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Name:Burnhope Seat
Hill number:2714
Height:747m / 2451ft
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Tees, Catchment Boundaries, Tyne (Newcastle)
Watershed:Tynemouth, Tees Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:NY 78445 37561
Summit feature:grassy mound
Col:557m  NY752350  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:mound is c 0.2m higher than cairn on knoll 75m NW at NY 78403 37624 and at least 1.5m higher than trig point 350m E at NY 78789 37537
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Nuttalls book gives the trig point at NY788375 (hill 8036) which is Durham historic county top. See Database Notes.
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from Nenthead via Dead Stones. Views included Blencathra and Skiddaw, the North York Moors and The Cheviot!! My last Pennine Marilyn.IanHHill03/08/2020
Came from Harwood Common in a strong Wind from the west. Had lunch sheltered by the peat hags close to the fence. Then it started to rain, followed the fence down to the boundary stone then over a stile and followed The path alongside the fence up to trig point. Straightforward but boggy. Decided to go down to the road via the ski club as the mist had descended, but the area on top (supposedly the highest point of the hill) was very wet, despite it being summer and not much rain recently. Had to carefully work way across, frequently backtracking when the standing water got too deep. This was by far the wettest part of any of the walks we had done in the area. No sign of the county top, is so boggy I expect stones would sink. Or is the county top over the fence? It seems strange that the 1:50000 map shows 2 summits, the 1:25000 only shows one, I suspect because the location is too hard to find!Malcvolm26/07/2020
Walked up lane from Ireshopeburn to join Nuttalls route 10:1 to Three Pikes, Great Stony Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat and Dead Stones.dgresty21/07/2020
From Burnhope Reservoir along grouse track to Sallygrain Head. Then fence to summit (easy to do Deadstones if you want but already did it in January). A lot of peat hags to contend with. There are pallets on the other side of the fence but broken - stand on the support blocks between the wood. Left the summit by following fence to summit of Harwood CommonNorthernWayfarer20/06/2020
On nordic skisPete Pozman05/03/2020
Started from the lay-by on B6277 by Yad Moss Ski Tow. No clear path. Very very boggy.DJWan29/12/2019
Parking area at bottom of ski slope. Up past ski lift to BurnhopeSeat trig. Then out and back to Harwood Common and out and back to Dead Stones and Nags Head. Lots of boggy ground, peat hags and tussocks. Made sure of Burnhope Seat on return and the cairn. Some views over to Cross and tghe Dun fells but hazy. Bit of a slog.mart079725/07/2019
As per Nuttalls' 10.1 minus Three Pikes. Lovely clear day and vey dry underfoot. Just as well as it looks as though this top could get pretty squelchy in less ideal conditions.milimana23/05/2019
Straight up from Yad MossGordy17/05/2019
Quick route via Had Moss ski slopesghullgd15/05/2019
Parked below ski tow, then short walk to summit. Did the trig and also the small cairn on way. Just in case. Company: Soloiandesbottes13/05/2019
Done on a walk from burnhope reservoir visiting the tops of great stony hill, burnhope seat and dead stones. True summit about 200m north over the fence from the trigpoint.Brunshaw13/04/2019
From the cattle grid at the County boundary. After the summit arrived at the trig at exactly the same time as fellow bangers and enjoyed a long conversation. Made the hill so much more enjoyable as a result.NormanW27/02/2019
From Burnhope Reservoir, Nuttalls route without Three Pikes. Sunny but very wet underfootGary Heath17/02/2019
From local road, no tracks or paths but ground mostly OK. Generally sunny but intermittent fog coming in on strong and cold NW wind.Topographer5709/12/2018
Yad Moss > Burnhope Seat > Burnhope Seat trig from GR: NY 77153 37663ronaldo33315/09/2018
Yad Moss > Burnhope Seat > Burnhope Seat trig from GR: NY 77153 37663Hippster15/09/2018
Reached from the pull in area where the border fence reaches the B6277 and used fence as a hand rail first visiting the trig county top of Durham then over to the summit returned same way in two hours.WAYNE ROWLETT04/08/2018
10 mile walk from Ashgill Bridge, down to lovely waterfall then along river S. Tyne to Tynehead farm, took footpath up then ascended Burnhope Seat to road then through ski tows to featureless summit and after trig, followed ridge to Dead Stones then along to Nags Head rise, descended to Perrys dam and picked up quarry track, rough route across to Flinty Fell, from there headed back to quarry track then barely used footpath back to Ashgill Bridge. Great sunny day with breeze and great views, at the moment very easy to walk because all bogs are dry, would hate to do this walk after a lot of rain.DanTrig29/06/2018
Yad Moss to Killhope Cross with Joe.John Lee13/06/2018
Nuttal routeSlash312/05/2018
CW circuit of Flinty Fell, Nags Head, Dead Stones & Burnhope Seat, starting from Ashgill Bridge - fine weather - a bit too hot!ger06/05/2018
Circuit from the reservoir.tomd427/04/2018
With K from cattle grid on county boundary to south.Ashley22/04/2018
DR Nordic-SkiingVin08/03/2018
Walk up from the road via ski liftsjmistry8631/01/2018
From Crookburn Bridge via Harwood Common. Sunny with soft snow but no bogs!Winterfloodian07/01/2018
