Alfred Wainwright describes Kirk Fell as “plain and unattractive”, and its crown “a rather disappointing ornamentation”, however, there are interesting features that warrant the inclusion of this fell in any Lakeland expedition. From the north, the grand buttresses of Kirkfell Crags do provide passage to the summit plateau, and the views all around from Kirk Fell’s twin tops are very rewarding. Lingmell’s grandest possession is the deep ravine of Piers Gill, but also, like Kirk Fell, both provide magnificent views of Great Gable. Linking these two fells is achieved by following two of the finest traverses in Lakeland: Great Gable’s south traverse, which is part of the Gable Girdle path, and the Corridor Route traversing below Great End and Broad Crag. Route 27 is an epic mountain walk, and there is interest throughout.

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