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Name:Peel Fell
Hill number:2311
Height:602.7m / 1977ft
RHB Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Cheviots
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Gretna), Tyne (Newcastle)
Watershed:Tynemouth, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Solway Firth, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Dewey, Yeaman,
Grid ref:NY 62591 99720
Summit feature:cairn on mound
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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This being a local Marilyn to me, its about the 4th time I've been up here in about 30 years. Since the last time the paths have all changed with a lot more mountain biking trails (you could now do this by a walk/mountain bike combo if you are so inclined). Parked at Kielder Castle and followed the Deadwater Fell (orange with white arrow signs) to the top of Deadwater Fell. Then followed the Kielder Stanes route across the ridge from Deadwater Fell, picking up the path at the edge of the fence onto the ridge and following the stakes/ signs, there is a path all the way although there's a bit of bog hopping in parts. (Note this whole route used to be marked all the way from the Kielder Castle car park but it isn't any more), the first part is replaced with the Deadwater Fell signs however the waymarkers still exist on the Fell. From the summit followed the Kielder Stanes route (marked on the 1:25000 OL map but not on the 1:50000 (at least not on my version) at first down along the BordeJulieB04/01/2020
From Kielder, and also took in Deadwater Fell via the Forestry paths. With Laura, Housechild, Vicky, Mark, Hannah, James and Jon.Grinner28/12/2019
Usual parking - dirt layby N of Kittythirst Cott (NY 6085 9641). Good forest road to Rushy Knowe, could have easily driven it, then waymarked FP to the top. Continued on to Mid and Deadwater Fells. Returned to start from Deadwater on comms site access road to NY 6212 9566, whence continued on to meet my outward track at NY 6087 9699. All in all, a very civilized 9 miles.jonglew09/09/2019
From layby north of Kittyhirst Cottage as others. At end of track at Rushy Knowe the trees are felled and theres a faint but easy path diagonally uphill to boundary wall. Theres a sign at the wall for this path so hopefully it will be preserved when new trees are planted. Path to summit is on Scottush side. Peel Fell, Mid Fell, Deadwater Fell. Faint path across moor.ijpowell01/08/2019
Round of 3 from layby at start of foresty road just north of Kittythirst cottage. Forest roads to Rushy Knowe then path beside wall up to Peel Fell. Then followed path beside old metal fence posts south eastish before they dog legged to the summit of Mid Fell. Path then to Deadwater Fell and return along forest roads.mart079701/07/2019
From Deadwater no timber stacks remain but fostery signage still on display. NE track from 617987 goes to within 100m on open ground which is tussock grass & heather with foot swallowing holes.rogreeves18/04/2019
3rd of 4 Marilyns today. Bike from 608964. Lots of forestry work so looks different to map. Left bikes at 621985 but forestry forced us to take cross country route to top which was very hard underfoot. Able to come back on decent path to Rishy Knowe. This area is felled. With GNtrimarc227/03/2019
Kielder Castle via Deadwater Fell.solitaryfellwanderer09/02/2019
From SE of Deadwater via forest tracks to Rushy Knowe. Path up SW ridge now accessible, although there is still a lot of timber to be trucked out.PGCE26/12/2018
From SE of Deadwater via forest tracks to Rushy Knowe. Intended to follow path up SW ridge, but due to forestry work had to divert via via forest track at 622989. Direct route to summit is very tussocky and slow. On return used ridge path to edge of forest then walked east along its northern edge to regain the forest track.Winterfloodian19/10/2018
Dog leg forestry track route from SE of Deadwater to Rushy Knowe then marked path up SW ridge. A more direct route back from Rushy Knowe to Deadwater worked out badly. The grass is long, the ground is uneven, there are barbed fences and the RoW shown on the map has no physical presence whatsoever.Topographer5724/09/2018
Parked at 608964 and walked up forest road to the East of Deadwater Burn. At road end 614989 an obvious track through trees leads to open hill and waymarked path up the Scottish side of the old border wall. Signs say Kielder Stane Walk. Very windy at summit with wet driving drizzle so quickly back down to the shelter of the trees. 2.25 hours, 9.1k .NormanW18/09/2018
Parked opposite end of track where it meets road at NY608964. Cycled along tracks to NY617987. Continued East up track to nearest edge of forest plantation. Then direct route through trees and onwards to top across horrendous tussocky, heathery, boggy sh1t.raffemeister16/09/2018
From Kittythirst near to Keilder water visitor centre. Up forest track and out onto open hill along the Scottish English Border. Felt like Reivers!nickywood105/08/2018
From Deadwater followed by Mid Fell and Deadwater Fell.Clach Liath19/07/2018
Walked from Deadwater, visited the North Tyne source pillar at the beginning of the walk, walked up Border line wall to top off Peel Fell then onto the Kielder Stane, retraced route back to car, lovely day to start with but that didnt last.alanm909/05/2018
Kielder to Deadwater Burn via MTB, Deadwater Burn to ridge, to summit, to Mid Fell, to Black Cleugh, to Deadwater Burn Hot & Sunnybutteryhaugh06/05/2018
With K following route described below from Kittythirst; definitely the easiest way. Navigation simpler than anticipated. Snow around; very windy on top.Ashley31/12/2017
From Kittythirst. It's really easy to follow the forest road straight up the hill, then continue round the right angled bend all the way to a turning area. Continue straight on a grassy track, which runs out in a short section of forestry, but fear not, there is an easy path through the trees. The deadfall at the end is rotting nicely and easy to cross. There's a clear but narrow path along the border wall all the way up the hill, and it's fairly easy going even across the summit bogs. Good views and an effective place for a national border. Hills and bogs would keep the Scots out and the English in and vice versa.Gill06/10/2017
From pull in by D/w farm. A simple enough start.. top of Forestry I took the ride after the Master Grain ride which was fine until I emerged on the open fell. Cue thigh deep heather and grass. I laboured over to the border where a path follows the row of old posts. Top is pretty squelchy but not half as bad as feared. 90mins from car to cairn. Was going to return the same way but talked myself into visiting the next two tops too instead.stig_nest13/09/2017
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
On walk form Kielder with KatyPilch08/04/2017
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 guNorthernWayfarer20/02/2017
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
With: ib sb ab; Helen Baines23/05/2009
Climbed on the way back from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.Man of Kernow113/04/2009
SOTA activationIan G7KXV17/09/2006
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
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
My last Marilyn in England. In shorts for third day. On forest tracks to top of Deadwater Fell at 10.30. Dry well made path across the moor. Pile of stones at Mid Fell. 11.00. Another 1 1/2 miles past Raven's Cross to the top - neat cairn on upsurge in moor. 11.30. Surprised to find a marshall for a fell race at the summit. He took my photograph.arranc06/08/2000
Weekend cycling the Reivers Way with Lesley & Rob from Newcastle to Carlisle with o/night at Bellingham YH. I left the others to carry on whilst I hid my bike and did a circuit over Deadwater Fell and Peel Fell then cycled the remaining 40 miles to Carlisle to rejoin the others (staying in Uni rooms -used as YH in summer)Chris Pearson30/08/1998
Kielder Dewey bagging: from 1km N of Kielder village 623946 - Deadwater Fell - Peel Fell (boggy track; En/Scot border) - Carlin Tooth - Carter Fell - Wool Meath - Monkside - Kielder. RHW02/01/1998
Exact date unknown. Freezing weather. Started at Kielder Castle.Jhimmy01/02/1997
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