Fountains Fell South Top from the south

Fountains Fell South Top

Fountains Fell South Top is the rather prosaic name given to a subsidary summit of Fountains Fell.

Height (m): 662
Height (ft): 2172
Prominence (m): 15
Classification: Nuttall
Hill No: 2789
Grid Ref: SD868707
OS Map OL2, OL30
No. of Visits 4

Just six metres lower than the main summit, Fountains Fell South Top has a topographic prominence of just 15m (50ft). This means that it only just qualifies as a Nuttall though falls someway short of the rather more stringent requirements to qualify as a Hewitt.

Looking towards Fountains Fell South from the main summit of Fountains Fell
Looking towards Fountains Fell South from the main summit of Fountains Fell

In the shallow col between Fountains Fell and Fountains Fell South Top is Fountains Fell Tarn. It is one of the highest tarns in the Yorkshire Dales with a good view east towards Great Whernside and Little Whernside. It is well worth the short detour to visit it.

Fountains Fell Tarn
Fountains Fell Tarn

A thin path runs from the summit of Fountains Fell on to Fountains Fell South Top. Although this path is not marked on the map some wooden posts mark the way. The top of Fountains Fell South is marked by a tiny pile of stones on a slight rise above an area of eroded peat. One curious aspect of the view is that although the south top is further away from Pen-y-Ghent the view of it is actually better than from the main summit.

The small pile of stones marking the highest point of Fountains Fell South
The small pile of stones marking the highest point of Fountains Fell South Top

Also to be found on Fountains Fell South Top are the remains of a weather station. Apart from fans of such things it is probably not worth the effort going looking for it. All I could find was a rusting metal base.

The meagre remains of the weather station
The meagre remains of the weather station

More intriguing is the large pile of stones a bit further east. Surprisingly not labelled on the map it looks like the remains of some kind of building or, more probably some kind of shelter of sheepfold. From both the ruin and the weather station there is an excellent prospect of Malham Tarn.

The ruin to the east of the summit
The ruin to the east of the summit

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