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Name:Fountains Fell
Hill number:2788
Height:668m / 2192ft
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Ribble, Wharfe
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Liverpool Bay, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SD 86417 71585
Summit feature:grassy knoll 15m N of cairn
Col:425m  SD846716  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 98
(1:25k) OL2S OL2W OL30S
Observations:knoll is 40cm higher than base of cairn which is at SD 86413 71571
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Started at the cattle grid near Tennant Gill. Walked the Peninne Way before taking the route east up to the summit.pearsj2025/08/2019
Walking solo. Started from Littondale-Stainforth road at Dawson Close following green lane heading ENE. Left green lane at 876738 (Cow Close) to follow wall directly up Darnbrook Fell. Met farmer who wasn't happy I wasn't on a path and said I'd have to negotiate several walls. Actually only one and not a problem. It's all open access land. Trig point at summit but peat hag on other side of fence looks higher. Headed SW for a few km over trackless terrain to Fountains Fell, bypassing the Tarn to reach the S Top. Rough underfoot ... heather and peat hags. Backtracked to main summit and returned via Pennine Way to road. 4 hours. Weather was cloudy, occasional mist, breezy, dry.jamessteel10022/07/2019
Nuttall walk 12.4 on a lovely day with RosieLongwojo30/04/2019
Silverdale Road > Pennine Way > Fountains Fell > Fountains Fell Tarn > Fountains Fell South Top > Darnbrook Fell > Dawson Close > Silverdale Road. Just me and H, Hazy day with occasional sunshine, ground very dry.johnkaysleftleg24/04/2019
From cattle grid to the W. Nice steady ascent on good paths on a sunny but breezy Spring day. Descended the same wayclimbingkershaw26/03/2019
Parked at Cattle Grid, with C and F. Low to no visibility.BenTullett21/03/2019
Solo. Parked where Pennine Way comes in from the east to meet road at SD852723. Followed the Pennine Way to a high point NE of the summit of Fountains Fell. Followed a path that goes somewhat S of the wall to the summit. Went S to meet wall and follow it to South Top. Went back to summit of Fountains Fell now very misty. Followed alternative path beside the wall to reach Pennine Way and so back to my starting point.pwbellarby01/03/2019
From the cattle grid to the West on a beautiful morning.NormanW25/02/2019
CK SheilaS19/11/2018
With Deborah, Frances and RoryDonpeblo30/09/2018
I set off from the Cattle Grid to the West where the road meets the Pennine Way. I headed up the Way along a good path. There were plenty of Kestrels hovering in the cool but sunny conditions. Higher up the path crossed a small stream and came out on to the plateau. Where the Way crossed a wall I headed east following the wall all the way to the top of Darnbrook. The trig looks to have seen severe erosion as it now sits on a stone block that was I guess covered in peat. Visited the high point as well as another candidate the other side of the fence and another just to the north west. I saw Wheatears Meadow Pipits and plenty of Red Grouse. I headed back the same way. On reaching the Pennine Way I took a path past an open mine shaft and a rock house/oven to the summit of Fountains Fell. Summit was a grassy knoll close to the cairn. Great views across Yorkshire to Lancashire and the Irish Sea. Returned same way. Time 2 hours 20 minutes for 5.75 miles.isabelle25/08/2018
Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell from Malham TarnMountainTerrier28/07/2018
From the South Top and then back to the road via the Pennine Way. Long drive south ahead so saved Darnbrook Fell for another day.milimana20/04/2018
20 km run from Helwith Bridge.Thomas Starnes15/04/2018
7th top of 10 on a 34.5km route from Malham to Settle, climbing Abbot Hills, Great Close Hill, Clapham High Mark, Proctor High Mark, Parson's Pulpit and Darnbrook Fell, continuing along fenceline Nw then keeping in a South-westerly direction mostly parallel with the fence to reach the summit Knoll before the Cairn. The sky has gone darker, brooding with intent. I continued South then following fenceline curve, veering off for South top...Dazingdale25/03/2018
In snow with Cezjpitches07/01/2018
Pennine way, almost no visibility, strong wind and drizzle.Taz3828/10/2017
SR, very wet and windyFrank14/10/2017
Fountains Fell, Fountains Fell South Top and Darnbrook Fell from cattle grid where Pennine Way heads upwards from the road. 6.8 miles.clivevilla20/09/2017
Nuttall walk in reverseRuth17/09/2017
with Frank on a wet and windy day, Darnbrook Fell and then the two tops of Fountains Fell.Lou19/08/2017
E along Pennine Way from Silverdale Rd to the high point, than followed wall out to summitkdbennett30/07/2017
From the cattle grid on the Littondale Road where it is crossed by the Pennine Way.Neilb08/06/2017
A pleasant circuit of Fountains Fell, its South Top and Darnbrook Fell from the cattle grid on the Littondale Road where it is crossed by the Pennine Way.Nick Down101/06/2017
with roger in the snowmy-list14/04/2017
Climbed 15/03/17neilmcoward15/03/2017
Along Pennine Way from the cattle grid, visiting both Nuttall tops. Sadly not enough time for Darnbrook Fell before it got dark, revisit needed!the_adam04/03/2017
1/4 Two in snow and Two without (Fountains Fell/Fountains Fell South Top/Pinshaw Beacon/Little Wolf Stones)Fergalh29/01/2017
Not far away on The Peninne way Spine Race Challenger 2017Yanndroid17/01/2017
With K. Problematic cows on path near road to N. Set off at dusk and summited under the full moon. Magical. Didn't fall down a mine shaft.Ashley17/09/2016
Possibly done in Aug 1986, but today no doubt. Quick run up from the road along the Pennine Way and short detour west on the plateauN.Morters21/07/2016
Up PW from cattle grid to NW to tall cairn then followed track/wall up to cairn on FF summit.mart079709/04/2016
With FS, ES, IS. Nice short circular walk from the road to the NW.amswanston10/10/2015
With AS, FS and IS.eks10/10/2015
With AS, FS and ES.iks10/10/2015
From the road to the west. Fountains Fell, Fountains Fell South Top, Darnbrook Fell. Firm underfoot, no navigation issues even when the cloud dropped.JohnStoneham20/09/2015
Martin's Birthday weekend, Halton Gill. With Jon, Dom, Bob & Laura M.Grinner19/09/2015
A wet, windy and cold July afternoon!Stobbers25/07/2015
2mFM Radio Activation NP-017. Nice day but hailstoned whilst on summit.Petem0hqo29/05/2015
Ascent with Julian Brooksbank and Darren Royle on leg of Pennine Way from Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale. Kept to Pennine Way path from where summit is around 300m to SW at a similar elevation.pwhitaker_196614/05/2015
final hill on nuttall 12.4 walk easier going from south top and a steep drop to follow P W back to carcolinfielding13/05/2015
From the roadside parking by Rainscar (SD843714), making use of the Pennine Way on the way. Route and write-up at:
18.5 miles from horton in ribblesdale to horton.Owain G08/03/2015
Nice easy summit to reach, good views of Pen-Y-ghent.simocity01/03/2015
Second of three Nuttalls. Approached from South Top. Large cairn visible on Summit.jim_aramis01/03/2015
Easy march over from South Top. No view today.Flipperfeet25/02/2015
followed PW back from N in mist. Still can't remember if I did it in 1977 when I did PW. Just follow the path from the stones on the PW and you won't fall down a hole. Probably too much of a detour from PW to have done it.Thearlaichdubh30/10/2014
from Blishmire via Darnbrook fell. good path through the grass and mineshafts leads to cairn. nice spot. returned direct following wall back down to car. 11 hewitts in 3 days.stig_nest22/09/2014