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Name:Hightown Hill
Hill number:1797
Height:250m / 820ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Lochar, Annan, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,Y)
Grid ref:NY 03585 83539
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:162m
Col:88m  NY025846  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 78
(1:25k) 322S
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 169 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Straightforward walk from Hightown farm houses, although cows surrounding the summit Trig made it look a little surreal.summitter06/09/2019
With MN. Asked to park at farm. Permission readily given although the view was expressed that we were mad, especially as it was raining hard. Easy hill.trimarc222/08/2018
From between Shieldhill and Trailflat up track to Pinnacle Hill then on to Hightown Hill (2 x bwf). Saw farmer and no issues.SS29/06/2018
Asked if ok to park by houses NY03085 84523, easy walkG0HIO06/05/2018
Round of the Hightown Tumps from HightownColin Crawford12/12/2017
Last hill of the day, and very enjoyable up the frozen track from Hightown, and then grass to the top. Great sunset views. Good parking on grass verges above the farm.Gill10/12/2017
Not really enough space o/s Hightown Farm so managed to squeeze in space off road w/o blocking field entrance NY 03044 83816. Less than 1 mile straight up from road past Hightown Farm up bridleway. Return more or less same direction but more direct.SteveSmith23/11/2017
Solo. Parked at start of track at NY041850. Along track SW and up pasture to summit of Pinnacle Hill. On to trig point at summit of Hightown Hill through a gate and over two walls. OS 1:25,000 map has name Tomshield near the trig point so it looks as though Tomshield is the name of the top and Hightown Hill the name of the wider hill. Continued to White Hill. Good views from top. Weather dry and bright, but rather cold.pwbellarby12/11/2017
From NY041850, circuit of Pinnacle Hill, Hightown Hill & White Hill with Alex C.Tony J12/06/2017
Straightforward circuit from the north alongside Tony J with just a few wall crossings and a stroll back along the lane.Alex C12/06/2017
2nd before 9am early morning short 20/25min run, earlier up Sea Morris Hill. Parked in dip below the farm like others. Took track from the farm then over short grassy field to summit. Misty low cloud, saw nothing.N.Morters30/03/2017
Parked north below Hightown Farm, just down the hill by a gate. Easy walk up track. Also bagged Black Hill and White Hill (fort)- I wonder why this isn't a separate Tump? Solo.Dangerous Dave13/11/2016
7.30 on a Sunday morning, no activity at the farm so I parked between the driveway and the gate. Less than 25 minutes up and down, no problems.Owen B06/11/2016
Repeat w Jenx from the West, parked in dip below the farm, room to get off road by the gate. Simple walk across firld to a second gate then diretc line to trig. Better views than last time.nordicstar15/10/2016
Very easy through the fields and gates.jenx15/10/2016
Climbed from NY040850 via Pinnacle Hill and strips of woodland.Chris Peart26/07/2016
Fitted in on drive from Cluanie Inn to Warwick. Enough space to park at Howtown, from where a track gave access without having to climb any fences. Pleasant pasture slopes and a grand all round view; great way to take a half hour break.pwheeler25/06/2016
Solo. Parked at NY042849 and up E of Pinnacle HillUisdean2525/03/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac03/02/2016
With Liz, parked just north of farm, room for one car.parlick27/10/2015
On a previous attempt the farmer asked me not to ascend from Hightown, so on this occasion I approached from the east, parking at NY048 838. First walked south along the track, then west to the south of Bankhead Glen and on to the top. Returned by walking NE and joining the non-existent path marked on the map, and then the track back to the start. At least one fence to climb.martin_hall25/09/2015
A 25 minute cowfestGmacT15/08/2015
Parked at the layby just north of Hightown Farm. A short walk of around 30 minutes return to a top with a great view. With GB.bolton19/03/2015
Parked at side of gate a short distance N. of Hightown Back up road to Hightown, through gate & up E. ridge to trig point. (PM)gerrybowes19/03/2015
parked at hightown farm, followed track and open hillside up to the top.robertphillips09/11/2014
From layby with sign to 'View Hill Pinnacle' over the fort and across fields to top.Walked back on road from Hightown Farm.neimcv24/09/2014
This provided a suitable break in the drive on the way back to Coventry from a climb up Ben More in Scotland. I asked permission to climb this one at the farm as I was not sure of the etiquette of walking off piste in Scotland. Was warned that the cattle are fierce but they were fine.Father Ted21/06/2014
From the west. Wee detour off the M74 en route to London.AndrewFinnimore22/11/2013
20 minute stroll up and down from near the farm. more effort to write this than to climb itThearlaichdubh26/10/2013
W Jenx, as Mattmcv. Had to jump one wall w barbed wire but straightforward. Easy climb to top on freezing but clear day. great distant views. Continued onto hill fort, same height (250m) on altimeter, watch for the electrified wire on fence! back to farm on muddy wet track and down frozen road to start.nordicstar02/12/2012
and revisit on 29/12/2016cjo25/03/2012
Parked a some yards down the hill to the North of Hightown Farm. A lane from the farm leads to grassy slopes and the top. A "fort" to the South looks to be the same height, so I went there too. It looks the same height from the fort as well.maknipe23/09/2011
Parked at South Cowshaws juntion, walked halfway to Hightown and through gate into field. Through gate at tope of field and onto the summit, great views of approaching thunder storm!mattmcv17/07/2011
Easy ascent from west side with AT and JdF. A pleasant hill.Man of Kernow125/06/2011
Sensible parking is not possible at Hightown, best place is probably a short distance to the north, then walk to Hightown and east along track onto open hillside.Topographer5725/06/2011
From Bankhead farm, parked on road without blocking it. Partly sunny, warm but sharp wind. Walked the fort also.iangalbraith12/04/2011
Parked at the farm and then followed track up. When so far up, cut off left and climbed upto trig point. Soft and muddy at bottom but no other difficult terrain.biggaz77731/03/2011
joged after the criffel racetom smith20/03/2011
after Criffel hill race, foggy up top.josie20/03/2011
AlanGlenford06/03/2011
Parked at junction to S Cowshaws, then went up to Hightown Farm and thro gate to access hill. Very good views, sunny with clouds. Met and spoke to farmer who rents the land who is happy with this method of access. Not happy with dogs if off lead.Dugswell208/06/2009
From Hightown to W. Pleasant pastoral outlook.Aye Jimmy03/02/2009
Handy parking at the start of the road to S.Cowshaws. Don't go in the first gate though, you'll run into barbed-wire trouble. Next one south is fine.agentmancuso08/12/2007
Parked at approx: NY041850. Unable to find a parking space near Hightown. Found a layby at above location and followed a track onto the north end of the hill. Had to cross a field of cattle and climb a barbed wire wall. Must be an easier way! Nice Hill thJhimmy08/10/2006
with Jamievegibagger14/05/2006
Revisit, pasture, fine summit & viewRHW13/11/2005
Operated ham radio from summit making 8 contacts.G4OBK (Phil)21/06/2005
With Phil (G4OBK)judy55cat21/06/2005
Straightforward ascent from Hightown Farm after a nearby orienteering event.JohnW16/05/2004
From Bankhead. 600' up on farm road and bridal path through forest fringe and up on steep slopes to cross a fallen stone wall to grassy hillocks and trig at 12.00. Hail on descent.arranc29/10/2000