Park Fell

Park Fell

Park Fell is the northernmost summit of the hills that make up the Ingleborough massif and is a good viewpoint for the fells of upper Ribblesdale.

Height (m): 563
Height (ft): 1847
Prominence (m): 31
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 3614
Grid Ref: SD764769
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 3

Over 150m lower than Ingleborough and 87m lower than near neighbour Simon Fell, Park Fell still manages to assert itself quite prominently on the Ribblehead scene. Indeed, when the higher fells are covered in cloud it is often Park Fell which is the only summit visible.

Park Fell from near Gearstones
Park Fell from near Gearstones

As with nearly the entire Ingleborough massif the lower slopes of Park Fell are marked by limestone pavements. These pavements include Fell Close Rocks, Sleight Pasture Rocks and New Close Rocks to name just a few. Similarly caves and pot holes also abound, including Washfold Pot and the popular Long Churn Cave.

Park Fell from Sleights Pasture Rocks
Park Fell from Sleights Pasture Rocks

Park Fell is rarely, if ever, climbed for its own sake. Instead it forms the end (or the beginning) of a magnificent traverse that includes Simon Fell and Ingleborough. Peaks baggers will tend to follow the wall in order to bag the summits of Park Fell and Simon Fell. An alternative option is to follow the ‘edge’ path which has wonderful views of Ribblehead and Chapel-le-Dale throughout.

Approaching Park Fell from Simon Fell
Approaching Park Fell from Simon Fell

Apart from the ridge walk from Simon Fell there are two routes on to Park Fell. The first is accessed from the public footpath from Gauber Road passing Salt Lake Cottages and Colt Park. From Colt Park leave the right of way to follow, on access land, the wall which leads all the way to a stile from where the summit is but a 100 yards away.

Small pools near the top of Park Fell
Small pools near the top of Park Fell

The second option is an approach from the north taking the track from Low Sleights Road running between Sleights Pasture Rocks and Fell Close Rocks. Turning into a less distinct grassy quad track it then turns south-west until it climbs gradually to a wall. Follow the wall uphill on steep if easy grass to meet the ‘edge’ path from Simon Fell. Turn left and follow this to the same stile as the Colt Park route.

On the 'edge' path on Park Fell
On the ‘edge’ path on Park Fell

The summit is marked by an Ordnance Survey trig point. The Database of British Hills claims an unmarked spot 10m WSW of the trig point as the highest spot.

Looking across Ribblesdale from the summit of Park Fell
Looking across Ribblesdale from the summit of Park Fell

The view to the south-west is dominated by the higher ground of Simon Fell and Ingleborough. Whernside, which can be better appreciated from the edge path, is visible to the north. It is to the east that Park Fell’s summit view excels, looking across Ribblesdale’s drumlin country towards High Green Field Knott, Plover Hill and Pen-y-ghent.

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