From B6277, parking by quarry N of Darngill Bridge. Rough heather moorland; boggy, particularly when transferring across to the trig.jonglew06/12/2017
. I found the foot of Burnhope Seat with some difficulty and started the walk from Darngill Bridge. There was a stunning view of Cross Fell and the Dun Fells from the cairn shortly before the ground began to level out. The Nuttalls have the summit as the trig point, but in fact it is on some higher ground on the other side of the fence, the mound being marked with a pile of stones. Getting there was painfully slow, with many blind alleys caused by wet ground.peter4lc27/10/2017
With E. From small lay-by on B6277 next to MS (NY7749236407) across open moor to trig point then onto grassy mound and Burnhope Seat summit other side of fence. Return same route.Beeliner06/10/2017
Parked up at head of Weardale valley on A689 and ran here. Trig didn't look to be at the highest point, so plodded 50+ yards over to the point that looked higher also (with a couple of stones there, so clearly other people had the same thoughts).madaddo16/07/2017
Solo. Parked at a lay-by on the B6277 below a ski tow. Then followed the line of the ski tow and then a fence to trig point. Then back along other side of same fence to county top which is marked by a small but noticeable cairn.ADT09/07/2017
A purgatorial Pennine plod in heavy rain, fog and cold wind, the circuit from Burnhope reservoir. Up the path from Stripe Head, across the moor to an ATV track leading to Highwatch Currick, along the wall and then the fence. A bit of path, but numerous bogs and hags to avoid. Brief respite from the weather at the Dead Stones hut, then struck out across peat bogs and hags to Burnhope Seat. A brief section on wooden pallets at the most gruesome section avoids drowning. Found the trig and the top, then through interminable bogs to the delightfully dry and hag-free Great Stony Hill, the best top of the day. There's a fence all the way, contrary to the map, so navigation is dead easy. One last massive bog and then an easy descent on the track.Gill29/06/2017
Walked up by side of county boundary fence from B6277, using landrover tracks/ channels in peat- it was so dry walking up the hags was pleasant. With a strong E wind I walked right by a Golden Plover's nest and was noticed at the last second- 4 eggs, first time I've seen a nest- hurried away to trig pt, then summit. met a self-professed Ma bagger on top. Then back via Great Stony Fell, the top of Harwood Dale- mining interest, lots of moorland birds- a black grouse and lapwings in abundance- and Spitey Tongue. A good walk (over 4h inc rests, etc). Cloud blowing away, already off summits when I started.pwheeler06/05/2017
Super weather - good views - approached from NY808354 (near cattle grid). Went on to Great Stony Hill.ger23/04/2017
Ticked off the cairn 2 years after my last visit. Beautiful day, part of a pennines round. Solo.Tom D07/04/2017
From parking area at the Cumbria/Durham border on the A689. Very boggy in patches, pallets laid on the Cumbrian side of the border proved very useful. Summit near impossible to identify, found a small cairn and stood on anything that looked like it could be higher nearby.muzza206/04/2017
Started at Burnhope Resorvoir parking on the NE end of dam. Walked along N side of resorvoir to the far western end. Took track leading up the hill side to Green Laws and Highwatch Currick. Battled with into the wind to Dead Stones and into the low cloud. Welcome stop in the shelter on Dead Stones before continuing to south to Burnhope Seat, Scraith Head, Harwood Common, Scaud Hill finishing on Great Stony Hill. I returned via the rough track down to Grasshill Causeway and the resorvoir.axe.stephen19/02/2017
From Crookburn Bridge with Sue to trig and then pile of stones for summit.Frank06/10/2016
Revisit to bag the actual summit (only did the trig point the first time). Parked in lay-by near Darngill Bridge at NY774371. Track to right of quarry, but it soon disappears.webmaster02/10/2016
On way back from Mickle Fell. Up from cattle grid at entrance to Teesdale.Danmawr07/08/2016
MC Alone from ski tow. Very hot. 55 mins up and down Inc trig point.Martin6619/07/2016
parked opp quarry at bend in road quick up and down.robertphillips27/06/2016
1/5 First of warm, sunny day in Yorkshire (Burnhope Seat/Burnhope Seat (trig Point)/Harwood Common/Nab Hill/Soil Hill)Fergalh05/06/2016
Followed county boundary from Yad Moss in thick mist. From Trig point followed GPS to locate top. Continued to Dead Stones.Bheinn04/06/2016
Walked on my own from Burnhope Reservoir. Glorious Spring sunshine and a pleasant breeze. Didn't see a soul up here but wide ranging views and plenty of birds for company. There are a lot of peat bogs and mossy bogs too which make it quite hard going at times. Good fences make route finding easy on this walk.flockwatcher20/04/2016
2mFM radio activation. NP-003.Petem0hqo14/04/2016
#574 Up the ski tow, then a boggy wander about visiting the Trig and several potential summits for a tamper proof bag.tim74711/04/2016
B6277 (by Crook Burn) - Yad Moss (still with occasional banks of snow - cloudy but a halo of light picks out Great/Little Dun fells to the West) - Scaith Head (a peaty morass) - trig (but not the summit! getting used to this web site now) - Spied summit approx. 200m away (small stone cairn marks top) - checked out the ski tow (looks odd and out of place with no snow)- back to trig the descend following Crook Burn (summit disappears as we reach the B6277).briandavies19/03/2016