Bram Rigg

Bram Rigg Top

Bram Rigg Top, sandwiched between Calders to the south and The Calf to the north, was once classed as the third highest summit in the Howgill Fells.

Height (m): 672
Height (ft): 2205
Prominence (m): 14.68
Classification: ex-Nuttall
Hill No: 2739
Grid Ref: SD668964
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 4

Bram Rigg Top was on the original list of Nuttalls, a list of English and Welsh mountains over 2,000ft with a prominence of at least 50ft (15m), published by John and Anne Nuttall. However, a survey by John Barnard and Graham Jackson in October 2016 found that there was only a drop of 14.68m between Bram Rigg Top and the higher Calders. Unfortunately, this meant that Bram Rigg Top was removed from the list of Nuttalls.

Bram Rigg Top as seen from The Calf
Bram Rigg Top as seen from The Calf

The name means literally the top of Bram Rigg, a steep grassy ridge that drops west towards Chapel Beck and which is flanked by Calf Beck to the north and Bram Rigg Beck to the south. A bridleway climbs Bram Rigg on its way to The Calf. Perhaps in a premonition of its lack of separate moutain status the bridleway avoids the highest point, as does incidentally the path between The Calf and Calders.

Bram Rigg Beck with Bram Rigg on the left and Calders on the right
Bram Rigg Beck with Bram Rigg on the left and Calders on the right

The highest point of Bram Rigg Top is situated about 150m west of the main path between Calders and The Calf. Having losts it Nuttall status even fewer will now make the detour from the path.

Bram Rigg Top to the left of the wide path between Calders and The Calf
Bram Rigg Top to the left of the wide path between Calders and The Calf

The summit is marked, or at least was marked, by a typically Howgillian small pile of stones. Due to the close proximity of The Calf and Calders the view from Bram Rigg Top is not as fine as either of those two fells though on a clear day it does feature a wonderful view towards the Lake District.

The summit of Bram Rigg Top looking towards the Lake District
The summit of Bram Rigg Top looking towards the Lake District

Although I’m sure that, if it was at all sentient, Bram Rigg Top wouldn’t care less that it was no longer a Nuttall I think it is a bit of a shame. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps it is just that having visited it four times as a Nuttall it is disappointing to find out that it no longer is one.

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