Brandreth – (79) Western Fells

Wainwright 79 – Book 7 ‘The Western Fells’

Height: 2,344ft – 714m

Grid reference: NY 215 119 

Walks Including Brandreth:


Looking back at Sprinkling Tarn with the slopes of Green Gable beyond leading down to Base Brown. Brandreth is seen beyond.  The fell on the right is, I think Dale Head, but I could be wrong!

There’s Sprinkling Tarn ahead of us and well worth the short detour.  The two prominent Western Fells on the left are Great Gable and Green Gable (to the right of the gully) whose ridge runs down to Base Brown.  Behind the ‘dip’ of the ridge, the darker fell is Brandreth

A dramatic photograph of Great Gable, Green Gable leading along the ridge to Base Brown and behind Brandreth and to the right I think It’s Dale Head; with the Northern Fells in the distance.  Taken from near Esk Hause on the route up to Scafell Pike.


Left to right: lower slopes of Robinson leading onto High Snockrigg then down onto Rannerdale Knotts, jutting out into Crummock Water.  In front of High Snockrigg you have the lower end of Whiteless Pike known as Whiteless Breast and in front of that you have the lower slopes of Grasmoor with Lanthwaite Wood at the bottom left hand of the photograph.  The grey fell behind High Snockrigg (on the left) is Comb Head then after the dip it’s Glaramara. The darker fell in front is Fleetwith Pike then Brandreth; the triangular summit is Green Gable then Great Gable with its more rounded summit.  Then Broad Crag and Kirk Fell.  High Crag on the right with its slopes going down to Buttermere (lake) followed by High Stile and the lower slopes of Red Pike.  Finally, Haystacks is the fell to the right if centre directly in front of Great Gable.  Photograph taken from Low Fell.

Rannerdale Knotts from Fellbarrow