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Name:Whinfell Beacon
Hill number:16092
Height:472m / 1549ft
Parent (Ma):2603  Grayrigg Forest
RHB Section:34C: Lake District - Eastern Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Far Eastern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Kent, Catchment Boundaries, Lune
Class:Tump (400-499m), Fellranger
Grid ref:NY 57351 00295
Summit feature:no feature 3m SE of wall
Col:394m  NY572009  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91
(1:25k) OL7N
Observations:ground around cairn 30m ESE at NY 57376 00283 is lower as is the summit on the NW side of wall
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Added to Fellrangers in 2019 following enlargement of Lake District National Park
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 105 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Revisit. Huck's Bridge-Ashstead Hill(incl NW & W tops)-Mabbin Crag-Old High-Castle Fell-Shooter Howe-Whinfell Beacon- Grayrigg Forest Pt439-Casterfield Hill-Belt Howe-Roundthwaite Common-Low Borrowdale-Huck's BridgeDave Geere08/01/2020
Parked at the mast entrance 568982. A 2 hour return on service road to the mast then a good track to the summit. A local told me that very soon the southern slopes of this hill are being planted with coniferous woodland! Solo.bolton19/12/2019
ran with Thomaswinterwalker15/12/2019
From Huck Bridge to Whinfell Beacon & backIWC13/12/2019
Probably the most pleasant hill in Borrowdale. Parked at entrance to Borrowdale (car park full!). Followed bridleway up hill to repeater mast then track across grassy ridge to stile. Through gate then track to summit. Gap in wall allows easy access to lower NW mound. Back same way. With Alfie.Dangerous Dave28/10/2019
Parked in wide gateway of mast service road at 568982 - Up road to cattle grid at 580998 - NW up grass track to stile in wall corner - Over stile & then ATV track up ridge past large cairn to the unmarked summit. (S)gerrybowes19/09/2019
Parked at E end of Borrowdale. Along road then path to mast and across to Whinfell Beacon. Camped overnight on descent to col. Continued to Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag and Ashtead Fell, then descent to Borrowdale and footpath back to car.RobertP12/01/2019
From Castle Fell - on to Jeffrey's Mount via Eelman Sike and track/road. Caught a glimpse of some fells as I descended into Borrowdale. I'll bet this is a decent walk in fine weather. Surprisingly tranquil and pleasant walking down the dale and nice to be out of the Scotch mist for a bit.Wycombe Wanderer20/10/2018
From car park at east end of Borrowdale at NY 60604 01500. Followed the lane west, then forwards on track. Then south up boggy track to the aerial station. Then followed track along ridge west and up to summit. Continued to Castle Fell. Snow and ice. With AT.Man of Kernow109/12/2017
Final of 4 hills on a 7 mile circular walk with Carole Engel. From layby on A6 at Huck's Bridge. Excellent paths from the A6. Followed the wall NE to NY 5860 0114 where a wade across Borrow Beck was needed before the 3 mile return walk to the car.jonglew30/11/2017
Circuit. A6 Huck's Bridge - Ashstead - Mabbin - Castle Fell - Whinfell Beacon - Low Borrowdale. Note that storm damage has closed the path north of the rver, and the replacement stepping stones (555.036) were underwater when we were there - fortunately we didn't need them !Moorponder04/07/2017
Hucks bridge -> Ashstead Fell -> Mabbin Crag -> Castle Fell -> Whinfell Beacon -> Belt Howe -> Roundthwaite Common -> Winterscleugh -> Whinash -> Hucks Bridgebriandiggle04/04/2017
