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Mosedale, Rake Trod, Carrock Fell, Brandy Gill, Carrock Mines, Cumbria.
[10.8 km]  Thu 12 Mar 2020

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.
1702
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 Stones.
Mosedale.
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 the rocks.

Old bield.
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).
Summit cairn.
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 passed.
At one time Carrock mine was managed by two Germans, William Boss and Frederick Boehm. From 1906 to 1912 they mined Tungsten.
 
Carrock Miners

Carrock Mines.


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.
 
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