Name:Bell Crags [Long Moss] [Blea Tarn Fell]
Hill number:3567
Height:559.1m / 1834ft
Parent (Ma):2396  High Raise [High White Stones]
SMC/RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Central Fells
Topographical area:EL03 Scafell-illgill
Catchment:Derwent (Workington)
Class:Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Birkett, Synge, Fellranger
Grid ref:NY 29829 14303
Summit feature:large boulder 85m N of cairn
Col:526.7m  NY 29689 14049  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89 90
(1:25k) OL4S
Observations:cairn is at NY 29828 14220 and 1.28m lower than boulder
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Bell Crags (Final).doc
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With Izzy and Margo. Nice ascent starting from just north of Dobgill Bridge. Harrop Tarn was reached quickly, and Margo had a very welcome dip on a hot day. Then onto the summit. Great views in every direction.James McKnight17/06/2024
Road to Dobgill now open which saved me a road walk. £4 for 5hrs was quite reasonable. Went up zig-zags to Harrop Tarn and then up Watendlath bridleway (alleged - it would have to be a Shetland pony) and across moor to summit. Returned via Brown Rigg.chriswatson05/03/2024
A rather boggy circuit from Steel Fell car park (road to Dobgill still closed). Up past Harrop Tarn, then wet and brackeny along edge of forest to Brown Rigg. Hard pull over Blea Tarn Fell, then easier to Standing Crag and High Saddle. Hit Wythburn Fell spot on with the GPS and easy descent. Added 5 Birketts and a Fellranger.BURGESS06/07/2023
From steel end car park on a cloudless dayholtsd22/06/2023
13 Birkets after 4 weeks no rain - bone dry apart from (thankfully) a few springs. Road all closed off, so a bit of a trudge along the road after Fisher Crag back to start at Steel End carpark. Hd hoped to drop off bike at descent point to road.Dave Sargent13/06/2023
4th of the day for Boo and I . Stopped on the way to take a dip in Blea TarnAlphaville19909/06/2023
Starting from Watendlath, track to High Tove, Middle Crag, Armboth Fell 480 and Armboth Fell 475, then to Brown Rigg, Bell Crags and Standing Crags. Then return back, wet underfootmatty1971b01/05/2023
Afternoon walk from Watendlath, up the BW then taking in Watendlath Fell, Bell Crags, Standing Crag, Ullscarf, High Saddle, Low Saddle and back to BW the other side of Blea Tarn. Great views all round on a clear day.PeterD18/04/2023
With Eileen from Dobgill CPjohnjennison16/07/2022
Up steeply from road. No paths to speak of. Nice terrain once higher up. Down through the forest and starting to gently rain.vegibagger17/05/2022
Ignored the Road Closed sign and parked in car park at GR 316142. Followed the path climbing steeply up through the forest then across open heathland to a windy summit. Returned by same route. With SH.wombourne04/04/2022
Start ~ 316142, Dobgill car park. Followed RoW up through the forest passing Harrop Tarn. Rather windy once we got to the open hillside but not too boggy. Bell Crag summit is a great viewpoint, returned via the same route and even managed to stay dry. With Wombourne.steve hudson04/04/2022
From Dobgill as road closed due to fallen trees. Wasn't planning on quite such a long loop but was having too nice a time to turn around. Bell Crags, Watendlath Fell, Shivery Knott, Middle Fell, Armboth Fell (both tops) and Fisher Crag. Solo.Fionalevey02/02/2022
Was going to do High Tove but road closed at Dob Gill. Melting wet snow and rain. Harrop Tarn stunning,Jim T26/12/2021
Parked at Watendlath for a circuit around Bleatarn Gill over 11 summits. 4/11PGCE15/11/2021
See route for Armboth Fellsmocks and denims12/05/2021
Circuit from Watendlath Farm with MKNab Scar19/04/2021
From Dobgill car park. Via Brown Rigg, fiddly pathless ascent around the crags, but nothing difficult apart from tussocky grass. Continued to do a round of the Armboth area fells. Dry conditions, nothing more than small wet patches that could usually be jumped.Nick Caunt19/04/2021
This is a fantastic-looking hill as you approach it from Thirlmere. Bumped into a herd of red deer as we came up the craggy east slopes. With Alfie.Dangerous Dave18/04/2021
Wythburn Fell, Standing Crag, Blea Tarn Fell, Brown Rigg. In the snow.tomd402/01/2021
