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Height: 660m (2,165ft) GPS: NY 34176 33638 Walking Routes

Carrock Fell is a fell in the English Lake District located in the northern region of the national park 13 kilometres north east of Keswick. The fell's name means "Rocky Fell" and comes from a combination of the Old Welsh language with the word "carrec" meaning rock and the Old Norse language with fjall meaning fell.

Well known Lake District scribe Alfred Wainwright rated Carrock Fell as the second most exciting and interesting fell in the northern area of Lakeland (after Blencathra and before Skiddaw).

It has special appeal regarding geology, mining and history and its rocky nature makes it stand out from the neighbouring fells which are mainly grassy and smooth.

It is bounded to the south and east by the River Caldew into which all drainage from the fell goes to find its way eventually to the Solway Firth.

The top of the fell offers a good view to the east towards the Pennines across the Eden valley.

Carrock Fell has two subsidiary summits, Round Knott (603 metres) and Milton Hill (607 metres) which lie to the west of the main summit on the ridge which continues to the adjoining fell of High Pike.

Despite all its other attractions Carrock Fell is primarily the haunt of the fell walker. It is mostly climbed from the surfaced road which goes to the site of the Carrock Mine but it is possible to leave a car at NY328326 and then climb the fell by the steep south-west slopes.

It can also be climbed from the road between Mungrisedale and Hesket Newmarket threading a way through the craggy and bouldery eastern slopes known as "Apronful of Stones".

Walking routes near Carrock Fell

 

 

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