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Name:Westernhope Moor [James's Hill]
Hill number:2736
Height:675m / 2215ft
Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Classification:Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,Cm
Drop:67m
Col:608m  NY897331  

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Entry no.Date recordedGrid Ref.Feature / Observations / SurveyRecorded byStatusSubpointLatest review
-1286925/05/2009NY 92315 32566  F: peaty knoll 10m NE of trig point
O: knoll is 30cm above base of trig point and same height as flush bracket
S: Abney level
JB
Summit
-1287025/05/2009NY 92315 32566  F: peaty knoll 10m NE of trig point
O: knoll is 30cm above base of trig point and same height as flush bracket
S: Abney level
JB
Summit
-1287125/05/2009NY 92320 32567  F: peaty knoll 10m NE of trig point
O: knoll is 30cm above base of trig point and same height as flush bracket
S: Abney level
JB
Summit
-1287208/10/2010NY 92319 32568  F: peaty knoll 10m NE of trig point
O: knoll is 30cm above base of trig point and same height as flush bracket
S: Abney level
David Gradwell
Summit
-1287305/07/2013NY 92317 32567  F: peaty knoll 10m NE of trig point
O: knoll is 30cm above base of trig point and same height as flush bracket
S: Abney level
Aye Jimmy
Summit
-1287405/10/2014NY 92319 32571  F: peaty knoll 10m NE of trig point
O: knoll is 30cm above base of trig point and same height as flush bracket
S: Abney level
K&AD
Summit
-1287503/04/2005NY 92312 32555  F: trig point
S: Abney level
gvjackson
Subpoint
1
-1287625/05/2009NY 92310 32560  F: trig point
S: Abney level
JB
Subpoint
1
204005/07/2013NY 92317 32567  F: Grassy bump by grouse tray.
O: A first for me - all readings agree with 'official' ones!
Aye Jimmy
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GJ



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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 271 users)ByDate of Ascent
Walked up lane from Westgate to bridge over Swinhope Burn then followed Nuttalls route 10:4.dgresty24/07/2020
Boggy loop to Westernhope Moor Trig, Black Hill Trig (North of ridge at 559m, not recognised on this site) and Fendrith Hill. Spotted by gamekeeper who had seen me watching an owl and thought I was either a bird surveyor or someone destroying traps (which are apparently on surveillance now). He was satisfied after a chat that I was just visiting the trigs.meltdiceburg16/07/2020
From Swinhope Head. Followed fence to summit and back. Weather good, blue sky but windy, visibility hazy, ground wet and boggy.NorthernWayfarer25/06/2020
From Swinhope Head.PGCE17/05/2020
With Joe from Swinhope Head. Black Hill, James's Hill and Outberry Plain. Completing the Durham Tops. Decent via Westernhope Burn and old quarries, past Fairy Holes to Weardale and our second car.John Lee22/01/2020
From Black Hill. Glad of tail wind and partially frozen ground. On to Outberry Plain.Wycombe Wanderer18/01/2020
Parked at cattle grid NY 89856 33186 at Swinhope Head. Followed fence line and wall all the way across flat moorland, occasionally very boggy. There and back in 85 minutes. In low cloud all the way.Campbell Singer05/01/2020
From Swinhope Head [Black Hill > James's Hill > Outberry Plain]RobB02/01/2020
From cattle grid at Swinhope Head: Black Hill -> Westernhope Moor -> Outberry Plain. Then retraced steps back to car before attacking hills on other side of the road. Rough ground from Westernhope to Outberry, mainly peat hags, worse on other side of road though.jonglew02/09/2019
From cattle grid on minor road to west. Out and back to Black Hill,Westernhope Moor and Outberry Plain. The walk from Westernhope to Outberry was terrible. In and out and over peat hacs ditches and bogs.mart079708/08/2019
Nuttalls route via Chapelfell Top and Fendrith Hill. Unremarkable summit, still a bit wet underfoot despite a couple of dry warm daysGary Heath29/06/2019
with the dog walked from Swinhope Head GR NY 89839 33173 a layby at the cattle grid heading over to Fendrith Hill passing the top of the sky lifts one a good day you can see this quite boggy and lots of peat hags about summit is a fe meters from the OS trig the headding over the hags to get to the summit of Chapelfell top 2 summits hear and unsure which was the true one to can carry on down the ridge and then head for the road i opted to go down the side of the fell as no visibility could soon see the farm and the road thinking that looks tough trust me the road is miles easier than the walk itself back to the parking spot to refill with water and off over to Westernhope moor this is the boggiest part of the walk stick to the fence and walls unlike meDarren-44318/05/2019
Nuttall route. Decent dayIanHHill02/11/2018
Carrs Hill (Racketgill Head) > Outberry Plain > Westernhope Moor (James’s Hill) > Newbiggin Common pt. 2099 from GR: NY 95447 29236ronaldo33309/09/2018
