Melmerby Fell

  • High moorland walking
  • Start at attractive Melmerby
  • Views over the northern Lakeland fells

Apparently fell runners regularly take to the slopes of Melmerby Fell but less so walkers, whilst I was up in early September my only companion was a glider making use of the thermals thereabouts. The situation is wild with the remote top of Cross Fell only a few miles to the south but this is what makes this part of the Pennines so enjoyable. After a steepish initial climb the trackless moorlands open up (challenging in the mist) and a wrong turn could lead to a very long trudge through the peat hags but stick near the rim of Melmerby Fell and there should be no such problems.

Recommend: The best route takes you on to the Maiden Way (an old Roman Road) and  off over the Muska Hill riidge, an unusual undulating ridge not at all typical of the Pennines.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL31 North Pennines Buy Map
Start Point: NY615373. Park near and then walk past the pub taking the left fork after 50 metres up a lane
Height to Climb: 250 ms (820 feet)
Terrain: Once on the ridge of Melmerby Fell there is a myriad of sheep tracks but no obvious footpath. Aim for the large cairn on Knapside Hill by sticking to the wall to your south
Eating & Drinking: The last I heard the Shepherd's Inn at Melmerby was closed.
Similar Walks Nearby: High Cup Nick, Dufton
An Alston Discovery
Great Dun Fell from Dufton
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