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Name:Sighty Crag
Hill number:2313
Height:520m / 1706ft
RHB Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Eden (Carlisle), Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Gretna)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,Dew,Cm)
Grid ref:NY 60134 80921
Summit feature:rock outcrop
Drop:295m
Col:225m  NY601972  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 80
(1:25k) OL42W
Observations:outcrop is 5m WSW of trig point and 0.9m above FB
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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From the Flatt via RoW and Christianbury Crag. Up to summit along fence lines with trod paths mostly, some peat hags needed more effort. Descent to SW along fence then west from fence jct 594797. This was laborious and time consuming over tussocks, mature heather, and much old felling with gullies filled with rotted brash. Plain sailing from forestry track at 584796.Moorponder07/10/2019
From Caldslope cycled to 584800 edge of forest/ felled area followed a muddy teack which soon disappeared. Bit of a boggy path beside fence near summit. Tough going on heather & tussock. Nothing good to say about my route.rogreeves06/09/2019
Easy walk from The Flatt. Plenty of parking space ( Saturday) as no forestry activity. Solo.Dangerous Dave01/06/2019
Parked at Kielder Castle car park, cycled as far as I could then swore and cursed the rest of way in a navigational exercise and a right pain surface to walk on. Should be called Unsighty Crag. Rather root canal surgery than ever clapping eyes on this hideous peak again. Company: Soloiandesbottes19/05/2019
Would have been last English Marilyn but now need to do Hensbarrow Downs as only Hensbarrow Beacon was on list when I did it!davefh11/05/2019
My last English & Welsh Marilyn - 52 Scottish ones left. Route as Nordicstar: up forest tracks to high point, then to wall/fence (which is the toughest bit). Follow it north to a wooden gate. Over gate and follow fence to summit (as on 1:25k map). There is a faint soggy path on west side of fence for most of the way. 1h40 up, 1h20 down.PGCE26/12/2018
via normal from The Flatt. Forestry works going on but easily ignored me... after quarry up to wall then followed as it turned into fence to summit. Cold early morning.N.Morters13/12/2018
From the Flatt. There is plenty of parking just down the gravel track at 56148 78514. The forest tracks were clear and easy going up to Slaty Crag. A quick didge up through the trees to the open moorland and then the fun starts. Almost completely pathless about 2 miles each way to the top. There is a faint path by the fence on the final ascent to the top which helps a bit but it is slow going. A great feeling of wilderness however. 2h 40m round trip 11.76km.clivevilla06/11/2018
From The Loan to Twolads Crag via forest tracks, then across moor to summit.Winterfloodian18/10/2018
Plenty of parking at forest entrance 562785.Saturday so no timber workings. Exited forest at 58843 81035 then 1.2k of heather and tussocks to top. Returned same way, 3 hours for 11.8k.NormanW22/09/2018
From The Flatt, parking at NY 5597 7842. Forestry work going on so avoided the main logging track. Took RoW towards Crew, then cross country to Long Crag trig - mainly sheep ground with good going underfoot. Long Crag to Sighty Crag started OK, but soon deteriorated into heather and rubbish, fortunately boggy sections largely dry. 1hr 30 up and 1hr 10 down.jonglew12/06/2018
From The Loan up forestry track to the firebreak just beyond the quarry (hard going due to fallen trees). Then just a slog out to the summit and back taking in trig on Long Crag on way back.SS18/02/2018
From the Loan using Nordicstar's route, and with the luxury of Jonathan's GPS in the rain and mist. A better name under such conditions would be Unsighty Crag.Gill07/10/2017
Parked up at the Loan. Kettle on . Stalkers arrive..advised The forestry was off limits..talked for 10mins by which time they decided i could go so far in. Walked up tracks to digger driver. Chatted to him for a bit then out onto rough open fell. Superb summit eventually reached. In terms of wilderness surely the number one in England.stig_nest14/09/2017
Was very hard going, not one to repeat for me.G0HIO13/08/2017
From forest carpark by Lewis Burn at NY 63549 89605. Poor hills.Alan Moore27/10/2016
