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Dumnail Raise, Cumberland

Historical Description

Dumnail-Raise, a mountain-pass on the mutual border of Westmorland and Cumberland, on the road from Gras-mere to Keswick, 1½ mile S of Wythburn. Its summit is 783 feet above the sea-level, is lower than any mountain-pass between Black Combe and the Cheviot range, and has an ancient cairn, said to have been formed in 945 by the Anglo-Saxon king Edmund, to commemorate the defeat and death of Dunmail, the last king of Cumbria. The sides of the pass are flanked by Steel Fell and Seat-Sandal, and the southern descent of it commands a sudden and very grand view over the vale of Grasmere.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.