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Name:Little Fell
Hill number:2713
Height:748m / 2454ft
Parent (Ma):2711  Mickle Fell
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Western Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Eden (Carlisle), Tees
Watershed:Tees Bay, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Solway Firth, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:NY 78093 22293
Summit feature:large flat area of grass and heather; no cairn
Drop:73m
Col:675m  NY792238  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91
(1:25k) OL19N
Observations:second location of equal height at NY 78121 22289 30m to E
Survey:Abney level
Comments:B&L give NY781224 but summit area is featureless
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 227 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From car park near Cow Green Reservoir on non-firing day.lenman05/05/2019
out ticking off some nuttalls in lovely weather conditions starting at GR NY 80287 22229 on the county boundary a walk mainly off cross country to the summit off mickle fell little fell also getting little fell trig in a bad way now and also arnside rake little fell arnside rake mickle fell pt 2547 and hilton fellDarren-44321/04/2019
out ticking off some nuttalls in lovely weather conditions starting at GR NY 80287 22229 on the county boundary a walk mainly off cross country to the summit off mickle fell little fell also getting little fell trig in a bad way now and also arnside rake little fell arnside rake mickle fell pt 2547 and hilton fellmy-list21/04/2019
From public CP in Murton. Murton Pike -> the 2 Murton Fells -> Little Fell -> Tinside Rigg -> Long Fell -> Roman Fell. Pleasant 19k round in deep snow on a non-firing day.jonglew02/02/2019
Burton Fell West Top > Burton Fell > Little Fell trig > Little Fell > Burton Fell pt. 2399 (Scott Howe) > Warcop Fell from GR: NY 73546 20774ronaldo33305/01/2019
Burton Fell West Top > Burton Fell > Little Fell trig > Little Fell > Burton Fell pt. 2399 (Scott Howe) > Warcop Fell from GR: NY 73546 20774Hippster05/01/2019
A long slog up from Tinside Rigg via trig point.Wheelsy30/12/2018
Non firing day from east then via long fell and tinside, return via Burton Fell pillar. Very limited visibility above 500m. Heavy rain.cjo03/11/2018
With Andycolinfielding07/10/2018
Followed track from Mickle Fell. With Colin.bevandy11407/10/2018
ACW circuit from Hilton. Roman Fell, Long Fell, Tinside Rigg & Little Fell, then W into Scordale valley. Very quiet on fells, did not see anyone else - quite a pleasant walk, with good views. (13km,600m).ger25/08/2018
Murton Fell - Mickle Fell - Little Fell - Long Fell - Tinside Rigg.tomd405/05/2018
A very wet and windy Xmas day walk from Hilton. Up via Swindale and down via Scordale. It’s a wild place in the mist on the featureless summit. Back home by the fire and Xmas dinner by 2pm. One more Nuttall to go!Hammy25/12/2017
A group of twelve met at Town Head above the village of Hilton, including three leaders from the AONB. Whereas all my walks to date in the North Pennines have been characterised by bleakness, this one started with a lush valley, walking alongside the beautiful Scordale Beck. After Swindale Brow, it became a rocky ravine. By the time we reached Scordale Head we were nearly at 2,000 feet, and we then left the path to walk south-east to the summit, which was unmarked. The weather had been unsettled since a hot spell in mid-June, but views were clear today in the sunshine. Early in the descent we saw unexploded ordnance – a reminder of why it is not recommended that this mountain is climbed unaccompanied. A path led down to Swindale Edge and then to Scordale Beck again.peter4lc08/07/2017
With Graham, Tove, Andrew and Steve. From Hilton via Long Fell and Tineside Rigg.ruthatlast01/07/2017
As per the Nuttall guide book 9.4dianepick20/04/2017
From Hilton out to Swindale Beck then well up row before cutting back to Roman Fell. Followed broad ridge back and over Long Fell and Tinside Rigg (English Nuttalls finished again)! Decided might as well break all the rules and did Little Fell again via the trig point. Great walk and didn't see a single bit of munitions.SS31/12/2016
