Fair Snape Fell

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Fair Snape Fell
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Fair Snape Fell from the south-west
Highest point
Elevation 520 m. (1,706 ft)
Prominence c. 225 m (738 ft)
Parent peak Ward's Stone
Listing Marilyn
Coordinates 53°55′10″N 2°36′54″W / 53.91936°N 2.61509°W / 53.91936; -2.61509
Fair Snape Fell is located in Lancashire
Fair Snape Fell
Fair Snape Fell
Location in Lancashire
Location Lancashire, England
Parent range Forest of Bowland
OS grid SD597472
Topo map OS Landranger 102

Fair Snape Fell is one of the larger hills in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, England. It occupies a position in the very south of the main range of fells, alongside and just to the north of Parlick, to which it is joined by a ridge. The main paths approach the summit from Parlick in the south, Saddle Fell in the east and Bleasdale in the valley to the west. The Saddle Fell approach is as boggy as the hills to the north. The summit is covered in grass and peat groughs. A trig point and large cairn occupy the top of the western escarpment, with the highest point being about 700 metres (770 yd) to the north-east.

The word snape means ‘pasture’; thus Fair Snape Fell means ‘fell of the fair (beautiful) pasture’.

Considerable areas of the Bowland fells were used for military training during World War II and there are still unexploded bombs in some areas, including nearby Wolf Fell.

Fair Snape Fell (left) and Parlick (right) viewed from the south-west