Cumbrian peak inches its way to mountain status

Cumbria Tourism is welcoming the addition of its newest mountain, Calf Top, and says now is the perfect time to visit this lesser-known part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Calf Top, near the market town of Sedbergh, has just been elevated to mountain status and a new height of 2000.02ft by Ordnance Survey. The former hill is in the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park and is now officially three quarters of an inch higher than its original measurement of 1999.9ft in 2010.
According to Ordnance Survey, Calf Top ‘hasn’t grown’. The change in height is simply a result of improvements to the GPS mapping system which means they can measure the height of a hill from ground level more accurately.

Rachel Tyson, Head of Marketing & Sales at Cumbria Tourism, says, “Cumbria is renowned for its spectacular fells – including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike – and this latest news from Ordnance Survey gives anyone who enjoys the great outdoors an even greater reason to explore a less well known part of Cumbria. Calf Top is now also firmly part of the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park, so it’s the perfect time for people to take a look for themselves.”

With Calf Top now scaling new heights, it joins some of Cumbria’s other more well-known mountains including Causey Pike near Keswick which measures 2089 feet, Little Hart Crag just north of the market town of Ambleside which comes in at 2090 feet and Heron Pike which stands at 2008 feet forming part of the Fairfield Range near Grasmere.

To find out more about exploring the area around Calf Top, including Sedbergh, Dentdale and Garsdale, visit the GoLakes website.


Notes to Editors: 

Image attached: Overlooking Calf Top and Middleton Fell – Image credit to Yorkshire Dales National Park.

For more information or to arrange a press trip to Cumbria, please contact Rebecca Walker at Cumbria Tourism Press Office on: 01539 825003 or email .


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