Green Quarter Fell

View to the Kentmere Horseshoe from the summit of Hollow Moor - Green Quarter Fell
View to the Kentmere Horseshoe from the summit of Hollow Moor – Green Quarter Fell

Route Introduction

Green Quarter Fell comprises of two of Alfred Wainwright’s Outlying Fells of Lakeland. They’re situated on the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park. This route card suggests a fantastic route for someone peak bagging the Outlying Fells of Lakeland.

Adventurer Nic walked this route on Tuesday 7th July 2020. These were Outlier numbers 51 and 52 of 116 for Nic. Here, she explains how you can bag these outlying fells too.

Green Quarter Fell Route Stats

Fells: Green Quarter Fell – Hollow Moor (426m) and Green Quarter Fell – Nameless Summit (411m)

Total Distance: 6.89km / 4.28miles

Total Ascent: 260m / 853ft

Approx Walk Time: 2.5 hours

Grid Reference Start: NY 456041

Green Quarter Fell Route Report

The Lead Up

The previous day we’d hiked Cold Fell and Ponsonby Fell in the western Lake District. My friend Becky was coming up to stay in a camping pod near Kentmere so I suggested she join us for a hike of some of the eastern Outlying Fells of Lakeland and we settled on the Green Quarter Fell walk.

A few other friends who were in the area also decided to join us so we met Anna, Aggie and Laura at the small parking area by the church, together with two pooches – Willow and Mollie.

Starting The Walk

We walked through the pretty village, crossing the River Kent before peeling off Hellwell Lane up some stone steps and through a gate on the right of the road.

Leaving the road for a path leading to Green Quarter Fell
Leaving the road for a path leading to Green Quarter Fell

The grassy terrain rose steeply and the trail led us through a gate and onto Lowfield Lane.

We headed north-east for a very short distance before we spotted a big gate on the right by a finger post. This track would lead us onto the hillside.

Following the finger post
Following the finger post

The Ascent

The path rose gently in a southerly direction, leading us around the back of Green Quarter Fell.

Rising away from Kentmere village
Rising away from Kentmere village

Conversation flowed freely between us, there was so much to catch up on in this strange post-COVID-19 isolated world. I really appreciated the opportunity we now had to meet friends safely outdoors.

Views back towards Kentmere
Views back towards Kentmere

The view behind us down into Kentmere was beautiful. Small smatterings of buildings – cottages, farm buildings and the obvious church. It was so picturesque with a beautiful mountainous backdrop of the Kentmere Horseshoe.

The ascent of Green Quarter Fell
The ascent of Green Quarter Fell

Dry stone walls separated the swathes of green farmland, applying order to the natural beauty.

The trail was firm underfoot and easy to follow. We passed through a gate and our direction changed to point north-east.

View back to Skeggles Water with the Bannisdale Horseshoe visible in the distance
View back to Skeggles Water with the Bannisdale Horseshoe visible in the distance

The path would continue towards Sadgill without visiting our required summits so we peeled off to the left when we were opposite Skeggles Water to head west onto the first summit – Hollow Moor (Green Quarter Fell).

Anna and Laura ascending Green Quarter Fell
Anna and Laura ascending Green Quarter Fell

It was a pathless trudge over wet long grass but it was short (less than 100m of ascent to the top).

Anna and Laura gain the summit ridge of Hollow Moor, Green Quarter Fell
Anna and Laura gain the summit ridge of Hollow Moor, Green Quarter Fell

The Summit – Green Quarter Fell – Hollow Moor

From the summit we enjoyed a marvellous view looking down the centre of the Kentmere Horseshoe – the pointy tops of Ill Bell and Froswick stood out the sharpest. Behind us, our eyes passed over Skeggles Water to the hills of the Bannisdale Horseshoe.

Adventurer Nic admiring the view to the Kentmere Horseshoe
Adventurer Nic admiring the view to the Kentmere Horseshoe

There was no summit marker on the top of Hollow Moor (Green Quarter Fell).

Anna broke out the Grasmere Gingerbread she’d purchased on her way to the start of the walk and we all had a slice. We all agreed that there really is no better Lakeland hill snack.

The Summit – Green Quarter Fell – Nameless Summit

Fence separating the two tops of Green Quarter Fell
Fence separating the two tops of Green Quarter Fell

We left the first summit with the second in our sights. A fence was easily crossed before a short rise to the second top, which was marked by a small cairn.

All the girls at a social distance on the nameless summit
All the girls at a social distance on the nameless summit

It was another of Alfred Wainwright’s nameless summits. We’d already encountered a few of these during our Wainwright’s Outlying Fells of Lakeland hikes, on both the Bannisdale Horseshoe and our long Walna Scar hike. We had started a trend of nick-naming them after the people we were with so this one became the regal sounding – The Old Man of Angell Doling Dudlik Mollart-Solity. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it!

View to Skeggles Water from the Nameless summit
View to Skeggles Water from the Nameless summit

The distance between the two tops was negligible so the views were pretty much the same.

The Descent

We headed down, crossing the boundary through a large gate.

Anna, Aggie and James start the descent into Kentmere
Anna, Aggie and James start the descent into Kentmere

Looking back we could appreciate the views to nearby Wainwright Shipman Knotts and beyond to Tarn Crag and Grey Crag in the distance.

Wainwright views to Shipman Knotts, Tarn Crag and Grey Crag from the descent
Wainwright views to Shipman Knotts, Tarn Crag and Grey Crag from the descent

We then picked our way over pathless ground to the main track which led into Kentmere village.

View to the Kentmere Horseshoe on the descent
View to the Kentmere Horseshoe on the descent

It was cloudy but wind-free and we were thankful for the visibility. This area is so green and lush.

Beautiful countryside on the descent
Beautiful countryside on the descent

As we followed the road back to the car, we had a gorgeous view of the church.

The Church in Kentmere
The Church in Kentmere

Wrapping Up

What a fantastic evening walk. We couldn’t believe it was 9pm when we finished. Making the most of these long sunny days is a real joy.

Next on the list were the Shap Fells.

About the Author

Photo of Adventurer Nic on a Loch in the Scottish Highlands

Adventurer Nic is a Munroist, Wainwright ‘Compleator’ and is hiking her local Outlying Fells of Lakeland in the wake of the corona virus pandemic. Let her know what you thought of this post by dropping her a comment.

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