Carrs Hill (Racketgill Head) > Outberry Plain > Westernhope Moor (James’s Hill) > Newbiggin Common pt. 2099 from GR: NY 95433 29246Hippster09/09/2018
From summit of road at Swinhope Head.Winterfloodian18/07/2018
Parked at Swinhope Head then bagged Black Hill, Westernhope Moor and a soggy Outberry Plain.Dugswell212/05/2018
Parked at Swinhope Head, then followed he rough, intermittent path by the wall/fence to the summit. With JT.Sprog07/05/2018
Drove to Newbiggin and took the minor road from there to Swinhope Head. Rain turned to snow as the road climbed to 2,000 feet. There was a three mile out and back walk to James’s Hill, also known as Westernhope Moor. Visbility was poor in the snow, but route finding was stratightforward, following the fence to the summit. There were peat hags to negotiate, and in one of them my left leg went straight through snow and was stuck under ice. After a couple of worrying minutes, I managed to hack the snow away with my right foot, and, slightly shaken, walked on to the trig point. The mist started to clear on the descent.peter4lc29/11/2017
On from Black Hill to this onemadaddo29/09/2017
After Black Hill from Swinhope HeadAlan Caine25/06/2017
GMnIdris07/04/2017
Final top boggy ground plenty of snow and occasional hail solocolinfielding21/03/2017
Snow fell yesterday giving a soft covering above 500m. Ascended from Harthope Head following the line of the fence. A drainage channel lead from the final corner of the fence north to the top. Snow hid the bog so I sank more than in previous days when I could see where to avoid. The trench takes you all the way to Fendrith Hill with good views south. Turned east following the fence past the ski tow and over Dora's Seat then down to the road crossing at Swinhope Head where I stopped behind a wall for lunch sheltering from the wind. Sun at times felt quite warm! I followed the fence gently uphill then cut the corner following buggy tracks at the 630m contour. The topic Westernhope Moor was very wet. I was tempted by the wooden track built for the buggies but it was very slippery and sunken into the water in the worst spots, so I went back to bog jumping. On the return I followed the line of the fence all the way which was Ok. Once back on the road I walked back to Daddry shield takinaxe.stephen24/02/2017
Walked on my own from St. John's Chapel. Warm but the mist swirled around me all day. As the weather was deteriorating and I could hardly see the fence I made the decision to retrace my steps from this summit back to the road at Swinhope Head and went down from there instead of going over Black Hill.flockwatcher14/09/2016
Out for a walk around 3 trig points from Swinhope Head. Never saw anyone all day.Walker Dan10/08/2016
As per route 10.4dianepick18/11/2015
Did the Nuttalls' walk with Chapelfell Top and Fendrith Hill.clivevilla22/10/2015
SIXTH CONSECUTIVE FINE DAY AT ALSTON BASE CAMP. DROVE TO SWINHOPE PASS, THEN EASY UP AND BACK WESTERNHOPE MOOR. AFTER LUNCH OUT AND BACK TO FENDRITH HILL AND CHAPELFELL TOP. A BIT BOGGY BETWEEN LATTER TWO BUT COULD FOLLOW GRASSY DEPRESSION SOME OF THE WAY.BURGESS30/09/2015
from Swinhope Head. Windy, so damn windy. Made what should have been an easy walk pretty tough going. dont be fooled by the grassy slopes that lure you in either - its heather peat and water most of the way. seemed like further than the map suggested today - though i'd put that down to the weather. summit a short distance from the trig. the duckboard track doesnt appear to lead back to swinhope head.stig_nest11/05/2015
From Swinhope Head on very cold, wet, misty and windy day - visibility c 50m - lot of bog hopping in places - stuck to fence and wall due to visibilitycelticrambler07/03/2015
Slow slog up from Bowless. Boggy, flat summit. Not worth a revisit.Tom D28/02/2015
Daddry Shield - Chapelfell Top - Fendrith Hill - Westernhope Moor - Swinhopehead House - Daddry Shield. Sunny, with the ground well frozen.davidpettit8408/02/2015
From NY898331 via Black Hill, then on to Outberry Plain. 2nd visit - first on Nuttalls' round in 2007Crib Goch03/09/2014
Nuttall Route. Chapelfell Top, Fendrith Hill, Black Hill, Westernhope Moor, Outberry Plain.ijpowell20/06/2014
From Swinhope Head, out and back over Black Hill, Westernhope Moor and Outberry Plain.rhalstead19/04/2014
Black Hill, Westernhope Moorronaldo33302/02/2014
From Black Hill, reasonable trudge. Trig a bit battered but 'summit' is a few metres away. Continued to Outberry, tougher going.Aye Jimmy05/07/2013
With G. From Swinehope Head > Black Hill > Westernhope Moor > Fendrith Hill retracing route > Chapelfell Top > Swinehope Head retracing route.RT197005/07/2013
Combined with Chappelfell Top and Fendrith Hill. Up from road summit and down via curricks to road.tsharp24/08/2012
Swinhope Head at top of minor road between Teesdale & Weardale (898332) – Fendrith Hill – Chapelfell Top – Reverse to Swinhope Head – Westernhope Moor – Reverse to Swinhope Head. (PM)gerrybowes23/05/2012
