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Name:Great Bank
Hill number:3806
Height:329m / 1079ft
Parent (Ma):2454  Illgill Head
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Birkett, Synge
Grid ref:NY 14395 01939
Summit feature:no feature
Col:316m  NY145021  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89
(1:25k) OL6N
Observations:ground 10m SW at NY 14387 01931 may be as high; ground 12m NE at NY14402 01951 is lower
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 150 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Birkett 3 with PeteDave Geere20/10/2019
My last Birkett with RoxyDARRENG07/07/2019
From Eskdale Green through Miterdale Forest.citygent18/05/2019
With Tali, wet and windy. Done the top many times but keep forgetting to log.Mountain Goat02/03/2019
Obstacle-free route - from path/forest track junction at NY 13745 01800, gravel forest road has been extended to just E of wall at NY 14045 02075, from where felling/extraction vehicle has made a rough track, through wall at NY 14337 02085, and up to rock-studded knoll at NY 14480 02070, where there is a faint fork. 50 m of easy brashings, leaves 150 m of 'post-holing' in deep tussocks to top - low level ruined wall just before top has several easy crossing places. All on FC land, whereas route Southwards along E side of wall from the Irton Pike - Whin Rigg ridge is on neither FC nor NT land and fence in S 'corner' has been renewed.Isbjorn12/09/2018
WOs 45; Bs 40 and 41. Torrential rain all morning at Ravenglass but dry p.m. though high fells under cloud. Went up Irton Crag by the Wasdale bridleway and then along the ridge to Irton Fell - hard work as ground very soggy and paths like rivers after rain. Descended to little col for Great Bank. Very difficult and unpleasant ascent and descent through deep heather and bracken with lots of bog and felled tree debris but mercifully short. Returned via forest track to rejoin bridleway.BURGESS26/07/2017
Small parking area in old quarry at 122012 (Space for 6-8 cars) – After bagging Irton Fell, dropped down to the wall/fence corner at 142021 – Over fence & then ENE up vehicle track through felled area for about 150yd – Turned right & 200yd along tussocky ridge to unmarked summit. Returned to fence corner & then NW on RHS of fence to gate in wall at 140024 – Back down Irton Fell track. (S)gerrybowes20/07/2017
Irton Fell and Great Bank from Porterthwaite.rhalstead15/04/2017
From Porterthwaite then followed east wall of felled forest and traipsed across brushwood and bog that could've been worse. On to Irton Fell.Wycombe Wanderer04/01/2017
tough little climb over felled trees should have followed path to irton fell and climb from that side which was the way we came down walked with Andy and back to ravenglass on rattycolinfielding20/12/2016
After Muncastle Fell and Silver Knott with Colin.bevandy11420/12/2016
From disused pit parking area near Santon Bridge (NY 12186 01242) - Irton Pike - Irton Fell - Great Bank.david23020103/12/2016
Short walk to take in Irton Fell and Great BankHavenchris02/10/2016
From Irton Pike. Last bit very tussocky.ngthack21/08/2016
Mitredale CircuitAjm031011/07/2016
Grim weather, camp at Stoney TarnJohnB02/04/2016
From Eskdale Green / Miterdale then return via blind tarn / Blea tarn. Lovely relatively dry underfoot,steep face and lots of closed paths due to forestry.Karmakarl07/03/2016
Descended from Irton Fell through the devastated forest. The top is untouched - heather and is fairly easy to walk through. A self made solo descent through Merebeck Gill to the track at 142016.bolton02/11/2015
Similar route to Eddie end yes YUKrobert13/10/2015
From below in Miterdale, park at the old crossroads half a mile before bridge and take the old bridleway to Irton Fell, so easily up the hill crossing the forest track 3-4 times. At the final road either bear right to pass through forestry working (if allowed) or continue on and skirt around Illgill head to Caddy Well. That way a simple cross of forestyry ops road. Final summit assault is through tussock grass and some bracken. Glorious views to coast, Muncaster Fell and Scafell range.nordicstar01/10/2015
