Where is it? Chapel le Dale
In which area of outstanding natural beauty? The Yorkshire Dales
How tall is it? 2,133 feet (approx)
My least favourate hill, so far!
Simon Fell is to Ingleborough what Plover Hill is to Pen-y-ghent, an overlooked neighbour lost in its bigger brother’s shadow (all Yorkshire hill are male – except of course for Penyghent!). In the case of Simon Fell though, this really is a deserved position to find itself.
As technically a mountain – it’s in England and over two thousand feet from base level, this unfortunate lump of nothingness has no redeeming features – not even a decent path on it’s western ridge. The views to neighbouring Whernside and Ingleborough are fantastic but given its locality there would surely be something wrong if they weren’t!
We descended Ingleborough – bypassing the “Spring” (looked more like a waterfall to me!) route back down to ground level taking the ridge route along Simon Fell instead. I still stand by that decision as the other route is extremely steep. Therefore, Simon Fell was never a primary objective and as such becomes more or less a feature of the walk and not much else. Maybe this is doing the fell an injustice – the permanant gust of wind that prevented me from observing for long; the lovely views down and across to “Twisleton Scars” might very well have been influencing my opinion. Add to this the fact that no matter how hard one tries, Simon Fell simply does not look like a mountain in its own right – in the shadow of Ingleborough and Whernside it merely looks like a pass!
Sorry Simon, the next time that we do Ingleborough we shall set off on the alternate route via Park Fell and yourself and the weather will be nicer and I might just appreciate you in your own right!