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Name:Dead Stones
Hill number:2717
Height:710m / 2329ft
Parent (Ma):2714  Burnhope Seat
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Durham (CoU), Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Tyne (Newcastle), Wear
Watershed:Tynemouth, Wearmouth
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:NY 79372 39912
Summit feature:tall cairn
Drop:33m
Col:677m  NY790390  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91
(1:25k) OL31W
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Parking area at bottom of ski slope. Up past ski lift to BurnhopeSeat trig. Then out and back to Harwood Common and out and back to Dead Stones and Nags Head. Lots of boggy ground, peat hags and tussocks. Made sure of Burnhope Seat on return and the cairn. Some views over to Cross and tghe Dun fells but hazy. Bit of a slog.mart079725/07/2019
As per Nuttalls' 10.1 minus Three Pikes. Lovely clear day and vey dry underfoot.milimana23/05/2019
From Reservoirlenman04/05/2019
From parking spot at Killhope Cross. Followed fenceline south to Dead Stones, picking up several HB and non-HB tops. Then due east to Dead Stones E Top and Highwatch Currick (both non-HB hills). Lot of wet ground and masses of peak hags after couple of days of rain.jonglew06/03/2019
From Burnhope Reservoir, Nuttalls route without Three Pikes. Sunny but very wet underfootGary Heath17/02/2019
From top of Ashgill Wood via Flinty Fell.Winterfloodian17/07/2018
10 mile walk from Ashgill Bridge, down to lovely waterfall then along river S. Tyne to Tynehead farm, took footpath up then ascended Burnhope Seat to road then through ski tows to featureless summit and after trig, followed ridge to Dead Stones then along to Nags Head rise, descended to Perrys dam and picked up quarry track, rough route across to Flinty Fell, from there headed back to quarry track then barely used footpath back to Ashgill Bridge. Great sunny day with breeze and great views, at the moment very easy to walk because all bogs are dry, would hate to do this walk after a lot of rain.DanTrig29/06/2018
Yad Moss to Killhope Cross with Joe.John Lee13/06/2018
Knoutberry Hill > Nag’s Head North Top > Nag’s Head (Old top - 673m spot ht) > Nags Head > Dead Stones > Dead Stones East Top (Scurraberry) > Highwatch Currick from GR: NY 79938 43225ronaldo33326/05/2018
Nuttal route. Shelter roof appears to be close to collapse.Slash312/05/2018
CW circuit of Flinty Fell, Nags Head, Dead Stones & Burnhope Seat, starting from Ashgill Bridge - fine weather - a bit too hot!ger06/05/2018
Circuit from the reservoir.tomd427/04/2018
From Cowshill via Highwatch Currick. Easy going up to Highwatch Currick then rough. Maybe staying by the fence is not the best route? Saw mountain hare in full winter garb. Most enjoyable in fine weathertrimarc220/02/2018
Dead Stones was a mile and a half from Burnhope Seat and far more difficult than the Nuttalls make it out to be as a result of the deep peat hags. The summit was a delight, though, with a wind shelter doubling as a hut and containing discarded fence posts as if they were fuel for a fire. The highest point was marked by a very tall cairn and there were views over to Killhope Law.peter4lc27/10/2017
Picked up en route to Burnhope Seat after parking at head of Weardale valley on A689 and running here. Good column of stones here, leaving little doubt as to where you are heading.madaddo16/07/2017
Parking area at the Cumbria/Durham border on the A689 then relatively dry moorland plod over Knoutberry Hill, Nags Head to Dead Stones and bag in around 2 hours. Sunny but windy at times.Dugswell201/07/2017
A purgatorial Pennine plod in heavy rain, fog and cold wind, the circuit from Burnhope reservoir. Up the path from Stripe Head, across the moor to an ATV track leading to Highwatch Currick, along the wall and then the fence. A bit of path, but numerous bogs and hags to avoid. Brief respite from the weather at the Dead Stones hut, then struck out across peat bogs and hags to Burnhope Seat. A brief section on wooden pallets at the most gruesome section avoids drowning. Found the trig and the top, then through interminable bogs to the delightfully dry and hag-free Great Stony Hill, the best top of the day. There's a fence all the way, contrary to the map, so navigation is dead easy. One last massive bog and then an easy descent on the track.Gill29/06/2017
With G. & others. Repeat of 16/03/2016. Nenthead > Black Hill > Three Counties Boundary (NY 800 441) > Killhope Cross > Knoutberry Hill > Nag's Head via old crosses > Dead Stones > Nenthead via Priorsdale & lead mines.RT197022/06/2017
5th nuttall of the day, beautiful day, curious cairn against a fence. Has a sturdy shelter at the top with a fantastic view towards Burnhope Res. Solo.Tom D07/04/2017
From parking area at the Cumbria/Durham border on the A689 en route to Burnhope Seat. Followed the county boundary fence, boggy in patches, but probably the clearest section of route. Tall cairn where the fences meet, two good shelters nearby to take a break in/behindmuzza206/04/2017
Started at Burnhope Resorvoir parking on the NE end of dam. Walked along N side of resorvoir to the far western end. Took track leading up the hill side to Green Laws and Highwatch Currick. Battled with into the wind to Dead Stones and into the low cloud. Welcome stop in the shelter on Dead Stones before continuing to south to Burnhope Seat, Scraith Head, Harwood Common, Scaud Hill finishing on Great Stony Hill. I returned via the rough track down to Grasshill Causeway and the resorvoir.axe.stephen19/02/2017
