Views from the top are extensive befitting the central location with the Scafells and Helvellyn ranges being shown to particular effect.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Central Fell, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, HuMP, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Wainwright

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