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Name:Chains Barrow
Hill number:17920
Height:487m / 1598ft
Parent (Ma):2889  Dunkery Beacon
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Somerset (CoU)
Hill area:Exmoor
Watershed:Land's End to John o' Groats, Land's End to Dover, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SS 73459 41908
Summit feature:trig point on tumulus
Col:422m  SS845415  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 180
(1:25k) OL9W
Observations:ground 250m NW is 1m lower
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 31 users)ByDate of Ascent
Large area to park to the south, Then up the ROW following the marker posts. Crossing a BW then up to the Trig. Boggy in places.fosal2919/09/2019
From large lay-by to south up PROW, following posts to gate and then to trig. Although dry, some very wet areas but easily avoided.PeterD20/04/2019
Easy, large parking area where the Macmillan way intersects with the road to the south. Waymarked walk all the way to the final gate (follow the posts to avoid the boggy areas). Then, from the interesting notice alongside the final signpost, turn right for a few metres to find a path leading directly up to the summit.moorsman15/06/2016
From layby where Macmillan Way intersects B3358. Easy walk on good track. Chains Barrow, a Bronze Age bowl barrow with trig pillar atop. Having been there probably in excess of 3,000 years the top of the barrow is the HP.jonglew03/04/2016
With Jo, from Goat Hill Bridge: track/path to Pinkery Pond and onto Chains Barrow, the going past pond onto Woodbarrow Hangings past Long Stone to Parracombe Trig before returning via Pinkery Farm. Weather; cloudy, humid, good visibility on Chains Barrow but became low mist with poor visibility on Woodbarrow Hangings.amblerbob01/07/2015
1/3 very, very mucky walk up from main road, best climbed on a dry day !Fergalh10/01/2015
11-mile loop from Goat Hill Bridgedavidpettit8418/07/2014
Climbed from Two moors way up The Hoar oak water and Then compass reading to The Trig. Back onto The trail via Macmillan way west and Then down The Chains valley Over The brow, down a deep slope and Followed The stream to where it joins The Hoar oak water and Back onto The Two moors way.Dazingdale22/03/2014
Walked alone straight through the horned cows!jimbloomer17/10/2013
Parked on moors north of East Ilkerton, walked to Shallowford, past Pinkery pond onto Chains Barrow, to Exe Head, down Two Moors Way to Cheriton and walked through fields and along lanes back to the starting point. 11 miles.DanTrig28/08/2013
From lay-by on B3358 at SS 72907 40111. Diary extract:- We took a concessionary path north called Macmillan Way West (for some strange reason). It climbed steadily to a stile and once over we were on access land where we could wander at will. This was fortunate, as wander we did! Due to a massive herd of dodgy looking horned cattle, wed no real alternative than to leave the path and give them a wide birth over some putrid terrain. An awful boggy, tussocky, rushy, gorsy, heathery nightmare. Im sure being gored a bit by the cattle would have been slightly less ghastly! Thus avoiding the cattle (I wont call them cows because were not scared of cows) we reached a stile and once over the fence we were safe from the cattle and could use the path for the last section to the summit. To be honest though, the path at this point wasnt much better than the evil terrain wed just endured.David Gradwell27/10/2011
Good path up from B road to south past cattle. With Darren.Chris Pearson12/08/2010
dullish damp moorld summit; pleasant view. good B/W from layby to S RHW08/06/2003
andrew brown23/06/2020
Edwin Gradwell27/10/2011
George Gradwell23/06/2008
David Purchase04/04/1994
Rob Rees23/03/1980