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Name:Mickle Fell
Hill number:2711
Height:790m / 2592ft
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Western Fells
County/UA:Durham (CoU)
County (CoH):Yorkshire, North Riding (CoH)
County (CoA):Durham (CoA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Grid ref:NY 80603 24545
Summit feature:small cairn c 20m NE of large cairn
Col:578m  NY749267  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91 92
(1:25k) OL19N
Observations:large cairn is at NY 80586 24534
Survey:Abney level
Comments:B&L give NY805245
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  • Durham (1974) administrative county top
  • Yorkshire, North Riding historic county top
  • Durham current county/UA top

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From carpark at Murton -> Murton Fell -> Bink Moss -> Mickle Fell -> Little Fell. Over 2 days with Nathan.axoree04/01/2020
From SE starting at cattle grid on a no live firing day. Phoned the military at Warcop and given the green light by a Nepalese officer who also offered to help me get an Everest permit ha ha. CG route is the shortest but there is much soft and wet ground, cycling in on longer routes may be better.Topographer5721/10/2019
On a non-firing day with a permit from county boundary and back over Little FellIWC24/08/2019
Armed with a permit on a no firing day we headed out on the Nuttall route from Hilton. Little Fell Summit was very disappointing but Mickle Fell more than made up for it (shame about the horrendous pathless terrain during the middle section)Jephcote8303/08/2019
From NY 8314 1994 on a non-firing day. Followed fenceline to NY 8038 2250, then direct to Little Fell (Elsmslie) before heading up onto the Mickle Fell ridge for the main hill and on to the trig. Direct route back towards start point, then veered off to pick up the sub5 Helbeck Fell.jonglew14/07/2019
Hilton - Roman Fell - Long Fell - Tinside Rigg - Little Fell - Mickle Fell - Murton Fell - Scordale - Hilton. Looks impressive from the west, first clear summit of the dayGary Heath13/07/2019
Applied for permit by email 12 days previous & got no reply. Scheduled non firing day rang recorded message 0800 number on the day no live firing so went for it. From Durham / Cumbria border on official route following the fence. Someone at summit had a permit which arrived 5 weeks before the date.rogreeves06/07/2019
From car park near Cow Green Reservoir on non-firing day.lenman05/05/2019
On Close House track to trig and then across grass to summit.peter4lc22/04/2019
out ticking off some nuttalls in lovely weather conditions starting at GR NY 80287 22229 on the county boundary a walk mainly off cross country to the summit off mickle fell little fell also getting little fell trig in a bad way now and also arnside rake little fell arnside rake mickle fell pt 2547 and hilton fellDarren-44321/04/2019
out ticking off some nuttalls in lovely weather conditions starting at GR NY 80287 22229 on the county boundary a walk mainly off cross country to the summit off mickle fell little fell also getting little fell trig in a bad way now and also arnside rake little fell arnside rake mickle fell pt 2547 and hilton fellmy-list21/04/2019
From cattle grid on road to south, with permit. Cold dry weather meant that conditions underfoot were generally good.Winterfloodian05/01/2019
Obtained permit from Warcop before Christmas. Parked at cattle grid to SE of Hill on B6276. Followed wire fence and boundary stones all the way to summit. Stayed on E side of fence as this was where all the footbridges were. Nearly made the mistake of thinking the summit was the 788m spot height when in fact it is further NE.Wheelsy05/01/2019
Grains o'th'Beck, Close House, High Crag, trig then summit. 21k.NormanW14/10/2018
With Andy and permit from the southcolinfielding07/10/2018
From Cattle grid on Cumbria/Durham border. Followed fence upto the plateau. Some areas wet underfoot, but not to bad. Howling wind on top though. With Colin and MOD permit.bevandy11407/10/2018
