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Name:Penshaw Hill
Hill number:16476
Height:136m / 446ft
Parent (Ma):2714  Burnhope Seat
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
County/UA:Sunderland (UA)
Catchment:Wear
Class:Tump (100-199m)
(Tu,1)
Grid ref:NZ 33381 54369
Summit feature:ground 4m S of SW corner of monument
Drop:52m
Col:84m  NZ369530  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 88
(1:25k) 308
Survey:Abney level
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After visiting Seaton Delaval Hall, Lesley and i continued to visit Souter Lighthouse then Washington Old Hall and as this was nearby we made this our last stop-off, parking below with a set of steps leading upto this grand monument. We walked onto the top then i circuited it making sure i got the high point. We headed off to Richmond where we had booked an overnight stay, stopping off for tea at the William Stead, Wetherspoons in Darlington en-route.Dazingdale04/10/2019
Shameful that I lived in Northumberland for nine years and failed to visit this gem, despite seeing it from a distance so many times.It doesn't disappoint at close rangeColin Crawford25/03/2019
Overwhelmed by this superb Theseum style monument- those Victorians knew how to think big. Lovely evening with superb views. Tiny trig dwarfed in comparison. Radical Jack, local MP/ peer and Canadian governor must have been some man. Built 1844 in his memory.Denise 16/03/2019
Path up SE side. Nat. Trust but free. A fine little hill with trig pillar, great views and stunning Theseum like structure visible from afar.RichardM16/03/2019
Have driven past scores of times. Had time today after a walk on the Durham coastCrib Goch05/08/2018
Detour from the Weardale Way (from Chester-le-Street). We were denied access onto the Right of Way from Victoria Viaduct around the side of North Farm by the resident. So had to take another detour pass Low Lambton Farm, then followed the road along the side of Penshaw up to the monument. It was a hot day. We descended across the field via Penshaw North House Farm back onto the Weardale Way and continued on to Roker Park, Sunderland (21 miles in total for the day).NorthernWayfarer24/06/2018
A very impressive building.Campbell Singer22/05/2018
A glorious short evening walk on the way home from Newcastle. Follow the signposts to Penshaw Monument and park on the lane below the stepped path. The floodlight Theseum and the view of Sunderland's and South Shields' lights are magnificent.Nick Down108/02/2018
After25 years of seeing it from a km away on theA19 finally got here on Jamie's18th birthday, though he's down south.vegibagger01/07/2017
Here for the trigpoint. Great place to visit at night as it's all lite up. Brilliant spot.thejackrustles09/06/2017
Parked near the two pubs to the SW. Up track and then FP to top. Good views. Have seen this many times on visits up the A1 to the North east but never visited before.PeterD09/04/2017
Been up a few times previously, but never with 'bagging' in mind. Tough run up from Herrington country park.madaddo17/02/2017
From NZ 335 541.summitsup04/02/2017
Circular walkPreCambrianLife28/12/2016
Illuminated ascent.Dave Geere18/12/2016
Parked on lane then a short steep-ish climb up, half-term holiday so monument full of young families, seems popular!the_adam25/10/2016
What a monster!arranc11/03/2016
Can't be many Tumps with a Parthenon on top. Magnificent ! Took photographs of hill & summit for hill bagging. Can't believe no one else has already. Then into the heart of Sunderland at rush hour for Tunstall Hills & county completion.ngthack25/02/2016
Started on main park place and climbed up next to cows :-). Some teens did mess around :-(. Nice place.Almaver23/02/2016
Grand place to visit. With Oscarcatman20/02/2016
With Catman.oscarrosie20/02/2016
Stunning location even on a damp grey day.Dugswell203/05/2015
The highlight of the day. Almost as big as the parthenon. Up the steps from the old road.GordonAdshead11/03/2015
Parked in lane below monument. Steps lead to top. A grand location with supporting trig.nordicstar19/02/2015
Short walk up from lane to SE. Most impressive, they were certainly making a statement when they built this one! Or been to Greece for their holidays? Trig at the SW end, FB S4124.Aye Jimmy02/01/2015
A hill top that can be seen from most of the NE of England so long views today for a short steep climb up.Walker Dan06/04/2013
Estimated date. Will check and amendIanHHill26/09/2012
On Great North Forest Trail from River Wearafoster01/10/2011
after graduatingtsdw28/06/2011
A superb monument, visible from miles aroundHillsidenick25/10/2010
Up from lane off main road to monumentBramley20/07/2009
RHW15/10/2005
Odd place.agentmancuso19/07/2005
Unsure of the precise date but climbed it with my youngsters when they were children.moorsman09/09/1999
climbed tens of times with SR, family and friends and dogFrankblank
Alan Caine16/09/2019
mini bagger 21/04/2019
Ben Rinnes20/04/2019
Dusty16/09/2018
mae25/07/2018
Alex C13/04/2018
holtsd30/09/2017
Martin R25/04/2017
carole engel31/03/2017
andrew brown23/03/2016
andy elliott01/03/2016
amcvey06/08/2015
maknipe11/01/2015
Lucky11/01/2015
asbown09/09/2014