Watch Hill outside Cockermouth

Watch Hill gently rising to the north east of Cockermouth has panoramic valley views backed by dark, dramatic, mountain scenery. The hill itself is a succession of closely cropped sheep pastures, the terrain gently rolling, and the summit just an unmarked grassy knoll. Surprisingly there are two tops in Wainwright's Outlying Fells book: Watch Hill on the western end of the summit ridge, and Setmurthy Common to the east in the corner by the woods. Hollows in the otherwise pristine lawn look like minature limestone quarries, and possibly a shake hole nearby. The views on the climb up are extensive, but are limited to the south by trees at the summit of Setmurthy Common.

There is a small parking area on the Higham road at its junction with the old Cockermouth - Keswick road.