Nettle Hill

Nettle Hill

Nettle Hill is the highest point of Crosby Garrett Fell, one of a number of Westmorland hills that were incorporated into the Yorkshire Dales National Park in August 2016.

Height (m): 382
Height (ft): 1253
Prominence (m): 124
Classification: HuMP
Hill No: 5304
Grid Ref: NY716078
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

The relative prominence of Nettle Hill is largely due to two deep valleys that separates Crosby Garrett Fell from its near neighbours. To the west is Potts Beck and to the east is the superb valley of Smardale.

The superb valley of Smardale with Nettle Hill to the left
The superb valley of Smardale with Nettle Hill to the left

Whilst a number of public rights of way pass over Crosby Garrett Fell none go over the summit. This is not a problem as the fell is largely covered in short grass and is easy to walk over. There are also some thinner trods that cross over the hill including one passing the small cairn on Great Ewe Fell, a subisdary top.

Nettle Hill
Nettle Hill

The summit area features an Ordnance Survey trig point which is surrounded by an old shelter cairn. Built in 1960 the trig point somehow seems to look a lot older than many of its peers despite it being a relatively new column compared to some.

The trig point on Nettle Hill looking towards the Howgill Fells
The trig point on Nettle Hill looking towards the Howgill Fells

Apparently the trig point is not the highest point. The Database of British Hills claims that a small mossy cairn, 30m south of the trig point, is actually 50cm higher. It is worth noting there is also another 382m spot height even further south that may be as high.

Approaching the summit of Nettle Hill
Approaching the summit of Nettle Hill

The view is quite extensive for the fairly modest elevation. The Howgills are well seen to the south and to the east, over Ash Fell, is Wild Boar Fell and Little Fell. To the north the Cross Fell and Mickle Fell ranges in the North Pennines can also be seen.

Nettle Hill from Smardale Fell
Nettle Hill from Smardale Fell

To the north-west of the summit, above the bridleway leading into the village of Crosby Garrett, is a scattered area of limestone called Greystones. Although not particularly impressive in themselves they provide a good view north over the Eden valley.

Enjoying the view from Greystones
Enjoying the view from Greystones

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