Fell walking - is it just another word for mountain walking?

Discussion in 'Hill and Mountain Walking' started by LeeDonny, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. LeeDonny

    LeeDonny New Member

    It's something I've only heard used with reference to the UK but does the expression "Fell walking" just refer to any sort of walking in mountainous parts of the UK or is it something different or more specific?
  2. Podali

    Podali Regular Member

    Pretty much, yes. A fell is a high, flat and often barren landscape feature such as a mountain range or moor-covered hill. It's often employed in Northern England and Scotland, but also on the Isle of Man and as far away as Fennoscandia (perhaps where it originated?).

    The Northern Fells in the Lake District are a good example, occupying a circular area of about 10 miles in diameter that range from low hills to the highest ground in England. The area is surrounded by roads but none of them traverse it, making it somewhat of a walker's paradise.

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  3. Spinney

    Spinney Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Under the edge
    I'd have said 'mountain walking' might be more likely to include scrambling. To me, fell walking has a slightly gentler image.
    But that might just be me.
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  4. Macron

    Macron Member

    Nope, same here. I wouldn't classify the "Fells" as mountain walks either because whilst they have some high points, they are easy to get to and walking the fells doesn't include any steep inclines or scrambling (using hands and feet to "climb" up and over particularly steep or rocky areas).

    It is satisfying though when you reach one of the peaks and look down and around you to see just how far you've come up (in terms of elevation).

    Scafell Pike is a popular one and is part of the Three Peaks Challenge: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
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  5. OP

    LeeDonny New Member

    Thanks. That helps. At least I know what people are referring to now when they mention fells.
  6. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Regular Member

    I would describe it as the British equivalent of alpine meadow walking.
  7. Phoenix

    Phoenix New Member

    Alpine meadow walking sounds lovely. Are you from America?
  8. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Regular Member

    No, gods own Yorkshire. :becool:
  9. Andy_R

    Andy_R Of dubious origin.... Staff Member

    Isn't it just another way of saying "clumsy"? as in:

    "What happened to you?"
    "Fell walking"

    I'll get my coat....TAXI!
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