Cross Fell

Cross Fell
OS Map : 91
Start : Kirkland Village
 Park in the village.
Summary : Kirkland village - High Cap - Pits - ridge - Cross Fell - Tees Head - Wildboar Scar - Grumpy Hill - Wythwaite - Kirkland Village
distance : 15.0km.
ascent : 700m.
time : 5hr. 50min.


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Situated in the west of the Northern Pennines Cross Fell sits overlooking the whole of the Pennine Chain. Yes, this is the highest hill in the Pennines. Cross Fell is situated on the east of the Eden Valley, east of Penrith. This is not a highly frequented area of the UK or even the Pennines. Except for one feature, the Pennine Way crosses the summit. The summit is vast, protected by various scree slopes. From the summit there are great views all around, over to the Lakes, Up to Northumberland and down to Yorkshire. National Parks all around but not here, YET. A pleasant walk up from the Village via a track. More interesting on the ridge with the views over much of the area. The route can be expanded to include as much or as little of the ridge and the Pennice Way as required.

Start at the Village of Kirkland following the track out of te village and up to the hill

A great track leads from the village climbing highon to the fell side before becomming a path. Still following this path to reach the main Pennine ridge. Here the path meets the Pennine Way; unmissable. Follow the Pennine Way south as it climbs over the screes to the vast summit of Cross Fell. (7kms. 700m. 3hrs. 30min.)

To make a circular trip, continue south to Tees Head, the source of the Tees that winds it's way east to meet the north sea at Middlesborough. From here a path crosses the hillside, descending to Wildboar Scar. Continue through the scree here and continue down to Wythwaite. From here take the good track north to get back to Kirkland. (8kms. 0m. 2hrs. 20min.)