From miles around, Mell Fell looks enticing, a mountain drawn by children with a definite starting point and end point. It’s dead easy to climb and it takes you through a variety of interesting landscapes – woodland, grassland, gnarly pines, windswept trees and an amazing view from the top.
Mell Fell is near Ullswater (between Keswick and Penrith). From Keswick take the A66 towards Penrith and after eight miles turn right (signed Troutbeck). Carry on through Troutbeck, out the other side and keep going for two and a half miles. At Matterdale End turn left (signed Penruddock 3½ and Penrith 10). Drive for one mile and then park on the road, just by a track that leads left up Mell Fell.
Walk up the track and don’t make the mistake we made which was to take the first path right which had a big sign saying ‘Mell Fell’. This is pretty but steep and you will find you are making up the path as you go along.
Instead, take the second right over a stile (or through a gate). The path goes left through the gate and just follow it up the hill and to the top for some breathtaking views.
This walk is particularly handy for our Ullswater Cottages and Eden Valley Cottages (and also our Keswick Cottages). We even have a cottage called Little Mell which is the nearest one to this lovely Lake District walk. For more of our Lake District cottages, please follow the link.