West Fell

West Fell

West Fell is one of three distinct summits on the long ridge descending from The Calf that divides the valleys of Langdale and Bowderdale.

Height (m): 542
Height (ft): 1778
Prominence (m): 45
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 3593
Grid Ref: NY670015
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

The steep eastern flanks of West Fell run over half the length of Bowderdale. To the west equally steep slopes drop down into Langdale. To the north-west a secondary ridge breaks off leading to Langdale Knott.

Looking south along Langdale towards West Fell
Looking south along Langdale towards West Fell

The northern and southern slopes on the ridge itself are much gentler and lead to a fairly flat grassy summit. A tiny pile of stones can be found on the summit. The Database of British Hills lists a blade of grass 2m from the ‘cairn’ as the highest point of the fell. Well actually that is being a bit facetious but sometimes you can be too exact and the pile of stones is as good a place as any for anyone wanting to take a ‘summit’ photo.

My friend Matt pointing to the small pile of stones on the summit of West Fell
My friend Matt pointing to the small pile of stones on the summit of West Fell

The walk along the ridge is a grand one. As with neighbouring Hazelgill Knott and Langdale Knott the views tend to favour the Langdale side of the ridge.

West Fell from Hooksey on the other side of Bowderdale
West Fell from Hooksey on the other side of Bowderdale

From the north there are two routes on to the ridge, from Gaisgill via the mucky Cowbound Lane, or from the bridleway heading south from Bowderdale Foot. From the south the ridge is gained by a clear track descending from The Calf. Alternatively West Fell can be climbed directly, if steeply, from either Langdale or Bowderdale.

Looking across Langdale to West Fell from Middleton
Looking across Langdale to West Fell from Middleton

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