From the road at Swinhope Head where the car can be parked easily. Also done on 25/09/2015 when heading over to the 'Bridge' - Outberry Plain with GB.bolton23/05/2012
Westernhope Moor, Fendrith Hill, Chapelfell Top.lenman07/05/2012
More unfinished business, this time from 2009. Easy walk from the top of the road.ruthatlast13/10/2011
With Dad for a short day out to complete BH Weekend. Up from cattle grid at Swinhope Head. Followed Nuttalls' route from there onwards. There is a faint path to the summit.AGWilliamson29/08/2011
Fourth summit of the day at 10.10 & again at 11.30am after a trudge over to Outberry Plain. Amazing wooden track made out of fence posts which stretches over 0.5 km of bog makes going a bit easy either side of summit but wouldn't like to visit after rainsignyred24/08/2011
Up from the cattle grid at Swinhope Head. Boggy in parts but after such a dry spring and summer I think I chose one of the better days. The metal feeding tray marks the top.Father Ted02/07/2011
Access land. Land manager may restrict access on week days during the bird nesting season.Phaedra14/06/2011
From the minor road at Swinhope Head. An easy climb.Fisky Boy14/05/2011
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke14/05/2011
from cattle grid at NY900330, followed wall to summit, quite boggy but not as bad as expected.nevans8406/02/2011
As Nuttall route. Bog not quite as bad as the Burnhope Seat round but not far off. Grouse grit tray marks the true summit. Return to the road and avoid the Nuttall short cuts!David Gradwell08/10/2010
From Swinhope head by feint trod.Eddie26/09/2010
Bagged this summit after Chapelfell Top & Fendrith Hill, quite boggy on the summit. Atrigpoint marks the summit.nice views getting dark when i reached it so didnt hang around.Back to van.Mc Tango29/08/2010
From Swinhope Head.Marshsand18/06/2010
From the top of the road at Swinhope Head. Follow the fence.The wooden track over the bogs made out of fence posts on the approach to the top was submerged in a Tarn just under the trig pillar.mick23/04/2010
KeithByTheC10/03/2010
Followed wall and fence up from roadBramley18/04/2009
on footprint easter breakmike killick11/04/2009
Start ~ 895346. From Fendrith Hill, boggy peat moors, with Wombourne.steve hudson28/09/2008
Solo.Dangerous Dave10/05/2008
The wall in the Nuttall book is up the hill away from the road. Roughly speaking follow the wall / fence as there is a path. Bit of hags and bog but not too bad. 2 hours there and back from the road.destaylor02/10/2007
With Jo, circular walk from Swinhopehead House: across fell to Cockran’s Cabin, Chapelfell Top, then along ridge to Fendrith Hill, Dora’s Seat , Swinhope Head continuing onto Black Hill, Westernhope Moor and Outberry Plain, then returning back along ridge to SH, then down road to start. Weather, sunny, warm breeze, very good visibility.amblerbob11/09/2007
Nuttalls' walk 10.4Crib Goch08/08/2007
strait in and out, easyjohnfwoolley21/05/2007
easy to find- lovely views and quite dry today - finally got to the tops having failed to get to the top of the road by gales and snowgigglejon04/02/2007
Parked at approx: NY895347. Cold but bright day. Most of the bog was frozen, however it was also an ankle twisting to walk on the frozen surface.Jhimmy17/12/2006
RHW26/02/2006
Afternoon ascent from the high point of the road, following a morning orienteering event.JohnW01/10/2005
petey17/07/2005
Alone, using bus & train to get to Allenheads.Grinner12/06/2004
Second ascent.thenomad21/05/2004
Ascended twice on return ridge walk.glbrookes27/08/2000
Clear day, just off fence bit wet underfootRhayader_wander24/08/2000
Followed the fence across from Swinhope Head over some very boggy ground. yorkie12/03/2000
Calm, cold, foggy. Would have been boggy if the bogs weren't frozen.Grass layby at Swinhope Head, Westernhope Moor, Swinhope Head, Dora's seat, Fendrith Hill, Chapelfell Top, Cockran's Cabin, Swinhope Bridge, Swinhope Head.joseph mitchell13/02/1999
From Swinhope Head road top, also Black Hill and Outberry plain tops (Bridges)nordicstar16/01/1998
My final Dawson p30 610 metre / 2000 ft summit of E & W as listed along with the marilyns in The Relative Hills of Britain book ) Solo. Heathery and / or boggy flat moorland requiring a determined effort for 5 Bridge tops. Grouse beating and shooting not far away (just passed the 'glorious' 12th).Chris Pearson16/08/1997
Solo. Last of nine peaks on a 25-mile day. Great weather, great views.mikejacobs15/02/1997
Galltywenallt28/05/1996
from Black Hill. Gentle walk over deteriorating ground to column. 13.15. to Outberryarranc07/05/1990
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
2nd on way backAlaric06/08/1988
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From NY 895 346 doing the round of Chapelfell Top, Fendrith Hill and Westernhope Moor. 1999/2000?summitsupblank
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