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Mickle Fell


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
788 m (2585 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Small hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  91   Appleby-in-Westmorland

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Mickle Fell (2500ft+) is a typical Pennine (England) hill, comprising a massive area of gently-graded peat and heather moor. It has a curved summit ridge 1km in length orientated E to W. From the W this ridge rises very gently NE to the large summit cairn, then gently falls ENE to the 750m contour before rising again E turning ESE to a trig point at 758m marking its E end. There are minor crags to the S of this ridge.

SPECIAL NOTE: Mickle Fell is located on Warcop Artillery Range, the land being leased by the Ministry of Defence and shown on maps as a Danger Area. Access is strictly controlled and is allowed only by two routes, one from the N and the other from the S, both following the county County Durham/ Cumberland boundary fence to the W end of the summit ridge. At the beginnings of these routes a red flag flies when access is denied, which is most of the time.

There are 12 weekends per year when access is permitted, and these Access Weekends are advertised 12 months in advance: for details and dates of upcoming access weekends go to:


For additional information and telephone numbers visit the MOD’s website:


Hazards you may encounter on Mickle Fell include
 Unbridged River to cross.
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
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Cumbrian Fells
by MWIS (PDF format)
Lake District
by Met Office
Cross Fell
by Metcheck
Mickle Fell Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Mickle Fell.

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 Routes that include Mickle Fell
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 465 m 17.79 km 4.5 hrs Mickle Fell  A slightly longer but more varied approach from the North to this broad and peaty Pennine fell, passing close to Cauldron Snout waterfall - a worthy detour. Can be cycled to Birkdale farm. Unbridged river to cross, normally easy but avoid if in spate.  
2 405 m 15.33 km 4 hrs Mickle Fell  A gentle 12km walk from the South, across typical Pennine peaty moorland, following the county boundary fence and therefore safe in mist. Not Yet Rated 

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Me at the top of Mickle Fell, 26th May 2007

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown
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