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Great Borne
616m (2021ft)

The Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

The summit of Great Borne is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


Record Great Borne as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
172nd highest in England,
300th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 127)

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English Nuttall
241st highest in England,
417th in England & Wales

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

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The Lake District National Park


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Walk c411 Starling Dodd via Scale Beck from Buttermere

Fantastic views on less visited fells

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:2,734ft (833m)
Time:6.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c324 Starling Dodd and Great Borne from Buttermere

Fantastic views on less visited fells

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:3,157ft (962m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c397 The Buttermere Fells from Buttermere

Very long high level route with superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 16ml (25.5km)
Ascent:6,285ft (1,915m)
Time:12.25hrs
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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Great Borne Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Great Borne

Richard Fulcher walked up Great Borne on April 2nd, 2024 [from/via/route] We parked in Bowness Knot car park next to Ennerdale Water (£8 😱). We then set off back up the road until the stile leading to the path by Rake Beck. We hiked up this path until just below Herdus & then scrambled up the slippery steep rock to the top & across to Great Borne. From Great Borne we went down & up to Starling Dodd & then continued towards Red Pike veering off to the right to join the path leading down to the road at the bottom. We then strolled back wearily to the car! [with] Jen [weather] Cold on the tops with a breeze, but still & quite pleasant down at the lake side. Low cloud to start with clearing later.

Sarah Moore climbed Great Borne on April 9th, 2023 [from/via/route] My own invention! Wanting not to drive from YHA Ennerdale & to make the most of the High Stile ridge [with] On my own [weather] Not so sunny - good... very windy at times - tough (lots of people coming off the tops / turning back, but glad I didn't) - Loved this - an 8 hour walk really started to test me lengthwise & absolutely adored the lack of people on what I thought would be a crazy busy Easter Sunday. One to remember...

Richard Marchant bagged Great Borne on November 19th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at the Forestry Carpark next to Ennerdale Water under Bowness Knot. From the carpark we walked but up the road to the bend & took a path Northeast ward that took us up behind Bowness Knot & Brown How. Basically we followed Rake Beck all the way up to the top of the fell where the gradient got easier & before you knew it we were on Great Bourne. From here we followed the ridge East on to Starling Dodd. We then carried on over Starling Dodd & before the ascent of Reb Pike we eventually headed south down a faint path back down to the bottom of Ennerdale & then followed the forestry track back to the carpark. [with] with my oldest son James [weather] Sunny cold day

Christine Shepherd hiked Great Borne on August 14th, 2010 [from/via/route] Walked from Buttermere using c411 Climbed again from Bowness Knott 22-11-2021 Climbed for a third time with a group from Mountain Madness on 28.08.2022 following route c324. [with] On my own [weather] Sunny apart from the top of Red Pike which was in mist.

Paul Macey summited Great Borne on July 23rd, 2022 [with] Luke [weather] Sunny Intervals

John Tippins conquered Great Borne on July 12th, 2022 [from/via/route] From Buttermere [with] With Zahra [weather] Cloudy & a bit chilly to start with, warmer later.

Chris Sheard scaled Great Borne on March 13th, 2022 [from/via/route] Up from Ennerdale parking [with] George [weather] Pleasant but rain showers came in later with sunshine as we drove away - windy - gear upsetting as leaking - need review - Made this ascent in a nice circular coming down the pass path

Kevin Foster walked up Great Borne on June 11th, 2021 [from/via/route] Bowness Knott car park. [with] By myself. [weather] Some clouds. - A straightforward ascent with great views of Ennerdale Water. The cairn on the subsidiary top of Herdus made a great early lunch stop whilst waiting for the clouds to gently lift off the main top.

