Saturday, 1 July 2000

Great Cockup

Great Cockup seen over Trusmadoor
Height: 526m (1,726ft)
Prominence: 90m (295ft)
Region: Northern Fells
Classifications: Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small pile of stones
Times climbed: 1
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A small pile of stones marks the top
What Wainwright said:

"Viewed from a distance, Great Cockup appears as a modest but extensive eminence with no obvious summit and nothing calling for closer inspection. First impressions are confirmed by a tour of exploration, the fell underfoot providing no more interest than the fell at a distance".

The fell is known as "Great" to distinguish it from its smaller neighbour Little Cockup which lies on its north western shoulder. The fell's name originates from the Old English language, a combination of the words cocc and hop, where hop means a secluded valley and cocc means a woodcock or black grouse. So the meaning is probably "larger fell above the secluded valley where Woodcock or Black Grouse are found".

The lower southern slope of the fell has a large, isolated boulder which is marked on large scale maps; this is thought to be an erratic left by a retreating glacier.

The view from the summit is dominated by a good view of Skiddaw’s northern slopes while there is an excellent open outlook towards the Scottish Borders.

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