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.
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.
The path rose gently in a southerly direction, leading us around the back of Green Quarter Fell.
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.
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.
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.
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).
It was a pathless trudge over wet long grass but it was short (less than 100m of ascent to the top).
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.
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
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.
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!
The distance between the two tops was negligible so the views were pretty much the same.
We headed down, crossing the boundary through a large gate.
Looking back we could appreciate the views to nearby Wainwright Shipman Knotts and beyond to Tarn Crag and Grey Crag in the distance.
We then picked our way over pathless ground to the main track which led into Kentmere village.
It was cloudy but wind-free and we were thankful for the visibility. This area is so green and lush.
As we followed the road back to the car, we had a gorgeous view of the church.
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
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.