The wild fell ponies of Mell Fell

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Cruising in to the Northern Lake District along the A66, the first hills of any significance rise suddenly on your left from the relative flatness surrounding them – Great and Little Mell Fell. Both offer pleasant short walks, tucked well away from the hustle and bustle of the more central Lakes fells, with commanding views over large chunks of the Lakes.

Great Mell Fell also happens to host one of the last remaining herds of wild ponies in the country. If you get lucky you might spot them on your walk – they’re often around the summit area. I managed to bump into these majestic beasts on a crisp, clear early morning walk, and managed to get some atmospheric snaps of them at the top.

Don’t be tempted to get overly friendly with them though – these are wild creatures defending their patch, and they don’t take too kindly to invaders. They’ve even been known to ‘bully’ visitors, chasing and surrounding them before headbutting them.

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