Barbon Low Fell

Barbon Low Fell

Barbon Low Fell is a modest sized but relatively prominent hill which is separated from Castle Knott to the north by Barbondale.

Height (m): 438
Height (ft): 1437
Prominence (m): 133
Classification: Four, HuMP
Hill No: 5312
Grid Ref: SD650808
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 2

The upper reaches of the fell feature numerous grassy knolls and the odd outcropping of rock. In addition to the twin knolls on the summit Low Barbon Fell has two subsidary tops of note, Brownthwaite Pike with its huge cairn to the south and Hoggs Hill, which has enough prominence to be classed as a separate top, to the north.

My wife Lisa next to the huge cairn on Brownthwaite Pike
My wife Lisa next to the huge cairn on Brownthwaite Pike

The summit of Barbon Low Fell can be easily reached by taking the track from Fell Road just above the farm at Gale Garth. On reaching a gate don’t pass through but climb up alongside the wall to the twin summit knolls, one of which is topped by a trig point. The trig point is named Brownthwaite on the Ordnance Survey database. According to the Database of British Hills the knoll immediately to the south-east is higher by 90cm.

The trig point looking south-east to the slightly higher knoll that is the summit
The trig point looking south-east to the slightly higher knoll that is the summit

The view from the summit is extensive, particularly to the south towards the Bowland Fells and to the west where, on a clear day, the southern Lakeland fells are well seen. To the north and east the view is dominated by higher neighbours such as Gragareth, Crag Hill and Calf Top.

Barbon Low Fell from above Leck Beck
Barbon Low Fell from above Leck Beck

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