Lake District Fells

The word fell is derived from the Old Norse fjall, which actually means mountain, the Fells of the Lake District where originally used as pastures and grazing land for local farm animals in the many villages in the valleys.

Many Lake District villages and towns have fells named after them, as these villages needed grazing land for their farm animals so the lower slopes of mountains were known as the village fells. An example of this is Seathwaite where black lead or graphite as it’s called today, was found on Seathwaite Fell.

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