From the A689. A mixture of snow and bog.Alan Caine03/12/2016
Followed Boundary fence from Burnhope Seat. Ground very dry.Bheinn04/06/2016
Walked on my own from Burnhope reservoir. Sunny with a lovely breeze. Quite a lot of peat groughs on the way to this summit. The cairn is quite magnificent and the shelter nearby could prove useful if the weather turned nasty.flockwatcher20/04/2016
With G. & others. Nenthead > Black Hill > Three Counties Boundary (NY 800 441) > Killhope Cross > Knoutberry Hill > Nag's Head via old crosses > Dead Stones > Nenthead via Priorsdale & lead mines.RT197016/03/2016
FIFTH CONSECUTIVE FINE DAY AT ALSTON BASE CAMP. DROPPED OFF ON B6277 BELOW THREE PIKES AND REASONABLY EASY ASCENT EXCEPT AT TOP. DOWN TO COLL AND EASY OVER GREAT STONY HILL. THEN LONG BUT STRAIGHTFORWARD TRUDGE TO HARWOOD COMMON AND QUICKLY ON TO BURNWOOD SEAT. SUMMIT IS NOT AT TRIG POINT BUT 200+ METRES WEST OVER POOLS AND REEDS - UGH! QUITE BOGGY ON TO DEAD STONES, THEN EASY DESCENT WEST TO BE PICKED UP ON MINOR ROAD AT END OF FOREST.BURGESS29/09/2015
See Burnhope log for route. So Dead stones.. an interesting name. Fair to say i worked out why on the way over from Burnhope. The aforementioned stones have all been drowned in the peat bog. Summit is crowned by a very decent column. The shelter just below is very well built but no door and the roof which has wooden beams supporting stone is leaking and at risk of collapse. Some poor soul had previously brought wood up here. I take it by virtue of the wood still being there the fire wouldnt set alight. Descent via trig and down to track by resv. A very soggy walk.stig_nest02/08/2015
Last peak of wet and misty day on Nuttalls route weather and visibility improves as I headed E over to Highwatch Currickcelticrambler03/04/2015
Nuttalls walk 10.1. Take care in the hut the roof is on the point of collapse.mick13/09/2014
With Jo, circular walk from Burnhope Reservoir: Grasshill Causeway to Great Stony Hill, Scaud Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat – Trig Point, Burnhope Seat, Dead Stones, returning over Highwatch Currick. Weather; sunny, light cool breeze, very good visibility.amblerbob24/07/2014
approached from Burnhope Street, horrendous peat bog at the Sallygrain Head col. Descended west along fenceline and forestry track to minor roaddicky bird24/03/2014
Three Pikes - Great Stony Hill - Harwood Common - Burnhope Seat - Burnhope Seat(trig) - Dead Stonesronaldo33322/03/2014
Evening hike up from Burnhope Reservoir to Great Stony Hill, over to Scaud Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat, and Dead Stones, before returning to the reservoir as it became dark. Beautiful sunny evening, peat bogs mainly dried up, did not see another soul. 20Km, 459m total ascent.VirtualMountain18/07/2013
With G. Nuttalls' route from Burnhope Reservoir dam > Three Pikes > Great Stony Hill > Harwood Common > Burnhope Seat > Dead Stones > Lamb's Head > Burnhope Reservoir.RT197004/07/2013
Round of Three Pikes, Great Stony Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat and Dead Stones.rhalstead18/02/2013
Parked at Dam of Burnhope Reservoir – Grasshill Causeway – Near head of pass head SSE to Three Pikes – Back to head of pass – Great Stony Hill – Harwood Common – Burnhope Seat Trig point & summit (no feature) – Dead Stones – SW across moor – Track by Burnhope Burn – Path along N. side of reservoir – Car park. (PM,CM)gerrybowes05/11/2012
CJM05/11/2012
Nuttall's route - a long way down.clivevilla02/09/2012
Across from Burnhope Seat. Great shelter (with a roof, if it's raining). Lots of bulldozed tracks down in Burnhope Burn which were not on my map so dropped down unto the Burn and took the track back to the Burnhope Reservoir.tsharp23/08/2012
From road head at KillhopehEad, as Webmaster. Semi dry, August, but went in wellies. Hill to Knoutberry Ok, but on to and over Nags Head is desperately boggy. Wellies good choice. On over to Dead Stones and its fine howf. Back same way in fine weather.nordicstar09/08/2012
Cold, Wetandying07/01/2012
KeithByTheC12/10/2011
Straight forward route following the fence line from near Hunter's Cleugh on the road to Priorsdale.Fisky Boy28/09/2011
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke28/09/2011
Nuttall route 10.1, with Alison. Relatively easy going along the fence from Burnhope Seat, compared with the earlier parts of the route.davidpettit8429/08/2011
Last of 7 'tops' on anticlockwise round of head of Weardale from Cowshill. Lovely summit & shelter reached @2.35pm after a 20 minute top-less hike from Nags Head - yes it was that warm! Down following grouse feeders & faint 4x4 tracks to trig to E.signyred25/08/2011
Followed the Nuttalls' route. It is very dry at the moment, so the going is easy - I would advise going to do these now! (Or next time it's dry... Would be awful after a wet period!) With Dad.AGWilliamson30/07/2011
my first summit of the day, after a cheeky slog over some babies heads Turbo Tango26/07/2011
Low cloud & wet grass made for wet feet straight away. A little stone hut sits on this summit handy for emergency..near a fence.Mc Tango26/07/2011
Stok Kangri Reunion. A bit of a plod this one, but then my back was hurting and I was feeling sorry for myself.ruthatlast16/07/2011