Murton Fell (B+L) - Hilton Fell - Little Fell - Little Fell trig - Tinside Rigg - Tinside Rigg West Top - Long Fell - Roman Fellronaldo33327/08/2016
From Hilton. Tried to do it legally but I had missed the once a year walk. Had a Mickle Fell permit though so it was semi-legal.clivevilla06/08/2016
Walked on my own from Hilton. Fine and breezy It was not easy to find the few stones that mark the summit of this fell. Luckily I met someone else who was looking and we managed to find them together.flockwatcher06/08/2016
Did it legally from Hilton on annual guided walk.David Gradwell10/07/2016
Route 9.4 from the Nuttall's book. Had a permit but no phone signal so didn't ring the guard room. Little Fell was reasonably straightforward and the route to Mickle Fell was fairly easy as long as you follow the Nuttall's directions and stick to the quad bike tracks. After this though it gets pretty hard and you're up to your ankles in heather most of the way to Murton Fell. Didn't see a soul all day. The only shell casings I saw were from grouse shooting. Pretty wet, cloudy and windy all day.tsharp09/07/2016
NINTH CONSECUTIVE SUNNY DAY FROM ALSTON BASE CAMP. FOLLOWED NUTTALL'S WALK 9.4. EARLY START (SCRAPED OFF ICE) FOR LONG DRIVE ROUND TO HILTON. HAD PERMIT AND PHONE CALL HAD AUTHORISED ROUTE OVER LITTLE FELL. WENT STRAIGHT UP GRASSY TRACK OVER SWINDALE BROW WHICH LED EASILY ALL THE WAY TO LITTLE FELL. EASY WALK ON TO MICKLE FELL KEEPING TO RIDGE AS ADVISED. NO SIGN OF SHELLS ANYWHERE BUT GROUSE SHOOTING PARTY IN THE BOTTOM BY SWARTH BECK. QUITE TOUGH DESCENT TO SWARTH BECK AND ROUGH WALK UP BECK, THEN SIKE TO MURTON FELL. EXHAUSTED, BUT EASY CROSSING TO BRIDLEWAY AND BACK DOWN MINE TRACK AS DUSK WAS FALLING.BURGESS03/10/2015
From Mickle Fell, had a pass. Followed a vehicle track in the grass on the ridge above Force Beck until I was under the grassy flank of the fell. Followed GPS GR to the unmarked flat grassy top. Direct descent back to Hanging Seal, lovely waterfall passed on Force Beck. Very wet underfoot everywhere. Border fence back to Car at NY831199.Saw no one or any unexploded shells!mick30/08/2015
Climbed as part of a circular route from Hilton of Roman Fell, Long Fell, Tinside Rigg, Little Fell, Mickle Fell, Murton Fell x2 and Murton Pike. Mostly pathless peaty ground that was damp underfoot.JohnStoneham30/08/2015
Parked in Hilton. Easy walk into swindale brow and then followed a grassy track up the nose from there. Worth noting that i didnt see a single shell this way. Some areas of squelchiness in particular between standards fold and the summit region but the track leads all the way to the summit cone. Actual summit is nondescript. Trig, whats left of it stands within a shelter at other end of the plateau. Felt sorry for the trig. The central core is now damaged and whilst its been poorly for some time it looked particularly flimsy and forlorn. so built the stones up around it. At least this will preserve it a bit longer. Headed for Mickle fell next. Dont short cut it.. stick to the watershed.stig_nest01/08/2015
Bagged on AONB guided walk.Alan Caine11/07/2015
Parked at Murton NY730220 on sunday after the flags are lowered (around midday). Head east to Swindale Brow, then keep on the bridleway to NY770207 at Siss Gill. Follow faint paths to west of Siss Gill to summit. Return by same routedicky bird17/05/2015
Visited on AONB guided walk. Excellent guides. One guide had a surveying quality satnav and confirmed the OS spot height as the lump next to the one with the pile of stones, although also measured both to be the same height. Never walked with so many Nuttall Baggers. Two of us completed the English Nuttalls today (although in my case excluding Pillar Rock as I'm a walker not a climber). Even had an explanation of bare peat renovation from an expert who is working on the area between Little Fell and Mickle Fell - tread lightly if you cross here - they chose this area to work on because it's the most damaged in the northern Pennines.ijpowell12/07/2014