With Deborah. Southern route, boggy as expected although the best way through/round was often by the fence. Round trip took 4hrs 40 minutes including lunch. Possible to do it in less but the weather was glorious and there was no need to hurry.Donpeblo06/10/2018
Mickle Fell pt 2547 > Mickle Fell > Mickle Fell trig > Long Crag > Long Crag East Top > Lang Hurst from GR: NY 81129 30862ronaldo33329/09/2018
Mickle Fell pt 2547 > Mickle Fell > Mickle Fell trig > Long Crag > Long Crag East Top > Lang Hurst from GR: NY 81129 30862Hippster29/09/2018
After more than two years in the planning we set off from Cow Green Reservoir with our access permit and Chris. Unfortunately we omitted to take a pontoon bridge with us which made crossing the Maize Beck more difficult and ended with a long detour upstream looking for a crossing point and eventually finding a footbridge. The ascent alongside the boundary fence proved to be quite a slog but we were rewarded with magnificent views all around at the top. Although access days are limited we saw no one else on the hill.Newton Maximus25/08/2018
From 392 track end above Grains o th Beck. Easy if a little long walk along track then 4x4 path to summit. Sunny day. Warcop site very helpful to access days and phone line. The from this direction you only just cross into MOD land.N.Morters04/08/2018
From Cow Green. Permit from MOD.solitaryfellwanderer07/07/2018
Murton Fell - Mickle Fell - Little Fell - Long Fell - Tinside Rigg.tomd405/05/2018
Parked at boundary wall between Cumbria and county Durham. Followed the wall all the way to Plateau then walked to the carn summit. Return via trig and then on track down to a bridge then cross country to boundary fence and back to the carjmistry8601/04/2018
With K and RM with a permit. Usual route from cattle grid to the south. Harder work than anticipated. Snow on the summit and above average visibility.Ashley01/04/2018
From Langdon Beck YH, hired for Richard's birthday. Snowy ascent via impressive Cauldron Snout , and an interesting crossing of Maize brook in large ( declining) group; also visited trig. inevitable icy descent in darkness. Great day followed by roast pork dinner. Second ascent.Denise 03/02/2018
For Richard M s birthday - a large group of 10/20 from Langdon Beck taking advantage of a military free day. Mist and Lots of snow.davechaffey03/02/2018
Richard M's birthday weekend. Langdon Beck YH via impressive Cauldron Snout then up from Cow Green Reservoir, river crossing then followed fence up to ridge. Along to trig point, descent via Silverband shop, track over High Hurst and skirted round Noon Hill to bridge near Cronkley. Bad visibility but fun in the snow and with excellent company!zoob03/02/2018
An opportunist ascent from Langdon Beck YHA on realising this was one of the few non firing weekends. A great route past the impressive Cauldron Snout before interesting crossing of the Maize Beck and plod through deepening snow along the fence line to summit plateau. Snow, bright misty cloud but no wind. Visited trig point before descending. A great day out.RichardM03/02/2018
Full soft snow cover. Sunny. From south followed fence. Compleated all 445 Nuttalls.Hammy27/12/2017
Permit from MOD þo bag Mickle Fell. Great day. Parked at Cow Green cp and cycled to Moss Shop mine ruin via Cow Green Dam and Birkdale farm. Bridleway beyond ruin unrideable. Followed b/w to county boundry fence and followed to edge of summit plateau. Easy going to summit. Beutiful autumn day,cold and clear, great views to the Lakes, Cross Fell and NY Moors. Back same way to visit Widdybank Fell and Viewing HillJohn Lee04/11/2017
With E. MOD Access Land open day. From small car park by cattle grid on B6276 (NY8317919943). Up by fence via Hewits and Hanging Seal. Wet, low cloud and boggy ground made this a slog to the summit. Then onto trig point and return via track past High Crag, White Band, Fish Lake, Grains o' th' Beck and B road.Beeliner07/10/2017
With Katy (and permit)Very Hard Wet Day.George Thompson06/08/2017
