Warcop Fells 2-day backpack

Pitch on Cronkley FellA 2-day route around the fells of the remote Warcop military exercise area culminating at Mickle Fell and returning via Cronkley Fell and the south side of Maize Beck to Murton Fell.

Recent surveys have added two new 2000′ tops to the Nuttalls list, Long Fell and Tinside Rigg, that I was keen to visit to maintain completion status. Another visit to the area had in any case been on the agenda for some time, partly to explore the Tinside Rigg region and also to more fully experience Mickle Fell by doing a complete traverse of its long curved ridge. The route also gives an obvious opportunity to add a couple of new Dewey 500m tops, Roman Fell and Murton Pike.

Some sections of the route are rough and trackless, boggy and very remote, a superbly wild landscape but one that can appear confusing even in clear weather.

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4 thoughts on “Warcop Fells 2-day backpack

  1. Always good to pop over here and read your posting. Excellent stuff.

  2. Brilliant outing over some seriously wild terrain I know little about. Must be a challenge to navigate around here in poor weather. The camp spot you found look amazing

  3. Thanks again Andy. Parts of the North Pennines hereabouts are very wild and unspoilt, I suppose we should thank the MOD for that. Navigating in the heart of it would be a nightmare. Cronkley Fell has an unusual mixture of limestone/short grass and heather, that pitch had an atmosphere quite unlike any other I’ve experienced.

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