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Name:Peel Fell
Hill number:2311
Height:602.7m / 1977ft
Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
Area:The Cheviots
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU)
Catchment:Esk (Gretna), Tyne (Newcastle)
Watershed:Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o'Groats, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Dewey
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,5)
Grid ref:NY 62591 99720
Summit feature:cairn on mound
Drop:197m
Col:406m  NT722073  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 80
(1:25k) OL42W
Observations:highest visible natural feature is flat boulder 7m SE of cairn and this is 0.6m lower than cairn base; ground 210m WNW at NY 62381 99766 is 1.2m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica RX1250
Survey of Deadwater Fell and Peel Fell .pdf
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 166 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
1/2 Marilyn. From layby at start of track near Kittythirst. Forest track to higher ground the short easy escape onto tussocky and deep heather to summit, return same way.N.Morters29/07/2017
From Kittyhurst Cottage. Forestry tracks - Deadwater Fell - Mid Hill - Peel Fell. Descent to Master Grain to pickup a forestry track at 626.987Moorponder09/07/2017
Solo. Deadwater Fell, Mid Fell, Peel Fell & Carlin Tooth. From Kittyhirst Cottage.Dangerous Dave28/04/2017
With Mora. From lay-by near Kittyhirst cottage,return by Deadwater Fell. Head due West from Deadwater Fell to fire break at ny617972. Avoid forest around Master Grain.BLACKHILL01/04/2017
Typical sunny day in Kielder... aka I was soaked just crossing the road to the start of the track near Kittythirst Cottage (convenient free parking opposite entrance to track). A lot of forestry work was happening - they are putting up a deer fence along the forest track. The main path heads back towards Kielder. Once clear of the trees I realised I was heading the wrong way. I also ended up at the quarry near Long Crag... after taking another wrong path. Eventually found a path that led to the one I needed to be on that was hidden by forestry machinery. Anyone else doing this route... you need to take the first left and it is NOT the main path. The weather brightened and things were great until Rushy Knowe, on the Scottish side of the border, they are felling and stripping trees close to the path. There is also a fallen tree blocking the path that is difficult to maneuver around or over. After that things are fine if not a little steep to the top even in high winds (guessing 50mph guNymeria20/02/2017
Convenient parking in layby opposite forestry road NW of Kittythirst Cottage (NY 60832 96437). 2.7 mile route planned straight up and return by same route. Slight detour on ascent by incorrectly sticking to main path and heading for Deadwater Fell, having been seduced by the golf ball/radio station visible off to the right. Error soon corrected returning to planned track by taking alternative forest track heading NE. Returned planned ascent route though do have mixed feelings about not picking off the Dewey Deadwater Fell and the sub-Dewey Mid Fell. But here to do Marilyns and wanted to give myself the chance to complete two remaining Marilyns despite the late start and short daylight hours.SteveSmith19/01/2017
Peel Fell - Mid Fell - Deadwater Fell from NY 60750 96342ronaldo33309/10/2016
3/3 - From Mid Fell. Followed the marked trail to the summit. From there descended down the south-west slope of the hill (this route is not for the faint hearted or for anyone that likes their ankles) to the forest picking up the forestry tracks and skirting round the west of Deadwater Fell back to Kielder.Stormcrow01/10/2016
From track end near Kittythirst all the way to Deadwater Fell and its paraphernalia. From there its was heather bashing to Mid Fell and on to Peel Fell. There is a half decent path down following the border until the track is picked up again. Pleasant walk in good weather.SS17/09/2016
Followed previous advice and parked in layby at NY60836 96423 and then tried to head south and into field and up footpath. Backtracked to parking spot and went up the far more sensible route of the forest track, gaining distance and height easily. When the track swings left and over the river take the second left. The path gets fainter and fainter but eventually pops out of the trees at NY 62340 98976. From there its a straightforward hack up to the top.Father Ted17/04/2016
#565 Section 33 finished, so that is my last Northumberland bog trot done! Bring on Yorkshire ;-)tim74710/03/2016
Deadwater Fell, Mid Fell and Peel Fell. Parked in the layby by Kittyhurst Cottage and went up the forestry tracks to Deadwater Fell. They are easy to follow and match the OS map exactly. From there to Mid Fell and then the weather came in. Luckily there are old metal fence posts marking the way to Peel Fell but I didn't fancy descending off piste so retraced my steps. Nearly 4 hours round trip.clivevilla23/10/2015
Parked at NY 60832 96429. Space for half a dozen cars. Followed forest tracks and eventually a black bike run (Skellys Riggin) to the top of Deadwater Fell.Followed fence on right hand side of track down and crossed the continuation of the track and again followed path across Deadwater Moor to Mid Fell. Continued following path to top of Peel Fell. Then down following the border and eventually through forest back onto track. Followed track back to carpark. Track and path all the way. A bit cold and a bit sqelshy. A good walk.MikeM11/10/2015
A very long walk & joint SOTA activation with Pete M0HQO & Dave G3TQQ. Rough terrain along the border. Then a slog across the moor to the summit.G4OOE07/08/2015
2mFM Radio Activation SB-004. Nice walk.Petem0hqo07/08/2015
started from 604974 border sign path then open field then track to end then through heather to the top.robertphillips07/06/2015
