The Western Fells

Mellbreak [North Top] Summit
Mellbreak [North Top] Summit
Steeple Summit With Pillar Beyond
Steeple Summit With Pillar Beyond
The Western Fells are centred on Great Gable and they occupy a triangular area between Buttermere and Wasdale. The Western Fells are characterised by high ridges and an abundance of naked rock. They rise gradually from the Cumbrian coastal plain. The inner boundary is well-defined. The River Cocker runs along the north eastern edge and Wasdale to the south east. In the acute angle where these valleys converge the border is taken up by headwaters of Borrowdale closing the gap between Honister Pass and Sty Head. Honister connects to the North Western Fells and Sty Head to the Southern.

The highest point of the Western Fells is Great Gable which stands at 899 metres (2,949 feet). The summit of Great Gable is strewn with boulders and the highest point marked by a rock outcrop set with a cairn. There is a plaque set on the summit rock commemorating those members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who died in World War I. An annual memorial service is held here on Remembrance Sunday.

Walks In The Western Fells