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Climb Cross Fell

September 5, 2019

The most popular way to climb Cross Fell is a start from Garrigill near Alston. Even then it is a long climb across the moors. On a fine day the views across the north eastern lakes are good.

The Walk

Cross Fell summit is an absolute pig to get to. It is more reminiscent of the Scottish Cairngorm mountains the Lake District fells a few miles to the west. The walk from Garrigill near Alston is a 15 mile circular and although not the shortest approach (that distinction lies with the small village of Kirkland to the west) it is the most popular.

To climb Cross Fell follow the route of the Pennine Way on a large and well constructed track. Vary the descent by taking the path to the east of the fell. For those, like myself, who like striding out on the moors on a breezy spring day this is a good walk. Others it will be just a question of ticking off the highest point in England outside the Lake District.


At 70 feet under the magical 3,000 foot barrier Cross Fell is one of the best challenges in England and a centrepiece of the Pennine Way.

Navigation Tips on Cross Fell

The summit of Cross Fell can be a confusing and bleak place in bad weather. In varying the descent walk walk south east for just over half a mile (10 minutes) and look for a less obvious path crossing the main track . Here go left and follow the path as it drops gradually through some old mining remains. After nearly 2 miles the path bends north to join the large track you climbed on.

1 Comment
  • Melissa Mair says:

    Passed through Garrigill today and the pub looked open with business opening hours from 5 pm.

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