Cotton Grass Mountains

Dent Fell Offers Up Uninterrupted Views

The view from the summit of Dent Fell offers up fantastic views of the Lake District mountains. From May onwards, the top of Dent is awash with cotton grass blowing in the wind – enabling seeds to travel far and wide.

Dent is a small fell on the fringe of the English Lake District near the towns of Cleator Moor and Egremont. Sometimes known as Long Barrow, it is traditionally the first fell encountered by hikers following Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk. It slopes from the westerly point of the Lake District National Park.

At its highest point it stands at only 1155 feet, but offers uninterrupted views of the Cumbrian coast from the Ravenglass estuary in the south to the Solway Firth and across to Scotland in the north. In the west the Isle of Man can be easily seen, and views to the east extend to the high peaks of Pillar and the Sca Fells.

Dent Hill was one of the five stations in Cumberland used by the Ordnance Survey to measure the angles of Principal Triangles for their initial survey of Britain in the years up to and including 1809. The other stations were Black Combe, Scilly Banks (on the outskirts of Whitehaven), High Pike and Cross Fell.

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