Mountains in England & Wales starting with F
|Fairfield (2500ft+) lies E of Dunmail Raise Pass, SW of Patterdale and N of the town of Ambleside in the Lake District (England). Its summit is broad and rounded, and its SE, SW and NW slopes though steep are mainly grassy. The NE aspect is in sharp contrast, with precipitous crags overlooking upper Deepdale, perhaps the roughest of all the corries in Lakeland.
There are 4 ridges radiating towards the cardinal points. The W ridge descends steeply to Grisedale Hause. The rocky N ridge runs over Cofa Pike pinnacle (820m contour) then descends with scrambling down to Deepdale Hause, linking with St.Sunday Crag (2500ft+) . The broad E ridge turns SE and descends gently over Hart Crag (822m) to Dove Crag (792m); and the broad S ridge with its rougher E slopes leads to Great Rigg (766m). The only route to the summit which displays the fine crags to advantage (without detour) is an ascent via the NE ridge, which is conveniently coupled with a traverse of St.Sunday Crag.
Very fit walkers not put off by the arduous descent to Grisedale Tarn and similarly steep re-ascent of Dollywagon Pike can then return to Patterdale via Helvellyn (3000ft+) bagging 3 peaks in one outing. Long S ridges from both Dove Crag and Great Rigg enable a lengthy yet gently-graded ridge walk (the ‘Fairfield Horseshoe’) to be undertaken from Ambleside.
|Fan Brycheiniog (2500ft+) is the western-most 2500+ in the Brecon Beacons (Wales) and highest point of the range called The Black Mountains (Y Mynydd Du). Two escarpment ridges meet at a right-angle just N of the summit at Fan Foel (778m) from which a short and more gentle ridge runs N. The SSE ridge, which is steep and craggy on the E side and gently sloping to the W, runs over the summit, descends to Bwlch Giedd (a col at c.715m) then rises over Fan Hir (750m contour) and down to the A4067 Swansea to Brecon road at Glyntawe, a distance of 6 km.
The WSW ridge, called ‘Bannau Sir Gaer’, is steep and craggy to the N and gently sloped to the S, and descends from Fan Foel to a col at about 655m before rising over Picws Du (749m) and on to Waun Lefrith (677m) where it becomes gentler and turns N towards the hamlet of Blaenau in the Sawdde valley. Fan Brycheiniog can be climbed from Glyntawe by the Fan Hir ridge, returning the same way; or from Blaenau combining the N ridge of Fan Foel and Bannau Sir Gaer.
|Foel-fras (3000ft+) , the most northern 3000-footer in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales) is the least dramatic, being broadly rounded in all directions and crag-free above the 800m contour.
From Carnedd Llewelyn (3000ft+) the main northwards ridge of the Carneddau range becomes broad and gently undulating moorland, and passes over Foel Grach (976m) and Garnedd Uchaf (926m) to reach Foel-fras after a distance of 4km. The lowest point on this ridge, 884m, is the col between Foel Grach and Garnedd Uchaf, and so Garnedd Uchaf is ranked a subsidiary top of Foel-fras. Foel-fras has three main ridges. The largest runs SW to Garnedd Uchaf then WNW over Bera Bach (807m) to Drosgl (758m), seperating the Afon Goch to N and the Afon Caseg to S.
Another very broad ridge runs NW from Foel-fras over a col at 776m to Llwytmor (849m), the top of the moor separating the valleys of the Afon Anafon and Afon Goch. The third runs 2km ENE turning NNE over Bwlch y Gwryd to Drum (770m contour) where a vehicle track from the NW terminates.