Carrock Fell

  • Geologically surprising fell
  • Hill fort on the summit plateau
  • Extensive views all directions

2,174 ft. The Northern Fells literally fall off a cliff on the east facing slopes; steep sided fells ending abruptly over the villages of Mungrisedale, Mosedale and Bowscale – not much late evening sun for their inhabitants! The walks are surprisingly difficult in their lower stages and I have certainly always struggled to find a good track up the southern slopes of Carrock Fell. Loose, volcanic rock, thistles and heather contrive to offer a tortuous start but once the main ridge is reached Carrock Fell is full of interest (Carrott fell as my daughter insisted on calling it).

It is rugged in looks due to the unusual appearance of its volcanic rocks, contrasting with the smooth slate clad fells in the neighbourhood whilst the summit is characterised by a clearly visible ancient hill fort. The walls can be traced around the summit area with 4 clearly defined entrances pointing at the points of a compass, centred around the summit itself. The summit was also a centre of activity when I was last up; colourful hang gliders making the most of the steep sides and extensive views of this surprising fell.

Recommend: Descend via the very steep east face, fun but tricky.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 356322. There is parking in the village or just on the road coming in from the south. Head up the road to Swinside and then pick your ascent, I went up from the high point before Swinside Farm but the sheep tracks are difficult to follow and it is not for short wearers
Height to Climb: 449ms (1,473 feet)
Terrain: Trackless on the lower slopes, excellent underfoot after the initial haul. The descent is steep and eroded.
Eating & Drinking: The Mill Inn in Mungrisedale is a fine and still very traditional Lakeland pub. I have always found it open all day.
Similar Walks Nearby: Bowscale Tarn & Bannerdale Crags
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