Glassonby parish, once in
On occasion a cloud is seen lying on the fell top, and above
it, a space in between, a dark band of swirling cloud; these
are the Helm Cloud and Helm Bar, precursors of a Helm Wind.
This enormous wind comes off the fell into the Eden Valley,
sometimes with the force of a hurricane, and from it came
the reputation of Fiends Fell as an evil place.
A missionary from Canterbury climbed the fell to exorcise the evil, and erected a cross on the fell top, renaming it Cross Fell. The cross is now gone; the wind still blows.
|Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008|