- Wild Boar Fell
Name = Wild Boar Fell
Photo = Wildboar_pic.jpg
Caption = The summit
Elevation = convert|708|m|ft|0
North Yorkshire/ Cumbria, England
Range = Pennines
Prominence = convert|344|m|ft|0
Parent peak =
OS "Landranger" 98
Grid_ref_UK = SD757988
Listing = Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
Wild Boar Fell is a
mountain(or more accurately a fell) in Mallerstangon the eastern edge of Cumbria, England. It is often considered as one of the far eastern Lakeland fells, and at convert|708|m|ft|0 is either the 4th highest fell in the Yorkshire Dalesor the 5th, whether counting nearby High Seat (709 m) or not. (In fact neither of these are, at present, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, although there are plans to extend its boundaries in the near future to include Mallerstang).The nearest high point is Swarth Fellwhich is a mile-long (1.5 km) ridge to the south, at gbmapping|SD754965. To the east, on the opposite side of the narrow dale, are High Seat and Hugh Seat.
Wild Boar Fell is a dramatic sight and a landmark for many miles around. Approached from the north it gives the misleading impression that it is a peak (see photo, above left). But from the south of the dale at
Aisgillits true profile is seen, not dissimilar to Ingleborough, with steep sides and a flat top (consisting of a cap of millstone grit). is about 300 m (1,000 ft) to the west, just below the summit.
The views from the top make a spectacular panorama. The
Howgills, Pennines, the Lake districtfells, the Yorkshire Three Peakscan all be seen and, on a clear day, there is even a glimpse of the sea at MorecambeBay.
The fell gets its name from the wild boar which inhabited the area over 500 years ago. [A. Wainwright, "Wainwright in the Limestone Dales", Guild Publishing, 1991 (page 12-16)] But it is unusual, for this area of Viking settlement, that its old
Norsename seems to have disappeared, whereas the names of many of its features, such as The Nab, Dolphinsty, etc., retain their Norse origin. It may (or may not!) be significant that the gods Freyrand Freyarode on wild boars.
(Freyr’s boar was named
Gullinbursti("Golden Mane") and Freya's Hildesvini(Battle Swine)).
A common feature of many
Pennine dalesand Lake District fellsare the groups of cairnson the high ground. There is a fine cluster of "stone men" on The Nab of Wild Boar Fell - and a smaller group on subsidiary peak, Little Fell (559 m, 1834 ft) at gbmapping|NY766008, 2 km to the north. There seems little agreement on when, why, or by which people such cairns were built. (One common suggestion, that they were built by shepherds as markers for paths, may explain some of the cruder "piles of stones"; but groups like those on The Nab surely need a more convincing explanation).
In earlier times the Millstone Grit - or
gritstone, which forms the flat top of the fell, was used for making millstones (some partly formed millstones can be seen on the eastern flank); and the sand from the beach of Sand Tarn was used by local people to sharpen knives and scythes - they made "strickles" by sticking the sand to wooden blocks with tar.
During World War II Wild Boar Fell was sometimes used for training tank crews from the army base at
Warcopin the handling of tanks in difficult terrain.
External links & References
* [http://mallerstang.com/visit.html A walk through Mallerstang]
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