A fabulous walk using Alan's route, from the track starting above Grains o'the Beck, and going past Fish Lake and Close House over wide open grassy, rushy moors. Curiosity corner: the MOD area contains a newly creosoted hut with a porta pottie. Are the squaddies going soft, or is this for the grouse shooters? Heather moor above this, in full flower, and then the first view of the long grassy summit ridge/plateau of Mickle Fell. The track goes almost to the ridge, but it's a fine walk nonetheless. The walk along the ridge is very enjoyable, easy dry going on a grassy ATV track, with wonderful views all the way. It's good to walk right to the end of the ridge for a great view from Little Fell to Cross Fell, and the Lakes beyond. Possibly one of the best Pennine hills?Gill05/08/2017
A bit of a slog on Southern route. Fortunately little rain.Isambard29/07/2017
From the east of Grains o' th' Beck on B6276 at start of track. Met 2 gamekeepers during the course of the walk who were both very friendly. Great walk of 12 1/2 miles and the low cloud cleared up as the walk went along.Alan Caine01/07/2017
With Graham, Tove, Andrew and Steve. From Hilton via Long Fell, Tineside Rigg and Little Fell.ruthatlast01/07/2017
From Cow Green via fence on N side; late start so I went on the fell after the firing finishes (1300 hrs on Su). Landrover tracks etc within ca. 100 m E of fence all the way and very obviously along the summit ridge which is largely stony grassy and good going. Had it to myself, cloud on and off top, E wind. Down more directly to Birkdale, via Greenmines Hush, a pleasant way. I note good tracks from near Birkdale go to 600 m (map) on Meldon Hill which would allow that hill to be climbed while waiting for the guns to fall silent. With the gentians out at Cow Green, this was a good day and I won't join Mickle Fell's detractors. Good to get on Yorkshire's highest summit, 44 years after climbing my first. Exceptionally dry underfoot. PS- no sign of any military debris- do the MOD ever use the area E of the fence?pwheeler07/05/2017
ACW circuit starting at NY846203. A grassy hill on top, some heather lower down. Summit area quite busy today - several people - bit of a culture shock, expecting (as previous visits), to be alone. I think I am right in saying that Mickle Fell is the highest hill in England outside Cumbria & The Cheviots- also is Co Durham's 'English Corbett'.ger30/04/2017
As per the Nutall route, so climbed after little fell and before Meldon Hill. Long, but brilliant day outdianepick30/04/2017
with the aid of a MOD permit and from the Cattle Grid on Brough to Middleton-in-Teesdale road. Very boggy ground and much covered in snow which also fell during ascent. Hard work!IanHHill04/02/2017
Obtained permit. With Stephen. Parked in a small lay-by nr Brough on the Cumbria, Durham border.ADT02/10/2016
Walked up from the Brough Road with a bunch of cachers and our permit holder. A bit of a boggy slog if I'm honest but at least the clouds lifted for about 10 minutes while we were on the top.Walker Dan28/08/2016
From Little Fell as per Nuttall's route (almost anyway). The GR seems to be what may once have been a cairn but not the little cairn you might think.clivevilla06/08/2016
Slightly annoying official North Route with permit. Not really possible to phone guard room in a dip in a middle of the moor...with MDanmawr06/08/2016
Walked from Hilton. Fine and breezy. A great mountain with a unmissable summit cairn unlike Little Fell. Be aware that this is on M.O.D. land and access is only given on certain weekends.flockwatcher06/08/2016
1/7 First of seven (Mickle Fell/Boldon Hills/Strawberry Hill/Rombold's Moor (Ilkey Moor)/Weets Top/Abbot Hills/Black Hill) Long 4 hour slog through rain for this one.Fergalh09/07/2016
Route 9.4 from the Nuttall's book. Had a permit but no phone signal so didn't ring the guard room. Little Fell was reasonably straightforward and the route to Mickle Fell was fairly easy as long as you follow the Nuttall's directions and stick to the quad bike tracks. After this though it gets pretty hard and you're up to your ankles in heather most of the way to Murton Fell. Didn't see a soul all day. The only shell casings I saw were from grouse shooting. Pretty wet, cloudy and windy all day.tsharp09/07/2016
south route, clear day, easy 5hr walk up and down. Top of cairn seems to be higher than officisl high point. With Caroline & Matt.keithelliott04/07/2016