Fountains Fell

Route info
Distance 10.9 miles
Time 4.5 hrs
Low Point 410 m (approx)
High Point 668 m (approx)
Height gain 258 m (approx)
Terrain Fells, farms and road
Bogs Very muddy and boggy in places
Dogs I personally wouldn’t take them on this walk
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 20,792
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 1000 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1950 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.

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Route description

Fountains-Fell-MapToday we met with Matt from My Pennines for a very windy walk up to Fountains Fell, and then to Darnbrook Fell.

Matt wanted to spend some time exploring the western slopes, looking at some of the pots, holes and caves, so this gave us plenty of time to get to take in the excellent views.

Fountains Fell is classified as a Marilyn and sits about 1.5 miles southeast of Pen-y-ghent, and whilst this dominates the landscape – Fountains Fell is still fairly high as well at 668m (Pen-y-ghent is 694m).  It is much more rounded than Pen-y-ghent and the neighbouring Ingleborough, so perhaps gets a little overlooked because of this.

The Pennine Way is a long distance national trail, running from the Peak District up to Scotland.  It does cross Fountains Fell, although we did take a different route up today.  However, later on we briefly joined the 267 mile trail as we made our way back to the car.

  1. From the roadside parking area near Dale Head, take the track over Rainscar Pasture. The track is not a right of way or access land but the land owner was nearby and said as long as we shut all the gates and didn’t have a dog we were ok.
  2. We walked up Rainscar track to the shooting house and gate. After passing through the gate we went along Fornah Gill by a foot bridge and then headed along a dry stream bed just beyond.
  3. We spent some time exploring some of the shake holes around the western slopes of Fountains Fell, such as Coronation Pot and Coate’s Cavern.
  4. After about an hour exploring, the route ascends east, following a stream up the moor. Eventually revealing a broken drystone wall which gave some temporary shelter from the strong winds.
  5. Follow the drystone walls and look for the disused weather station. I think we found a large pile of stones but it was too windy to hang about.  We’ll have another look for it next time.
  6. From the drystone wall make a beeline for the tarn.
  7. Head for the large cairn which marks the highest point of Fountains Fell at 668 metres.
  8. Pass a disused mineshaft and meet the Pennine Way briefly.
  9. Cross over a barbed wire fence and visit the heavily eroded trig pint on Darnbrook Fell. Retrace your steps back to the barbed wire fence.
  10. Descend the fell down to Dawson Close.
  11. Head southwest along Dawson Close until you reach the road, which is called Pennine Way here.
  12. Head along the Pennine Way until you reach your parking spot.

On this route

Rainscar, Rainscar Pasture, Echo Pot, Gingling Hole, Fornah Gill, Coronation Pot, Coates’ Cavern, Fountains Fell Tarn, Darnbrook Fell, Dawson Close, Pennine Way.