|Kirk Fell (2500ft+) , in the Lake District (England), is a dome-shaped mountain with very steep sides and a gently rounded summit with twin tops 400m apart. Its ascent is frequently combined with its neighbour Great Gable . The highest (SW) top is separated from the NE top (787m) by a col (751m) on which lies the small Kirkfell Tarn.
To the E of the NE top the Rib End ridge (which involves scrambling) descends to Beck Head (621m), being the col with Great Gable. A good path down to Wasdale from a short distance E of Beck Head (‘Moses Trod’) descends across the W slopes of Great Gable some distance above Gable Beck. From the SW top a gentle broad ridge runs NNW 700m then descends steeply to Blacksail Pass (544m), the col with Pillar ; and this section also entails scrambling.
There is a track which ascends the S slopes directly from Wasdale without scrambling, but this is a long continuously steep plug up scree with nothing to recommend it as ascent route. Kirk Fell is therefore best climbed from Wasdale by a longer route traversing from Black Sail Pass to Beck Head, a route which is safe in mist as the remains of an old fence are followed for the entire traverse.