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by poppiesrara » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:10 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Chapelfell Top, Dead Stones, Westernhope Moor
Date walked: 24/07/2020
Time taken: 3.75
Distance: 16.25 km
Ascent: 560m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Chapelfell Top is an outlier among most North Pennines climbs – a plausible circular rather than an out/back slog, and a start in a pretty valley with some fine trees instead of a remote moor. Strike uphill from Swinhopehead towards a big sheepfold and then a ruined hut (grandly 'Cockran's Cabin') on the horizon over decent grass and most of the ascent of this route is done in half an hour. The summit ridge itself is flat, wet and featureless, with a few cairns to pick the summit from.
A dry ditch and then a well-enough trodden fenceside path head fairly pleasantly over Fendrith Hill and the ski station back down to the road summit at 609m.
The rest of the route to the next tick on Westernhope Moor is far more typically tough NP going, unmistakable along the fence but flat, marshy, and very long. Another walker seen (and safely distanced) though! - one of only two all weekend...
Time left on a decent afternoon to fit in another hill.
While signed only as a bridleway, the road up from Ashgill to Priorsdale and the 'foot' of Dead Stones is fine for a car and doesn't leave too much work – a loose following up of Hunter's Cleugh and then a beeline for a small but navigationally-helpful 'mushroom hag' on the skyline gets you within sight and range of the tall summit cairn and a painless-enough uphill walk.
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:49 pm
by poppiesrara » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:36 pm
The thing is, the more of these you climb, the more you feel you need to climb the rest of them...
by johnkaysleftleg » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:26 pm
poppiesrara wrote:The thing is, the more of these you climb, the more you feel you need to climb the rest of them...
I think you've hit the nail on the head
by trailmasher » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:48 am
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