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Name:Housedon Hill
Hill number:2318
Height:266m / 873ft
Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m)
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2)
Grid ref:NT 90218 32709
Summit feature:small cairn
Drop:182m
Col:84m  NT855345  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 74 75
(1:25k) 339E
Observations:cairn on top 200m N at NT 90215 32912 is about 1m lower
Survey:Abney level
Survey of Housedon Hill (final).doc
Comments:See Database Notes.
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Parked at the gate to the 'bothy' at Reedsford, after the signs for the carpark said it was private for estate use only. Followed the public footpath off to the side of the 'bothy' and then the fence pass the gorse. The ascent from the West side was very steep and I had to zigzag my way to the top, eventually ascending from the South side via the false summit. At the top I found the remains of the small cairn and attempted to restore it (I don't have GPS and had to go from my map - so if it is off, please correct), although I think the landowner will probably remove it again. Went to the alternative summit by the wood and there were remains of another broken cairn in the wood on the wrong side of a new looking fence. The views were fantastic, snow on the Cheviot and the Eildon Hills in the far west were visible.Nymeria07/02/2017
Along footpath from Reedsford then northeast along fence line and across open access ground to do both summits just to be sure.Canny28/10/2016
From end of the road. Made a short round of it with Kypie and Coldside Hills.jonglew15/10/2016
Quick lunch up and down from Road west of Reedsford, over Homilton Hill in search of the elusive cow pat...of which there were many. Great views to Cheviot and north on a warm Sept dayN.Morters06/09/2016
From end of road, follow track (not ROW) uphill. After about 400m, go through gate on right into access land. Straight up from there avoids the gorse.PGCE24/05/2016
in sleet.no views, on ownDenise 29/04/2016
#561. Parking are churned up by plant doing some pipe works. 'Small cairn' is the 2 stones next to the large cow-pat!tim74709/03/2016
testcolesadam23/02/2016
With Gina. 100th English Marilyn. Parked at end of public road at Reedsford NT 89452 32401. Through gate along footpath and on to access land, then east up steep bank to summit. Very windy on summit but lovely and clear all round. No sign of small cairn at NT 90218 32709, possible alternative summit near fence at NT 90211 32906.SteveSmith10/12/2015
With SteveGinaSmith10/12/2015
Very pleasant 2 hour circular from Reedsford: Housedon Hill, Kypie Hill, and Coldside Hill. Mostly on RoWs and Access Land, but see note for Kypie Hill. Return route from Crookhouse difficult. FP was very overgrown with broom and bracken.Crib Goch10/10/2015
2mFM Radio Activation SB-010. Hard to activate on VHF.Petem0hqo21/08/2015
So windy that I could hardly stand on the small summit plateau. Very good visibility though.Peterb09/03/2015
from end of the public road at reedsford.robertphillips16/01/2015
Plenty of parking by the gate alongside the rough track about 150m beyond the cottages Though gate and up track Left track through gate & headed up steep slopes to very small summit cairn (2 small rocks). (PM)gerrybowes05/01/2015
From Reedsford and ascended up the south west slope. Spoke to the gamekeeper who requests walkers park beyond the white cottage and farm buildings. Plenty of space for parking further along beyond the bend where the uphill track starts.bolton05/01/2015
With George, short little walk, there is a cairn on the other side of the barbed wired fence but that is definitely lower.tallblond08/11/2014
From the car park in Reedsford - straightforward walk, but not easy to find the exact summit in the very strong winds, which made standing up difficult at times! As well as the stated GR (just a couple of stones on the ground) also visited the small cairn just over the fence into the woodland, which seemed higher, and every other nearby grassy hummock, just to be sure!martin_hall21/10/2014
Parked at Reedsford, then took right of way into access land. I then went steeply straight up to the summit.Sprog11/08/2014
easy from Redesford carparkThearlaichdubh04/07/2014
