At 1726 feet (526 metres) high, Great Cockup is one of the more notable peaks in the range of hills known as the Uldale Fells in northern Cumbria. It is known as Great Cockup in order to distinguish it from its smaller neighbour, Little Cockup, which only reaches a height of 1296 feet (or 395 metres).
In this context cockup has no connection with the modern meaning of the word, but is rather derived from the Old English words 'cocc' and 'hop', where 'hop' is a secluded valley and 'cocc' is a word which can either mean hillock or woodcock.
In celebration of this most splendid of Cumbrian placenames the Hesket Newmarket Brewery of Cumbria produces its own Great Cockup Porter.
- John Ayto and Ian Crofton, Brewer's Britain and Ireland (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2005)