In reply to M0CGH:
See also: http://www.sotawatch.org/reflector.php?topic=3026#24622
DRIVE: From the A689 at NY 5677 6032 take a left at NY 5798 5962 then drive along the track to park (out of the way on the grass) just short of HOWGILL FARM (NY 5916 5744.)
WALK: From (NY 5916 5744) along the track for a few yards to a gate (NY 5920 5739) on your left. Pass through the gate and walk SE onto a path which passes through NY 5932 5729, NY 5936 5706, NY 5967 5692 and a Ruin at NY 5995 5679.
Continue up the path via NY 6032 5659 to NY 6075 5646 at which point I think there is a shooting butt. Here you can take a B-line for the summit but it won’t save you much and it’s boggy so continue via the path (which can also be very wet in places) to NY 6097 5621 and NY 6079 5588 to the summit shelter at approx NY 6058 5565.
In terms of effectiveness in protecting from westerly winds, this is arguably one of the better summit shelters in the NP region. However it is not that large and may be in use. Having said that, Cold Fell is not the most popular summit so you may well see nobody.
The summit is grass on peat with the occasional small pond and plenty of boggy bits. There are loose rocks around the shelter and fire-beating sticks stored up there. Maybe the latter could be put to good use for SOTA antenna support purposes?
Though it can seem like a bit of a thankless slog at times, it takes about 47 minutes min up but that’s cutting the corner & 41 down the path / track.
I think Jim G0CQK has a report somewhere but I can’t find it. Andy MM0FMF also did it (fairly) recently. If you drive to the farm, the route (one-way) is about 3.4 km and ascent is 360m. The other option is to walk from further back but on the two occasions I’ve been there, nobody objected to me leaving the car by the farm.
Hope you get lots of contacts,
73, John G4YSS.
Wow, I am slow! In the time it’s taken me to write this, both Andy & Jim have replied. HI. I will post it anyway. 73. You will have all the info now!