Lat/Long: 54.684152, -03.039614
OS Grid Ref: NY 33073 32619
The weather forecast was for strong winds. I drove north on the
M6 and off at Penrith then to Mosedale and along the cul-de-sac
road by the river Caldew towards the old mines. Some sections
were still flooded after recent rains. The weather was fine when
I arrived but there were still strong gusty winds. I set off
walking back down the lane with the intention of turning back if
the winds were too strong on higher ground.
Flooding on the lane.
Looking down to Mosedale.
A bit of sunshine.
Mosedale Friends Meeting House.
In Mosedale village I stopped by the Friends Meeting House with
a 1702 date stone over the door. The lintel carving is
definitely relatively modern. On the road I continued north
along the wet and deserted road to an area called Apronfull of
There is a left turn along an indistinct track which I followed
to the start of the faint path called ‘Rake Trod’ which heads
steeply up below the cliffs towards Carrock Fell. The
temperature was around 2degC with a thin coating of damp snow on
the fellside. I took my time and picked my way carefully as the
slope below was steep. Fortunately the wind wasn’t too bad as I
was sheltered by the mountain.
Heading up Rake Trod.
From Carrock Fell towards Great Mell Fell.
At Further Gill Syke I scrambled up the gully to more level
fell and an easier path over the grass. As I expected the wind
was much stronger but still not too bad. After passing an
ancient sheep fold the path was more difficult due to snow on
As I approached the substantial summit circular cone cairn the
wind became very strong, gusty and tricky. I crouched below the
cairn to get a photo then then braved the very strong wind to
get over the summit. By the summit is an ancient stone structure
which the maps give a variety of descriptions from ‘Remains of
Supposed Druidical Temple’ to ‘Fort’ and is probably an Iron Age
Hill fort (c500BC).
I was planning an escape route to the east but as I ventured
down through the rocky area I reached the flatter and grassy
fell. Though still very strong I was able to battle through the
wind and wouldn’t come to much harm if blown over. I pressed on
but decided to cut the walk shorter if I could see an escape
route. After Miton Hill I could see the deep gully of Brandy
Gill to my left and turned left to head towards it. The wind was
still very strong but I was heading down and hopefully the wind
would subside a bit. Traversing the east side of the gully I
could soon see the old mine workings below. I was very relieved
to reach the track and was pleased to see a new information
board about the Carrock Mines which wasn’t here the last time I
At one time Carrock mine was managed by two Germans,
William Boss and Frederick Boehm. From 1906 to 1912 they mined
Photo taken 1916
by Walter Hemmingway
the Mines Manager
Similar view today.
I walked this way in the early 1980s and the mines were being
worked then. I had a short walk back to car and the wind had
dropped considerable but as I drove home along the M6 the wind
picked up again.