Blease Fell

Blease Fell

Blease Fell, along with its close neighbour Hare Shaw, forms the far north western corner of the Howgill Fells. Despite being one of the lower fells in the Howgills it is, at least for motorists on the M6, also one of the more prominent.

Height (m): 474
Height (ft): 1555
Prominence (m): 57
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16355
Grid Ref: NY624004
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 2

The western and southern flanks fall steeply down into the Lune Valley with the western flanks forming part of what is known as the Lune Gorge. This is the point where the river, motorway and railway line all squeeze through the gap between Blease Fell on the one side and Jeffrey’s Mount on the other.

Blease Fell from Carlin Gill
Blease Fell from Carlin Gill

In complete contrast to the western and southern flanks the northern slopes fall away gently over Powson Knott and Roger Howe, two subsidary bumps, before finally reaching Tebay. To the east of the fell there is a wide saddle with Uldale Head. This is the only high ground that connects both Blease Fell and Hare Shaw with the main Howgill range.

Blease Fell from Uldale Head
Blease Fell from Uldale Head

Blease Fell also forms the head of the valley of Tebay Gill which is enclosed within the north ridges of Blease Fell and Hare Shaw. Hare Shaw itself is only two metres lower than its near neighbour and can be reached by a short easy walk north east from Blease Fell’s summit.

Looking back towards Blease Fell from the faint path leading to Hare Shaw
Looking back towards Blease Fell from the faint path leading to Hare Shaw

Nearly all the walking on Blease Fell is easy. The fell is usually climbed from Tebay, initially on a narrow farm road which turns into a fairly broad and clear path. There is very little of immediate interest on the walk, this is of no matter as the eye is most likely to be drawn to the excellent views of Borrowdale and beyond to the Lakeland skyline.

Blease Fell from Fell Head with the Lakeland fells in the distance
Blease Fell from Fell Head with the Lakeland fells in the distance

The summit of the fell is unmarked and fairly dull, however a short distance to the north a small cairn marks an excellent viewpoint both of the River Lune as it heads south, but also of some of the nearby Howgill summits with Fell Head and Linghaw showing up particularly well.

The Lune Valley from the small cairn to the south of the summit
The Lune Valley from the small cairn to the south of the summit

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