Mickle Fell - Arnside Rake - Hilton Fell - Little Fellronaldo33320/04/2014
From Hilton on a non firing day, via Scordale, Swindale, then up beside Siss GillFisky Boy08/09/2013
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke08/09/2013
From Tinside Rigg, passing ruined sheepfold with unexploded shell lying there (see Gallery), very tatty trig in a shelter and a lot of shakeholes. Summit vague, couple of tiny cairns. Continued to Murton Fell.Aye Jimmy07/07/2013
Parked at road end in Hilton village – SE along track – NE up track zigzags to summit of Long Fell (B&L) – Tinside Rigg (B&L) – NE & then N. across rough moorland to the summit of Little Fell – NE across rough moorland to summit of Mickle Fell – W. to pick up the path down Scordale Beck – Got confused in mist & ended up going over Murton Fell & down Trundale Gill – Harbour Flatt farm – High Cup House - Picked up by PM. (PM)gerrybowes05/05/2013
Heavy snowfall all day made the walk very slow....took far longer than expected. Nothing but a trudge through deep virgins snow. Took in Burton Fell as well without even the reward of a view. A true Pennine winters day. This completes all the English 2000 feet hills. I'm glad that I climbed (or was pulled up) Pillar Rock and Napes Needle as a far fitter and less cumbersome 18 year old ..... nearly 50 years ago!moorsman03/11/2012
On the North Pennines AONB Little Fell access walk.alistairpooler14/07/2012
From Hilton. (My last English Nuttall).Marshsand14/07/2012
Came over from Mickle Fell on a non-firing day. Saw no shells. Reasonably good underfoot. Bagged summitt before going on to the very damaged trig point. Gave Murton Fell a miss as I had forgotton my water. Luckily bannannas and apples have a high water content! In cloud all day. No views and wet through but little rain as such.Father Ted02/06/2012
First climbed 07/02/2010 well almost, found trig point and thought it was top so returned today to bag properly. <BR> Circular walk from Car park on B6276 on Durham/Cumbria border . <BR> <a href="http://stevejsmith56englishnuttalls.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/mickle-fell.html" target="_blank" >Route details walked</a> <BR> Including statistics, map, photographs and walk description.<BR>SteveSmith03/03/2012
Followed the ridge from Roman Fell. Hard work in the powdery snow.davidpettit8404/02/2012
From Hilton as described by Nuttalls. Very boggy on top, some frozen snow in hollows. Returned over Roman Fell.wombourne31/12/2011
Start ~ 735207, Hilton village. Followed track up river into Scordale and at junction of valleys took a visible track steeply up onto Swindale Edge, the path, which isn't on the map continues right up to the summit of Little Fell. Went on new years eve, non firing day!steve hudson31/12/2011
I just walked around until i was happy that i was stood on highest local point!!!! very low cloud that day.. the dogs must have thought i was mental going around in circles!!!Mc Tango22/12/2011
With Dad on a non-firing day. Passed three shells. We followed the Nuttalls' route, but added on Murton Pike and Roman Fell. We found a faint path/track heading to the summit from Roman Fell. On to Mickle Fell from here.AGWilliamson27/08/2011
KeithByTheC12/06/2011
petey07/08/2010
with Amy, James, Holly and Billierob_vet6901/05/2010
Arrived at trig point about 4pm while still light (just)thinking this was the top. Decide to press on for Mickle Fell but take bearing from wrong place as think I am at top. Didn't make Mickle Fell so will return to bag Little Fell properly. Epic circular walk from Hilton. <BR> <a href="http://stevejsmith56englishnuttalls.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/little-fell-mickle-fell-aborted.html" target="_blank" >Route details walked</a> <BR> but no photographs as I lost my camera, amongst other things, but detailed description along with lessons learned.SteveSmith07/02/2010
from hilton via the trigpoint and on to mickle fell.asbown30/08/2009
With Jamie Jovegibagger24/05/2009