Great Cockup is a fell in the northern region of the
English Lake District, one of the four Uldale Fells (the others being
Longlands Fell, Great Sca Fell and Meal Fell).
The fell is known
as "Great" to distinguish it from its smaller neighbour Little Cockup
(height 395 metres / 1296 feet) which lies on its north western
shoulder overlooking the hamlet of Orthwaite.
The fell's name
originates from the Old English language, a combination of the words "cocc"
and "hop" where hop means a secluded valley and cocc means a Woodcock.
So the translation is probably "Larger fell above the secluded valley
where Woodcock are found".
The fell's name quite often causes
amusement because of its slight rudeness and reference to sexual slang.
The fell's unusual name has also been adopted for a local beer brewed by
the Hesket Newmarket Brewery, called "Great Cockup Porter" a dark
coloured stout with an ABV of 3.3%.
The fell has a series of
stone built grouse butts 500 metres west of the summit, some of which
have been dismantled leaving just the foundations in the ground and can
be confusing to walkers as to their original purpose.
southern slope of the fell has a large, isolated boulder which is marked
on large scale maps, this is thought to have been left by a retreating
glacier. The fell has also yielded some rare fossils found on the
The view from the summit is dominated by a good view of
Skiddaw’s northern slopes while there is an excellent open outlook
towards the Scottish Borders.
Great Cockup is almost always
ascended from the hamlet of Orthwaite following the bridleway up Hause
Gill for two kilometres and then leaving it and ascending Great Cockup's
steep southern slopes to the summit.
A direct ascent over Little
Cockup is possible but the bracken can be thick at certain times of the
Great Cockup is linked to Meal Fell, 1.5 kilometres to the
east, by the pass of Trusmadoor.
routes near Great Cockup