Great Dun Fell – North Pennines
Great Dun Fell (height 2782 ft (848 m), in the North Pennines part of East Cumbria, is home to the Civil Aviation Authority’s air traffic control radar. The summit radomes are visible for a good forty miles around and many see them as a visual intrusion, but of course installations like this have to be built somewhere.
The abandoned Silverband mines, worked originally for lead and later for barite, lie at an altitude of about 2,300 ft. on the west side of the ridge of Great Dun Fell, overlooking the Vale of Eden. They were worked by the London Lead Mining Company during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Great Dun Fell lays between Dufton and Cross Fell on the route of the Pennine Way, which is the usual approach, though it could also be climbed by the private road to the radar station (the highest surfaced road in Britain). The views are mainly of wild moorland and other Pennine tops. On good days the lakeland Fells can be seen to the south west.
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