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Sampson’s Rock

Sampson’s Rock is a mythical stone, located on the top of Dent Fell, in West Cumbria. The rock is said to have been thrown across the sea, from Ireland by a giant called Sampson.

During the 1930’s, a chap called Denton mused in the Whitehaven News that a railway be built on Dent Fell to bring people closer to the rock:

A light railway to the top of Dent is to be constructed, so that Samson’s Rock may be brought nearer to the natives.  If Mohammed won’t go to the mountain…

Whitehaven News

Dent fell is traditionally the first encountered by those embarking on the Wainwright Coast to Coast walking route. The fell isn’t within the Lake District National Park, but a campaign has now begun for the park to be extended so that it can be included, and thus be protected.

  • At its highest point, Dent Fell stands at only 352 metres (1155 feet), but offers uninterrupted views of the Cumbrian coast from the Ravenglass estuary in the south to the Solway Firth and across to Scotland in the north. In the west the Isle of Man can be easily seen, and views to the east extend to the high peaks of Pillar and the Sca Fells.

Speaking at a recent Cleator Moor Town Council meeting, councillor Hugh Branney, who is a member of the Lake District National Park, said: “Dent is almost sacred to Cleator Moor. We all go up.”

Sampson's Rock, Dent Fell
Sampson’s Rock, Dent Fell


    • It’s a special place for me, having scattered the ashes of my Uncle there. He used to work for the Forestry Commission and loved being among the trees. The rock was one of those special places for him too ♥

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