Saturday, 1 July 2000

Maiden Moor

Maiden Moor
Height: 575m (1,886ft)
Prominence: 10m (33ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small pile of stones
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
A Newlands Round - 22/08/2014
A small cairn marks the summit
What Wainwright said:

"From mid-Newlands, Maiden Moor is seen to rise in three tiers: the lowest, rock crowned, behind the hamlet of Little Town; the second, also craggy, above but some distance back; and finally the summit, set at the edge of a steep fall to the upper reaches of the valley".

Maiden Moor stands 4 miles south of the town of Keswick and is part of the high ground that separates the Newlands Valley and Borrowdale. Due it its modest height, Maiden Moor fails to be mentioned on many UK mountain lists but it does have a separate chapter in Wainwright's guide.

The meaning of the fell's name is obscure, the name "Maiden" is given to many prehistoric hill forts but there is no evidence that a hill fort ever existed on the fell, it may refer to a place where games or rituals were played where maidens took part.

There is no easy way of discerning the exact highest point as the top is a level grassy plateau. There are excellent views across the Newlands valley to the Coledale fells and beyond.

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