Popped this one off with Brian on our way to Kielder Lake, instead of going to the track end and up the wall dividing England and Scotland where I said there would be a good track, Brian insisted we take the last right turning up a track to the fell side as a more direct route. Once broken through the forest it was a slog through the tussocks and bracken to gain the small escarpment and through the peat bog to the summit cairn. Not enjoyable at all. Descended the much simpler wall/post route down where we should have ascended. Regained forest track simply.Mark T26/05/2015
From Kittythirst to road end at 614988, then marked Kielder Stane route on faint boggy paths via Peel Fell, Mid Fell, to Deadwater FellPeteN01/03/2015
From layby near Kittyhurst walked up through the forest to end of the track at 623989 then rough grass to the summit. Forest walk wasn't as bad as expected as a lot of it has views on one side. Clear and sunny on the summit which has fine views.mindlessflogger30/11/2014
Rick and Jens final English Marilyn with Alan Dawson,Martin Richardson, Rob Woodall,and journalist, Lucy Feltham restarting her A to Z book of of beat British dub n cultures.vegibagger09/11/2014
Half a dozen of us here to celebrate Rick and Jen's final English Marilyn - and Rick's 1200th P100 - double chant duly performed! I drove in from NW on decent forest road (for 2 bonus P30s) leaving a single tussocky half-hour mile to the summit. Alan Dawson GPSing the summit - looking like the cairn, by a small margin from the W summit.RHW09/11/2014
Jen and my final English Marilyn, and my 1200 P100. With Rob W, Charles E, Alan D, Martin R and Lucy F. Usual layby at Kittyhirst, took the track keeping to the left and the burn line. Broke out the trees at end of track to find a good path with yellow markers now set up the wall line starting down in the cleared forest area. This path continues right round to Deadwater and is very straightforward. Not the struggle others have reported. Great cake and whisky party on top also with height measurement by Alan.nordicstar09/11/2014
Third time up, however when there is plentiful malt and cake who needs new ticks?Martin R09/11/2014
First simultaneous survey and English Marilyn completion and 1200th Hump and A-Z letter completion celebration.alda09/11/2014
Parked on layby up from Kittythirst cottage. Followed forest road - cut through trees and then to summit over rough terrain! With GB.bolton29/07/2014
Parked in layby opposite forest track at NY60836 96423 Followed forest track to top of ride at 623989 Up through trees to open moor NNE across very rough moorland to summit. (PM)gerrybowes29/07/2014
pleasant walk from Kittyhurst. Fine hillThearlaichdubh01/07/2014
With Jo, circular walk from Kielder Youth Hostel: forest tracks onto Deadwater Fell, then across easy moorland to Mid Fell and Peel Fell (two tops), descending by border fence and returning along railway track from Deadwater Station. Weather; cloudy with occasional sunny intervals, surprisingly cold on DWF but mild thereafter, good visibility. Good all round views from each top.amblerbob25/06/2014
Left car in layby @ Kittyhurst 1015am and biked up track into trees to NY625987. Started walking across tough, tussocky, pathless terrain @ 1050 and reached obvious top 45 mins later. Good views but decided not to go on round to masts on Deadwater as I hoped to grab Sighty Fell on way home. Descent slightly faster until reaching bike whereupon it was only a 10 min. swoosh back to the car. 2 hrs total.signyred24/06/2013
Used Deadwater Kielder Forest tracks route to Rush KNow very straighforward. Operated ham radio from summit for SOTA. Never saw a soul. Round trip of 7 miles on foot. My bike had a puncture so was left in my car.G4OBK (Phil)09/06/2013
JW Uisdean2506/05/2013
Parked near Kittythirst,followed forest track to 623989 then through the trees on to the fell and on to Peel Fell. On round to Deadwater in mist and sleet then down tgrough the trees by Deadwater Burn at 625983. Different!peebs10/04/2013
From Deadwater Fell. Boggy but ground still part frozen so no problem.Crib Goch05/03/2013
Parked at 623945 and cycled (or pushed) up forest and hillside track for 1 hr to info board at big bend on Deadwater Fell. This is too far; faint track leads from about 628973. Long boggy walk in rain following steel posts to top. Total time 3.5 hrdbb11/08/2011
from deadwtaer fell - very wet but a good path - cycle down from deadwater fell to kielder took 12 minsgigglejon26/03/2010
From Deadwater - excellent walk - path all the way.destaylor10/10/2009
From forest entrance a mile north of Kielder, via Deadwater Fell. Back down along borderagentmancuso04/07/2009
With: hb sb ab; We parked in Deadwater and walked up the forest track through the woods to Deadwater Fell. Then along the ridge to Peel Fell. We returned by the same route.Ian Baines23/05/2009
Climbed on the way back from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.marktrengove13/04/2009
SOTA activationIan G7KXV17/09/2006
petey22/07/2006
A bit of a bog on top!!SJ14/06/2006
Parked near Deadwater, next to 'England / Northumberland' road sign. Track in/out of forest until open hillside reached. Posts with Kielder Stane Walk marked on. Old broken fence to summit cairn on mound.Aye Jimmy13/05/2006
Snowing heavily. Very cold wind on top with minimal views.Adrian12/03/2006
A good wander up track over Deadwater Fell + Mid Fell and onto Pell Fell. Damp.Dugswell209/07/2005
Parked on the minor road between B6357 and Kielder just before Kittythirst cottage. Took the 'Bundle and Go To Kielder Stane Walk' from here to the top of Peel Fell via forest tracks and a path on the border.garyhoney20/11/2004
Straightforward ascent in sunny weather over Deadwater Fell. Descended to visit the Kielder Stone - a remote and pleasant spot.JohnW08/09/2003
Galltywenallt23/08/2003
Struggled across the snow-covered bog through the mist from Deadwater Fell. yorkie12/01/2003
Round of Carlin Tooth, Hartshorn Pike and Peel Fell from Burns bothy.Eddie07/12/2002