A very long walk through forest tracks & then across open moorland. Don't be tempted to drive along forest tracks through gate as it was locked when we returned! A joint SOTA activation with Dave G3TQQ & M0HQO.G4OOE15/09/2016
Parked on verge of minor road close to the Flatt. Up on moorland to E of trees: some faint quad bike tracks. Thus to Long Crag. Then N to Sighty Crag by fences: rough heather. On through rougher heather round to Christianbury Crag q.v.david.carreg01/08/2016
Parked the car at the Loan on the legal side of the gate. Loads of space. Followed right hand path through the forest. The path eventually levels out with a couple of rises and falls. A quarry comes into view at NY 58713E 80568. Follow the far rim of the quarry and there is an overgrown track. Follow this through the forest and make for Long Bar. There is a barbed wire fence to get over and there is no path so it's a case of picking the easiest way through the heather etc. From the top of Long Bar I made a route directly to Sighty Crag. No path again, just rough heather moor but not as bad as some people have made out. From the summit followed Rough Grain aiming for the forest edge at NY 58852E 81027. Barbed wire fence again. There is a ride through the forest here coming out on the track at NY 58722E 80867N, Turn right here and follow the track back to the LoanMikeM21/04/2016
I took the advice in previous logs and parked at NY 56155 78518 and then made the straightforward walk up the forest track to the sharp bend at the top before taking the short section of feint path and exiting the forest at NY 58843 81035. I then took a right for a short steep section alongside the fence before hacking it across the moorland to the trig point. Mixed weather, some sun, some rain, some wind but a pleasant day. It feels very isolated at the top.Father Ted18/04/2016
#557tim74705/03/2016
With a group of 7 during our A.G.M. weekend at Greenhead. Crumblie2 also in group. Misty, very wet under foot and over head.Thorny07/11/2015
parked near cottage at locked gate, good track then open moorland to the top.robertphillips25/10/2015
2mFM Radio Activation SB-005. 50w radio.Petem0hqo15/09/2015
Parked at the entrance to the forestry roads, near The Flatt, at NY560784. I followed the southern edge up, and then north to the firebreak at NY587809, then onto the top. Returned by heading more SW from the firebreak, to make a 'circle' of my route. Why, I don't know. It's all trees or even denuded of trees.aul-fogie20/07/2015
GIdris31/03/2015
Despite the low cloud and constant rain Mrs Mindlessflogger wanted to get this one ticked. From the Forest entrance 562785, followed the forest tracks up to their highest point where a smaller track lead up to the open moor. This was rough slow going following the compass with the wind, rain and poor visibility making it an excellent test of waterproofs and navigation. After passing over a few craggy bits, picked up a fence that seemed to be going in the right direction and mercifully this made the walking both psychologically and physically easier. After a few seconds at the trig, returned the same way and arrived at car thankful for GPS (used to check compass work) and a dry set of clothes. An Enjoyable experience (but only once in a while).mindlessflogger25/01/2015
First top this year. Hard slog after leaving forest track. Route as per nordicstar [previous entry] but returned same way.Crib Goch04/01/2015
W Jenx, penultimate English Marilyn - Peel Fell next w/end God willing. Parked at The Loan nr Caldslope, lots of space after short track section. A drag hunt had assembled so we just got in! Followed track, many felled trees tho. The final section of wood after zig zag sectn still standing. At high point of track obvious ride with ATV track goes up to open fell. Track continues with increasingly difficulty for 500m, then it's heather bashing time. Bit rough but not as bad as had been believed to be, and it had been wet. Aim for the wall / fence to East, through Black Stantling area - not shown on 1:25000, fairly new. Sheep/deer/people track good enough to follow, over Pt 506 its good going, then a bit of bog trot to final slopes in 1.5hrs. Nice views inc Kielder. Back same way out to Long Crag Trig. Descended to Watch Rigg where ride leads to track at 571787, we descended through the Linns though, lovely larches, and came out on track to Crew where its a short stroll to CP.nordicstar01/11/2014