Ashstead Fell Northwest Top - Ashstead Fell West Top - Ashstead Fell - Mabbin Crag - Old High - Castle Fell - Shooter Howe - Whinfell Beacon - Grayrigg Forest Pt 412m - Grayrigg Forest Pt 439m - Grayrigg Forest  - Birk Knott - Jeffreys Mount - Casterfield Hill - Belt Howe - Roundthwaite Common - Winterscleugh - Winterscleugh North Top - Whinash - Dennison Hill - Pipers Hill - Crookdale Crag from GR: NY 55261 03664ronaldo33324/03/2017
Approached the easy way from the masts and walked the Grayrigg Forest Ridge first and then climbed to Whinfell Beacon. Great views. With Jack TMD.meltdiceburg05/03/2017
A very blowy walk up from Borrowdale - exceptional light show, early morning sun breaking through storm clouds. There appeared to be a festival down in the dale - circus tents and camper vans, dog walked informed me it is 'Pray for Change'M3WDD25/09/2016
With Jo, from car park in Borrowdale Wood: tracks to Repeater Station, then onto Whinfell Beacon, Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag and Ashstead Fell and then returning along the riverside bridleway. Weather; sunny, warm, good visibility.amblerbob17/08/2016
on Leyland clock to Grayrigg Forest(qv) walk over all the tops- excellent daypwheeler13/09/2015
Having had a hard walk last weekend taking in 8 Wainwrights, I'd promised myself a weekend doing nothing, but it was far too nice for that, so out came the boots. Parked at the bottom of Borrowdale just off the A685, then up to Whinfell Beacon, Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag, Ashstead Fell, down to the A6 and returned down the valley.Chipstertrain06/09/2015
From M6 Bridge. On a backpack.mick28/08/2015
From the car parking area at Huck's Bridge (altitude 954ft) following a good path all the way. Dry and bog free, no navigational problems at all.moorsman18/06/2015
From grayriggbenarbia_812/07/2014
Ashstead Fell, Mabbin Crag, Castle Fell, Whinfell Beacon, Whinash, Pipers Hillkeithouk06/07/2014
Circular walk from Huck's bridge to Grayrigg Forest.Sunny intervals but quite hazy restricting reputed views.With Bridget and Oscarcatman25/08/2013
With Catman and Oscar.rosiebridge25/08/2013
With Catman and Bridget.oscarrosie25/08/2013
with Sharon and Sue Barnes, from their house, with Lizzie, Alfie, Paddy, Tweed and Kelso!Lou21/05/2010
On Whinfell ridge walk with Claire and AndyCrib Goch09/05/2010
Ashstead Fell, Mabbin Crag, Whinfell Beacon, Grayrigg Forest(not summited) - Solo - loads of deep snow, found out was Uncle bottom of Mabbin. Had to cut short (dark anyways) was half way up grayrigg and binned it off so could go see neice. Lovely walk up the valley in the dark.dads02/01/2009
Lovely circuit of (the other) Borrowdale ticking off a whole cluster of peaks (bagging 400m tops). w Lesley from west. B& B on edge of Kendal. summit is 1of 6 official beacon sites listed in 1486, at the time of unrest along the Border, to give warning by fire of the approach of invaders. This was the year after Henry VII had taken the throne having killed Richard III at Bosworth.Locals were charged with the duty of maintaining the beacons and a belt of trees near the top provided an easily accessible supply of firewood. Presumably visible from Kendal.Chris Pearson31/05/2006
fine summit: big cairn; fine view. simple ascent via BW from W: direct ascent brackeny in summer RHW03/08/2003
Walked here from Grayrigg Forest.JohnW24/11/2002
Borrowdale circuit w MVW, date to checknordicstar01/01/2000
RS. Low Barrow Bridge to Greyrigg Frst Pike, Whinfell Beacon, White Moss, Castle Fell Mabbin Crag, Ashstead Fell & return through Borrowdale. Blustery sleety showers.Vin07/03/1999
On Whinfell Ridge walk.Aye Jimmy11/02/1996
From NY 607 005 to NY 553 035. August 2006.summitsup01/01/1952
Michael Lowe21/05/2020
Edwin Gradwell29/11/2019
David Gradwell29/11/2019
Scott Morley 8607/06/2018