To the north of Cross Fell a climb up Melmerby Fell. The walk is similar in character but shorter. It is quiet place and an excellent way to achieve a rarely visited peak.
Apparently fell runners regularly take to the slopes of Melmerby Fell. I am not sure why they have heard of the mountain but walkers have not. Certainly I had not heard of it. Melmeerby is situated roughly 10 miles north east of Penrith in the Een Valley and apart from a well known bakery has little to bring it to anyone’s notice. However I found it a fine village when I visited to climb Melmerby Hill. When I arrived for the climb in early September, my only companion was a glider making use of the thermals thereabouts. The situation is without doubt wild with the remote top of Cross Fell only three and a half miles to the south. However it is the remoteness which made this walk and many around this part of the Pennine fells so attractive.
After a steepish initial climb the trackless moorlands open up (challenging in the mist). Here a wrong turn could lead to a very long trudge through the peat hags. However stick close to the rim of Melmerby Fell and there should be no such problems.
The best route takes you on to the Maiden Way (an old Roman Road) and off via the Muska Hill ridge. It is an unusual undulating ridge not at all typical of the Pennines.
On the descent I left Muska Hill and followed the farm tracks through Fellside. This was not on a public right of way that meets the road further south but cuts the corner, I saw the farmer who hailed me heartily. Good for him. The farm track leads past the farm to the main road.
Anyone have dates for avoiding Melmerby Moor due to shooting between 12th Aug- 10th Dec 2019?
The pub is back up and running on a weekend, and highly recommend the Village Shop, esp the scones.
I believe the route down MUSKA FELL ridge is not a public right of way.
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