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Name:Housedon Hill
Hill number:2318
Height:268m / 879ft
RHB Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
Grid ref:NT 90218 32709
Summit feature:small cairn
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
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 210 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With K. Parked with no difficulty at end o yellow road at Reedsford and proceeded up track and across access land. Steep.Ashley11/08/2019
Large parking area just east of Reedsford, by the footbridge (alt 67m). Continue round the back of Househaugh as far as the open access field from where a stiff climb leads you to the summit.moorsman01/08/2019
Parked in layby on B6351 then got onto hills via Cannon Mill. Did Coldside Hill no problem then dropped down to ROW and did Kypie Hill via small wood to SE. As i was coming down to col prior to Housedon Hill i was cut off by a man in a Toyota pick up. (Landowner/farmer) who had obviously seen me and who went out of his way to track me down. He wasnt rude but did say i wasnt 'allowed' to just wander anywhere i want and asked me what i was looking for! When i told him was heading for Housedon Hill he didnt like it but at least he didnt try to stop me. So thankfully an awkward situation was avoided. Although he was rather less than friendly. He did say that was getting fed up of walkers not keeping to ROW. Maybe he just doesnt want folk to see the illegal bird of prey traps that he has set out!thenomad09/05/2019
Housedon Hill, Kypie Hill and Coldside Hill from Reedsford. Followed the grassy track between Homilton Hill and Housedon Hill, which turned into a cow path, so headed straight to the summit. Avoiding amorous cows was the theme for the rest of the walk, returning via Crookhouse.summitter23/03/2019
Solo trip. Extremely windy.Invicta1407/10/2018
From Reedsford on the way back from Shillhopr Law.45mins.NormanW20/09/2018
Round of Coldside, Kypie and Housedon hills from Westnewton car park. Second visit to this MarilynColin Crawford18/09/2018
Parked at Reedsford. Walked up track opposite footbridge to gain access to open ground on West side of hill.raffemeister14/09/2018
Short walk down to river from road, over the bridge by old millhouse. Then footpath rather eroded so we worked up the side of field with cows and then worked across left to pick up footpath into small valley to East of the hill, then chose a line up hill just before woodland. Easy enough. Sat on top watching gliders!nickywood105/08/2018
From layby near The Cottage, to south. Set off 8.30pm, back 9.45pm. Fine, warm. Freed stuck sheep. Rounsfell22/07/2018
From a layby on the B road, down through woodland to the cottage then up this rather steep hill. Great views but lots of flies and sheep!twg2718/07/2018
Started at The Cottage and crossed river at new footbridge. Took track up prior to access land to above col and approached from north. Dropped west just after the summit on atv track.SS11/06/2018
From ReedsfordBLACKHILL08/04/2018
Parked at Reedsford beside large digger. Its currently a building site. On a Friday afternoon a time when most builders frequent pubs so got away with it.rogreeves13/10/2017
A superb hill. Very helpful owner directed me to a parking place at Reedsford. Along the footpath and up the access land, following cattle tracks through the gorse and then straight up the hill. Bagged both bumps just to be on the safe side. Truly outstanding views.Gill05/10/2017
From the bothy, Reedsford -theres loads of roadside parking. Lots of building work. A straightforward blast which looked worse tgan it was and as such took under25mins to summit. Superb view into the Northern aspect of the Cheviots. Still no sign of the promised rain! Last of 4 Marilyns todaystig_nest12/09/2017
Parked at Reedsford: route initially via ROW to ESE, then up steep field on open access ground to top, finding route through gorse belt by going up valley feature in field then heading right out of valley when gorse area reached.Cas-gwent18/07/2017
From Reedsford. Houseden Hill - Kypie Hill - Coldside Hill - Crookhouse - Reedsford.Moorponder13/07/2017
Using track to SW (Reedsford), to walkers gate (tied up) at NT898329. Animal trod leads to ATV track (NT899330) up shoulder of hill to summit. Excellentcarole engel18/06/2017
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.NorthernWayfarer07/02/2017
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 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
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
From ReedsfordAndrewFinnimore19/06/2015
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.Topographer5727/02/2013
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