Aughertree Fell

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Aughertree Fell is a hill in the far northern Lake District and one that many walkers will not have heard of. Its summit is roughly 321m above sea level and the views extend from the Skiddaw Fells in the south all the way round to the Solway Firth and the Scottish Hills beyond. The fell is not a 'Wainwright' but is listed as a Birkett Fell, so this is definitely a walk for those wishing to complete the 541 Birkett Fells, or also someone who enjoys complete silence on a walk.

The route starts off at a small car park along the road which runs over Aughertree Fell. This car park is already at almost 300m above sea level, which makes for a minimal uphill ascent to start with. The route follows faint old miners' tracks to Green How. After enjoying the fantastic views the route heads north, off-path, down to the remains of an ancient settlement. From my research, archaeologists believe the settlement dates from the Bronze or Iron Age. There are numerous lumps and bumps that can be interpreted fairly easily and an exciting place for those who enjoy history.

From the ancient settlement the route joins a faint path along the field edge and up to a public footpath, where it turns right and heads east towards old quarry workings. The path follows the bottom of a small valley with only a few signs of the quarry workings, including what looks like the remains of two limekilns. From there the path takes you to the road and then back to the car park.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Wildlife

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