Parked at West Newton. Crossed over river Glen and followed the ROW on the east side to Cannon Mill. The ROW up to Crookhouse was completely over grown with six foot high bracken so we had to jungle bash up. Much complaining was heard from Mrs Mindlessflogger who couldn't see over it. Followed ROW north and then went round the back of the woods and up to the top. Returned the same way but followed the track to Lanton Mill to avoid the undergrowth. Found a 'do not park here' sign on car back at Westnewton so the locals don't like strangers parking on the public highway (or have got nothing better to do).mindlessflogger03/08/2013
Grid ref 90218 32709 is for the high knoll about 50 yards from the fence so does not match the photo. I had no equipment with me and both points look the same to the naked eye.clivevilla01/07/2013
With friend Nick (G4OOE) from Reedsford (Car Park signposted near cottages). Excellent little summit surrounded by bigger fells.G4OBK (Phil)07/06/2013
Phil G4OBK and I did this one in the afternoon after doing The Cheviot in the morningG4OOE07/06/2013
W Jenx, parked in the signed Car Park at Reedsford, first farm building before track degrades. NB at time of ascent footbridge onto other side of river is gone, washed away. Go thru gate then up hillside on rough track. At higher gate cut onto hill and climbed steeply to South top. Snow deep by now, fierce icy wind/spindrift. No cairn just iced snow surface. Stumbled onto fence line and North top before dropping into lee of hill and back to car with same track used to ascend.nordicstar23/03/2013
3rd/5 for day around the Cheviot. A nice one, cloudless sky and air surprisingly warm, car thermometer showed +12C at Redesford.Viewfinder27/02/2013
From Reedsford. Plenty of parking, as noted previously. Great views of Cheviot up the College Valley.amswanston08/10/2012
Lovely grassy hill with great views. Parked at Westnewton car park, climbed via Crookhouse & followed steep track at forest edge through new access gates. Saw fox on top of hill :)Jackson03/06/2012
Nice dayandying15/01/2012
Parked in Howtel and took farm track. Then through fields through gates. Skirted woodland at top; summit is well clear of wood at S end of plateau. No flies and no cows.dbb10/08/2011
From Reedsford. Plenty of parking. Good walk.destaylor09/10/2009
I took the route in from the north parking at West Flodden and following the footpath most of the way and then around the wood for the last part.Father Ted15/10/2008
Climbed after a business trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.marktrengove18/07/2007
Steep climb up from Reedsford Farm.andy04/11/2006
SOTA activationIan G7KXV20/09/2006
Small cairn / highest point is actually on edge of wood, not in it as shown on my map. Had to navigate past several big bulls to get to summit and due to **** navigation I actually climbed it's sister top first!signyred15/08/2006
petey23/07/2006
From Reedsford. There is a small cairn between fence and wood, about the only thing of note.Aye Jimmy21/05/2006
No problems of access from HowtelSJ10/05/2006
Walked in from West Flodden using the rights of way until within striking distance of the top.garyhoney01/01/2006
parked at West Flodden and followed path southwards. many cattle in fields. Not sure where the top was exactly, but the number of flies made my decision quickly ;-)Jhimmy07/08/2005
Done with Ros Hill and The Cheviot.Dugswell207/05/2005
The most northerly English marilyn - Parked near Canno Mill - using the bridge over the river - then up the grassy slopes to this airy top.chinnock14/02/2005
Afternoon ascent from the south.JohnW27/03/2004
Wet grass and thistles from Canno Farm and back.Eddie27/06/2003
Approached from Westnewton to the south as I couldn't find a suitable parking space to the north. yorkie17/11/2002
Galltywenallt23/06/2002
Farm track uphill through 2 gates skirting wood to grassy flat dome and 2 points contending for the top. 11.00.arranc05/08/2000
good tk then steep grass, summit at forest edge, pleasant hill. park just N of reedsford @ 892327, track via reedsford RHW10/09/1999
With Lesley on way back to Sheffield after Edinburgh Festival. From SE some private signs. Just after we left the deserted summit another walker (bagger?) wearing big mountain boots appeared and strode purposefully up to and sat down at the top. Gordon was that you ? Then to Ros Hill.Chris Pearson25/08/1997