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A view over Cockfield FellCockfield Fell is wide open and wind swept moorland that has been common land for many centuries.  Approaching 350 hectares, the landscape of the fell has been marked by the human settlement from the iron age to the industrial revolution. 

The land which was rich in coal, stone and minerals, is pock marked with the evidence of human habitation and exploitation that has taken place through the ages.  Evidence has been found including flint arrow heads that date back to 8000BC, earthworks showing circular enclosures that outline medieval homesteads, together with rectangular enclosures of the later Roman era. 

Woven into the fabric of the hillside is the story of human existence through the ages.  The first recorded coal mining colliery was at Cockfield Fell and was named Vavasous Colliery as early at 1375.  The rich mineral wealth of the fell went on the fuel the start of the industrial revolution and spawned the birth of the railways, with remnants of the railway still clearly visible cutting across the fell.

Cockfield Fell is a landscape of mystery and wonder, studded with early bell pits and collapsed mine workings.  Walking around the fell you can spot the imprinted marks that give a glimpse into lives and ages long past.

Durham have produced an informative heritage circular walk around Cockfield Fell, click the link to find the walk information