Parked at The Flatt, where the farmer let me park just off the track. Visited Christianbury Crag first, then a hard slog to the summit. Climbed during fierce thunderstorms where I was convinced I would be struck by lightning. By the end of the day I was glad to still be alive.Sprog08/08/2014
Parked just up from Flatt. Followed forest road up to Slaty crag then cut up over rough terrain to the summit. Follow the stone wall and fence! With GB.bolton29/07/2014
Plenty of parking alongside track by cottage at NY56155 78518 Followed forest track to high point just beyond bend at 584796 Up ride to open moor Best to head east across rough mooorland to stone wall Follow wall & then fence (not shown on map) to summit. (PM)gerrybowes29/07/2014
from the Flatt to SW. once out of forest very hard going. Missed the ride on way back which made it worse. Roan Fell in pm much nicerThearlaichdubh02/07/2014
Solo run. Round trip from The Flatt including geocache at Christianbury Crag. Rough underfoot off the tracks.amswanston14/06/2014
Completed this hill in conjunction with Black Knowe starting at Churnsike Lodge. A tough 12 mile round trip but it makes sense to complete these two together.(See notes on Black Knowe)moorsman19/08/2013
With Charles and Jamie. It's not a great hill but I have been on worse. Left car at not unreasonably locked gate at 561785 and followed track to its highest point at 584797, then turned east and quickly onto open hillside. First blueberries of the season. Continued east to stone wall, then followed its course and fence all the way to the summit. Terrain OK. Anyone who must bag the 456m trig on the way down should continue down the open hillside, attempting to re-enter forest will likely be obstructed by fallen trees.Topographer5727/07/2013
with Jamie and Jonathan de Ferrantivegibagger27/07/2013
Arrived at this one from Peel Fell via Scotland! Dry so managed to drive car as far as NY 5841 7962 (touch of Darren Groutage!) Then 45 mins across tough trackless terrain to rocky summit by trig. Extensive views. Took longer down as I entered forest too far N and had to fight to get back on track! Found double gate by house padlocked shut on return but was able to lift one off its hinges to escape in the car!signyred24/06/2013
The least visited English Marilyn. Internation SOTA Cycling weekend so I cycled in from The Loan (Caldslope) - bottom of Kershope Forest. Left bike at quarry NY 587806 walk over tussock moor to top. Nasty barbed wire fence to cross, no stile or gates. Round trip 8.4 miles. Operated ham radio from summit for SOTA. See http://catterblog.blogspot.co.uk/G4OBK (Phil)09/06/2013
Start: The Flatt. Notes: Views to Lakes, Criffel, Solway Firth, Kielder Water, possibly east coast also. Very rough underfoot off the track. 12km 360m ascentraffemeister04/11/2012
USED JOHN KIRK\'S NOTES.STREAM ROUTE FOUND DIFFICULT.Deedubr04/06/2012
Trig revisit. Nice rocky summit; tussocky slog to reach it. Possible to drive in 1mi ENE from Caldslope but no real advantage if combining with Long Crag.RHW19/08/2011
Parked at 560784 by the Flatt (11:25). Bike 1hr through forest to highest pt on road abt 584797 from where path leads 100m through trees to open ground. Best to go E from there to ridge then to top. Rough; no real path. Much rain, no views. Finish 14:35dbb12/08/2011
Followed Lionel Bidwell's route (thanks for the two GRs). Very rough from gap in forest but does improve on reaching fence. Strange rusty plaque fixed in ground near large boulders/rocks just south of summit.David Gradwell29/05/2010
Last English Marilyn. From The Flatt. Very good forest road/track until you enter the open moorland for the last 1.5km or so. Then it is heather no paths. Would be very tricky if it has been wet or winter - hard walking.destaylor02/05/2010
Started from The Flat (NY 5613 7850)and followed track as far as a gap in the forest (NY 5842 7967) and crossed rough ground to summit.Lionel Bidwell23/03/2010
5 hour yomp as James Trail's route with yellow way markers to near Christianbury Crag in dry sunny condition with fierce east wind. Final English Marilyn.Dugswell213/05/2009
SOTA activation. Bike through forest, wet misty day, hard walking through heather, tussocks and decimated forest, I wont be going back!Ian G7KXV14/09/2006
Last 1.5 k was a quite a tough walk through the heather, with no path in sightM0ZZO11/08/2006
petey21/07/2006