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Chapelfell Top

Chapelfell Top


Postby 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: 560m

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Long overdue after two months not leaving my own (pretty rural) county, the first mountains of the year and a few more steps towards a long and slow Hewitts completion – picking a break in an area which seemed reasonably safe from any prospect of a crowded path.

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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.
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Westernhope Moor over Swinhopehead

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Fendrith Hill ski slopes

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Westernhope Moor

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Cockran's Cabin

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North over Weardale from Chapelfell Top

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.
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Chapelfell Top, back along the ditch

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Mickle Fell & Meldon Hill from Fendrith Hill

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Following the fence down to Westernhope Moor

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Swinhope ski tows

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...
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Fendrith Hill & Chapelfell Top

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North from Westernhope Moor 'curricks'

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Westernhope Moor summit

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Claypit Burn

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Swinhope Plantation

Time left on a decent afternoon to fit in another hill.

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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.
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Helpful mushroom

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Dead Stones summit...

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...and the hazy view north
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Re: Chapelfell Top

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:49 pm

These are the closest 2,000ft tops to me and yet I've never got around to climbing them :? Chapelfell Top and Fendrith hill look quite nice in all honesty.
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Re: Chapelfell Top

Postby poppiesrara » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:36 pm

Hi JK - I'm not going to honestly say that you shouldn't continue to travel a little further to the Dales or Lakes for a good day out! But save this for a nice day (and dryish underfoot) and it'd be a decent enough little circuit. One of the nicer corners of the North Pennines high ground.

The thing is, the more of these you climb, the more you feel you need to climb the rest of them...
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Re: Chapelfell Top

Postby 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 :lol:
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Re: Chapelfell Top

Postby trailmasher » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:48 am

Nice one Poppy and a bit of a different day to when E and I went up there a few years ago when the ditch was sodden and greasy :roll: It was also very windy and we had to miss out Westernhope Moor for a better day. A good walk with some fine photos :clap:
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