Great Mell Fell is one of the smaller Wainwright's, it lies within the Eastern Fells along with it's companion, Little Mell Fell. Both are among the first of the Wainright Fells seen on approach to the National Park from Penrith, and their locations are extremely accessible. Great Mell Fell is a very popular Wainwright walk partly due to its location and also because of it's relatively easy approach to the summit. There are 154 higher Wainwright fells in the lake district, however reaching the summit of Great Mell Fell is very rewarding indeed as this this small fell boasts spectacular views across Blencathra to the North West, Gowbarrow Fell to the South and Hartside in the South West with the Helvelyns protruding in the distance.
Great Mell Fell has many approaches to the summit, the most popular being from the South Easern side of the fell starting the assent on an obvious bridleway that meets the road. The best views are seen from the summit towards Blencathra although there are many points of interest along the the way including some beauitiful wind swept trees that line the fell side.
A windswept tree on Great Mell Fell - Photograph by Jack Towers