Caermote Hill, from the Roman fort

Caermote Hill, viewed from the Roman fort

Summits: There are two summits in the chapter, though you wouldn’t know it on the ground, nor, particularly, from a study of the map or Wainwright’s pages. However, as well as the summit of Caermote Hill itself (948’), the summit of St John’s Hill also counts as an Outlying Fell because it has a listing in the index (on pages 270-1 of Volume 8). No height is indicated in the book or on the OS map but it can’t be that far below the height of Caermote Hill, so let’s say 925’.

Volume: Book Eight (The Outlying Fells).

Caermote Hill summit

Caermote Hill summit, from the back

Date bagged: First visit: 4th February 2014 (walk 79).

Second visit: 6th April 2018 (walk 144).

Bagged as number: First round: 240 and 241 of the 330. [ << Blawith Knott (238-239)  (242-245) Wasdale Horseshoe >> ]

Second round: 140 and 141 of 330. [ << Swirl How (139)  (142) Longlands Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Both times I came up from Bothel, descended down to Caermote Roman fort and the road.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 207 of volume 8): “There is little visually attractive about Caermote Hill, which appears as a bare mound above gentle slopes descending to the Keswick-Carlisle road A591, but it has a significant place in local history… An ancient earthwork on the top, circular in plan, is of obscure purpose and origin… while at the foot of the hill are distinct traces of a little-known Roman fort. Today there is an air of neglect about these mute reminders of past civilisations although the fort has been the subject of recent attention.”

On St John's Hill

On St John’s Hill, looking north

What I say: I did enjoy the ascent of Caermote Hill, this was almost entirely because of the superb view, south into the heart of the district across the gulf of Bassenthwaite Lake, seen almost full-length.  Caermote, the fort, is almost invisible, and without a sign at the road side one has to take on trust that the vague ditches and rumples in the ground hereabouts are indeed evidence of former Roman occupation.

Note, though, that the route described by Wainwright is obstructed by fencing on at least one occasion (and more than one, if you end up deviating from paths that are not necessarily easy to locate in the farmland). It’s probably worth a climb, though quite a long way from anywhere, and best reached from the north, via Carlisle.

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3 Responses to “Caermote Hill”

  1. […] worth seeing — as it almost always is. Read about it in detail on the walk 79 page and the Caermote Hill page, and stay in touch — I hope to get another walk in before February is […]

  2. Frank Beddison said

    l used to walk all over those hills when I was 16-17 after we had moved up to Bothel from Kent. It was even more enjoyable when we got 2 Old English Bull Terriers. Fond memories, beautiful countryside.

  3. […] walk 144 in the Uldale Fells, north of Skiddaw. I bagged five peaks on my second round, the two on Caermote Hill, then Longlands Fell, Meal Fell and Great Cockup from the Northern […]

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