Dent Fell, which is a small fell near the towns of Cleator Moor and Egremont, is also sometimes known as Long Barrow. This is the first fell which hikers would encounter when following Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk.
Even though it only has an elevation of 352 metres it offers superb views of the Cumbrian coast from the Ravenglass estuary in the south to the Solway Firth and across to Scotland in the north. To the west the Isle of Man can clearly be seen and the view to the east extend to the high peaks of Pillar and Sca Fell Pike.
Once a climber has reached the summit, it is common practice to place a rock on the rock pile “cairn” to represent that they have reached the top of the fell. However, this is also done due to the fact that Dent Fell is only a few metres short of being a mountain and therefore by adding rocks to the cairn makes it into a mountain to some, however, it is still classed as a fell.