First of Two tops from Dobgill car park following the footpath through the woods onto the open hills before striking a direct line for the summit, and then making my way over to Armboth fell. Returning via Armboth car park and along the road, Seven and half mile in Four hours.WAYNE ROWLETT06/12/2020
With NB from Dob Gill Cp. N up road to a series of ill defined paths in bracken, Brown Crag, Bell Crags, Standing Crag, High and Low Saddle, return via Blea Tarn and Harrop Tarn. Weather a mix of wet, mist and sun.Frank06/10/2020
With FR from Dob Gill Cp. N up road to a series of ill defined paths in bracken, Brown Crag, Bell Crags, Standing Crag, High and Low Saddle, return via Blea Tarn and Harrop Tarn. Weather a mix of wet, mist and sun.Bheinn06/10/2020
Long route starting from layby parking above Brandelhow Park. Skelgill Bank, Catbells, though didn't visit summit (v crowded & social distancing!), Maiden Moor, High Spy N top, High Spy, descent to Seatoller then climb to Bessyboot, Rosthwaite Fell, Dovenest Top (both tops), descent to Langstrath, then direct ascent to Low Saddle, traverse to Bell Crags, crossed by end of Blea Tarn to climb Great Crag, then Knotts, then Grange Fell and Kings How. Descent to Borrowdale and crossed S End of Derwentwater, taking path close to shore and back too start point. Some bright and exceptionally clear conditions for much of route.RobertP29/09/2020
A rather wet walk (underfoot) exploring the northern part of the Central Fells from Ashness Bridge, visiting Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove, Armboth Fell (W + B summits), Shivery Knott, Watendlath Fell, Bell Crags, Ullscarf, High Saddle, Low Saddle, Great Crag, Grange Fell (Brund Fell). 27.6km with 1200m ascent in 8h40m. (S)silveracorn_alan31/08/2020
As for Ullscarfisabelle29/07/2020
With RachelLittledave06/02/2020
Parked at Dolgill Car Park and did a round of Brown Rigg, Blea Tarn Fell, Standing Crag, Low Saddle, High Saddle, Ullscarf, Wythburn Fell and Birk Crag.clivevilla21/10/2019
Climbed from Watendlath via Blea Tarn. Very wet ground.flockwatcher25/09/2019
Bob & Duke Thursday 2nd/5/2019 Z 1757 hrs.DukeNukem02/05/2019
On a walk from Keswick to Grasmere. Visited cairn at NY 29828 14220 and large boulder at NY 29829 14303alistairpooler30/03/2019
From Armboth CP, accessible by road from S but not N at present - charges currently suspended.mae217/01/2019
Brown Rigg,Fisher Crag,Armboth Fell,Bell Crags in that order in the dry yes not even damp.jocks118/07/2018
Round of 11 various hills, this the second. Accessed fellside from path S side Dob Gill. From Brown Rigg, on to Watendlath Fell.jonglew16/03/2018
From Watendlath Fell (Long Moss)Neil Midgley26/02/2018
One of those - oh weve got ten minutes spare on the descent lets quickly get it done DTL. Took 12 minutes but we will let him off.Fionalevey30/01/2018
With Fiona. Very enjoyable round starting from bus stop at Dunmail Raise, straight up Steel Fell, then Calf Crag, Ullscarf, Low Saddle, Bell Crags and Brown Rigg before catching bus at Wythburn to Windermere station and train to London. Snowed majority of time but did not settle. Very boggy in places.trimarc230/01/2018
From Brown Rigg. Descended to the col then climbed grassy rake west to the summit. Onwards to Armboth Fell. With AT.Man of Kernow106/01/2018
From Low Saddle, on to Brown Rigg.Wycombe Wanderer29/10/2017
From Dobgill. Penultimate Fellranger.arranc24/05/2017
From Brown Rigg bagging all three potential tops.Eddie23/05/2017
I've not been here for a long time. Came down from Standing Crag with Clare, Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie. A new one for a very leisurely second round of Birketts.Dangerous Dave30/04/2017
Birkett and Wainwright round from Armboth CP.SteveG20/02/2017
penultimate fellranger with Andy one more hill to docolinfielding13/02/2017
Finally reached Colins main target for the day. Walked/slithered down from Standing Crag. No snow from Blea Tarn down.Andrew Pearson13/02/2017
Solo. Three winter Wainwrights around Watendlath.Vin11/02/2017
Climbed while walking the WainwrightsTony Millard21/01/2017
From(still free)Dob Gill car park on glorious autumnal afternoon-Birk Crag-Bell Crags-Brown Rigg.With Oscar.catman02/11/2016
With Catman.oscarrosie02/11/2016