Michael Austin climbed Great Borne on October 14th, 2020 [from/via/route] C411 & C207

Christina Lander bagged Great Borne on April 23rd, 2021 [from/via/route] Bowness Knott, Ennerdale - Great Borne - Starling Dodd - Red Pike - Smithy Beck Settlement - Bowness Knott [with] Dick [weather] A beautiful sunny day - During our holiday staying in Embleton

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Great Borne

On the ridge between Great Borne and Starling Dodd with Great Gable and Kirk Fell in the distance

On the ridge between Great Borne and Starling Dodd with Great Gable and Kirk Fell in the distance

Photo: Christine Shepherd (863)

Bowness Knott and Great Borne above Ennerdale Water

Bowness Knott and Great Borne above Ennerdale Water

Photo: Steven Mostyn (12)

Great Borne summit Trig Point

Great Borne summit Trig Point

Photo: Christine Shepherd (534)

Great Borne across Ennerdale from the summit of Crag Fell

Great Borne across Ennerdale from the summit of Crag Fell

Photo: Steven Mostyn (24)

Bowness Knott and Great Borne above Ennerdale Water

Bowness Knott and Great Borne above Ennerdale Water

Photo: Steven Mostyn (13)

The stone shelter on the summit of Great Borne

The stone shelter on the summit of Great Borne

Photo: Christine Shepherd (862)

Great Borne summit Trig Point

Great Borne summit Trig Point

Photo: Christine Shepherd (861)

Great Borne and Starling Dodd from Caw Fell

Great Borne and Starling Dodd from Caw Fell

Photo: David Hayter (233)

Ennerdale Water from halfway up Rake Beck on the lower SW slopes of Great Borne

Ennerdale Water from halfway up Rake Beck on the lower SW slopes of Great Borne

Photo: Christine Shepherd (859)

Great Borne and Starling Dodd above Ennerdale Water

Great Borne and Starling Dodd above Ennerdale Water

Photo: Steven Mostyn (11)

Climbing the ridge between Sliver Cove Beck and Deep Gill with Ennerdale Water, Great Borne and Starling Dodd beyond

Climbing the ridge between Sliver Cove Beck and Deep Gill with Ennerdale Water, Great Borne and Starling Dodd beyond

Photo: Steven Mostyn (15)

*Ennerdale Water (left), Starling Dodd and Great Borne, Loweswater (right of centre), Mellbreak and Crummock Water (right) from Red Pike (Buttermere)

*Ennerdale Water (left), Starling Dodd and Great Borne, Loweswater (right of centre), Mellbreak and Crummock Water (right) from Red Pike (Buttermere)

Photo: Andy Malcolm (69)

Steeple and Long Crag with Crag Fell (sunlit in the distance), Ennerdale Water and Great Borne from Pillar

Steeple and Long Crag with Crag Fell (sunlit in the distance), Ennerdale Water and Great Borne from Pillar

Photo: Andy Malcolm (239)

Descending back to Ennerdale and Bowness Knott Car Park on the SW slopes of Great Borne

Descending back to Ennerdale and Bowness Knott Car Park on the SW slopes of Great Borne

Photo: Christine Shepherd (865)

Great Borne and Starling Dodd beyond Ennerdale from Ennerdale Weir

Great Borne and Starling Dodd beyond Ennerdale from Ennerdale Weir

Photo: Steven Mostyn (7)

Great Borne summit trig point

Great Borne summit trig point

Photo: Christine Shepherd (26)

Rake Beck on the SW slopes of Great Borne

Rake Beck on the SW slopes of Great Borne

Photo: Christine Shepherd (860)

*Grasmoor (left of centre) and Red Pike (Buttermere) (right of centre) from Great Borne

*Grasmoor (left of centre) and Red Pike (Buttermere) (right of centre) from Great Borne

Photo: Andy Malcolm (70)

Cairn on the ridge between Sliver Cove Beck and Deep Gill with Ennerdale Water, Great Borne and Starling Dodd beyond

Cairn on the ridge between Sliver Cove Beck and Deep Gill with Ennerdale Water, Great Borne and Starling Dodd beyond

Photo: Steven Mostyn (16)

Crag Fell summit cairn with Great Borne (left), Starling Dodd (centre), Red Pike (Buttermere) and High Stile in the distance

Crag Fell summit cairn with Great Borne (left), Starling Dodd (centre), Red Pike (Buttermere) and High Stile in the distance

Photo: Steven Mostyn (23)


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