Extended Wainwright's Irton Pike route to include Great Bank, (yuk) and Irton Fell (brill). Great Bank over Tonka tracks through felled, pine detritus just to north of summit - Ratsville.Eddie05/09/2015
Parked in the Old quarry CP by the side of the Eskdale Bridge to Santon Bridge Road NY 121012 > Illgill Head > Whin Rigg (Wasdale) > Irton Fell > Great Bank > Irton Pike > Old quarry CPTony Hartry II23/06/2015
Ascended from dead end forest road from the NW. This was being worked on and now extends to about 30m short of the wall junction to the north of the summit. There are good faint paths from there and the stream, wall and trees are easily negotiated. On the return I headed for Caddy Well. This saves descent but the trees were much thicker and denser. A bad choice. The field below Caddy Well is also boggy and the rest thick spongy grass.Nick Caunt09/04/2015
Quarry car Park Irton Park Irton Fell High Bank Quarry car Park Irton ParkAndy Hirst05/09/2014
Diversion on way back from Illgill, Whin Rigg and Irton Fell. Straightforward until last 200m at junction of forest, flattened forest and deep heather & grassy tussocks. Latter made for rough going. Return over ridge to Irton Pike via the flattened forest wasn't as bad as it looked.Aye Jimmy02/09/2014
Ascended ridge via Greathall Gill, diverted S for Irton Fell and Great Bank before returning to main Illgill Head path for the ridge walk. Couldn't find to this Birkett; after descending from Irton Fell crossed a b/w fence and made the best of it over very rough, steep ground to summit. Superb views over to Muncaster Fell.jonglew09/09/2013
Easy parking Miterdale. Via Merebeck Gill west side - pretty awful - as felled forest goes it isn't too bad. Then grass and path to top. Better route to take the other track which comes to a dead end then not too much felled forestdestaylor29/08/2013
From Irton Fell with Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave24/07/2013
From quarry CP via Irton FellAnduril05/06/2013
Easy access from Irton Fell by climbing over 3ft wire fence and gap in trees. Returned via same way.PhilB11/05/2013
Very steep direct ascent from the Miterdale car parking area. Had to crawl through the access gate into a pheasant pen but negotiate a very tricky, 8 foot high wire fence at the other side in order to avoid doubling back.moorsman20/04/2013
Irton Pike, Irton Fell, Great Bankronaldo33309/03/2013
Birkett 2Dave Geere22/07/2012
With Jo, circular walk from Nether Wasdale: Greathall Gill, Whin Rigg, Great Bank, returning pass Flass Tarn. Weather; sunny with high intermittent cloud, cold wind, very good visibility.amblerbob30/04/2012
walked with MRchrisj196502/01/2012
After Whin Rigg and Irton Fell. very disappointing little hill. hardly worth the bother! Easiest way at it is not through the bulk of Miterdale Forest but to descend from Caddy Well see map above and over a little fence and through 5 metres of trees thenbenarbia_827/02/2010
Fantastic crop of bilberries on here. Sod of a hill to climb up though, heather was waist high.Crib Goch11/07/2009
Birketts CLF walk W/SCR1, Old Quarry CP (NY 12189 01256) > Irton Pike > Irton Fell > GREAT BANK summit unmarked, possible two high points of equal height (NY 14390 01946 & NY 14402 01951) > Miterdale Forest > Old Quarry CPTony Hartry27/04/2009
last of nine peaks this afternoon and also my last birkett around eskdalegigglejon08/05/2008
With HBremnerB08/12/2005
Rought rocky, heathery top surrounded by plantations. Great view pointmick21/12/2002
Slept in car then up Lowscales Fell at 7am drove to Wasdale to meet Darren for epic 9 hour (not 4 as guessed!) bagging day. Scrambled up tree filled Greathall Gill. Over Irton Pike to Great Bank (forest fight) and on around Scafells.Chris Pearson15/06/2002
ALHEJ Wilkins07/06/2020