Old Carrock

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Carrock Fell is one of our very local fells. The fell’s name means “Rocky Fell” and is a combination of the Old Welsh “carrec” and the Old Norse “fjall”. Alfred Wainwright rated Carrock Fell as the second most exciting and interesting fell in the northern area of the Lake District, Blencathra and Skiddaw coming first and third respectively. Carrock Fell is unique in the Lake District because it is predominantly composed of Gabbro. The fell is rich in mineral ores and was mined extensively for many centuries. It is the site of an Iron Age hill fort.