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Howgill Fells & Westmorland Summits


Of the three ridges that descend north from Simon's Seat the longest, and the only one which features a defined summit of its own is Middleton.

Height (m) 486
Height (ft) 1594
Grid Ref: NY653012
Classification: None
Trig Point: Yes
No. of Visits 1

Middleton Gallery: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Approaching Middleton from Simon's Seat
Middleton and Churn Gill as seen from Uldale End
The trig point on Middleton with the snow capped Cross Fell and the two Dun Fells in the distance

More about Middleton: Middleton is bounded to the west by Churn Gill and to the east by first Great Nevy Gill and then by Langdale itself. It is also obscured in most directions by higher ground and is perhaps best seen as a fell in its own right from Uldale End to the north-west.

Middleton is notable for being one of only four summits in the Howgills to feature an OS trig point, the other three being on The Calf, Green Bell and Winder respectively. The trig point actually sits a short distance to the north of the highest point so the altitude of the fell is actually higher than the 486m suggested on the OS map.

As a viewpoint Middleton is limited by the fact that Simon's Seat blocks most of the view out to the south, though there is a good view north towards Cross Fell in the North Pennines. Instead its main attraction is as a delectable route of descent from the much more imposing and impressive Simon's Seat.

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