Cross Fell

Cross Fell – North Pennines

Location Alston / Dufton
Grid Ref NY 688343


Cross Fell

Cross Fell

From Cross Fell
Cross Fell is the highest point in the Pennines at 893m in altitude. It is located at the northern end of the Pennine moors and has extensive views of the Lake District, the west coast and also the east coast. The southern uplands of Scotland and the Cheviots can also be seen from here.


The Pennine Way goes over Cross Fell from Dufton via Great Dun Fell to Garrigill and Alston.


Snow has been known to lie on Cross Fell for up to 140 days a year.


Three of England’s major rivers rise near to the summit – the Tyne, the Tees and the Wear.


In times gone by Cross Fell was associated with demons and was often known as the “Fiends Fell”, possibly because of the great wind it can produce in the valley of the Eden to its west. Known as the Helm Wind, this fierce gale of hurricane proportions, can strike most unexpectedly during the spring.


Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham.

Accommodation Links :

  • Kirkland Hall Cottages – 4* Kirkland Hall Cottages, 4 cottages sleep 2, 4, 4 & 6. A lovely rural location, nestling in a sheltered valley close to Cross Fell. Pets by arrangement in 1 cottage

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