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Maiden Moor

Maiden Moor

Grid Reference: NY 23675 18193
Height: 576 metres/1890 feet

"This is a beautiful climb."
A Wainwright

Maiden Moor climbs to the south of Catbells, continuing the ridge towards High Spy and Dale Head. From Catbells the ridge descends to Hause Gate before climbing the fine ridge south, above Black Crag to Bull Crag, probably the best viewpoint on the fell, before reaching the summit of Maiden Moor, a gentle grassy plateau.

The ridge continues south, gentle at first before climbing to Blea Crag and the long summit ridge of High Spy, a fine ridge walk.

The western flank of Maiden Moor descends steeply to the Newlands Valley, heavily mined over the years many mines date back to at least the Elizabethan times, when in 1564 the Mines Royal (Queen Elizabeth's mining company) employed expert German miners to work the copper.

  1. Looking down the Newlands Valley from Dale Head

    The Newlands Horseshoe


    Distance: 18km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 3900ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A long but wonderful day on one of the classic horseshoe walks of the Lake District

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