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Name:Chapelfell Top
Hill number:2722
Height:703m / 2306ft
Parent (Ma):2714  Burnhope Seat
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Durham (CoU)
Catchment:Tees, Catchment Boundaries, Wear
Watershed:Wearmouth, Tees Bay
Class:Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Submarilyn,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
Grid ref:NY 87586 34778
Summit feature:cairn
Col:561m  NY841352  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91 92
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:cairn is 40m SW of old larger cairn (NY 87615 34800) and 0.3m higher; alternative position of summit also described by Nuttalls is 200m S at NY 87577 34605 and is as high
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 259 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Ascent from Harthope Head road. Hard frozen peat hags made ascent relatively easy going. Fine clear, cold day. With Linda.John Lee12/01/2019
Followed Nuttall route. with SCMIanHHill02/11/2018
From summit of road at Swinhope Head via Fendrith Hill. Easy in dry conditions.Winterfloodian18/07/2018
Straightforward ascent from the high point of the road in warm, dry conditions.JohnW27/05/2018
Parked at Swinhope Head, then followed a rough path up Fendrith Hill, From there we had lots of peat hags to negotiate but, luckily the ground was largely dry. With JT.Sprog07/05/2018
Small cairn on snowy peat hag on levelish ground with various possible points, all visited. Wild and remote feeling in snow on still day. Via Church Bowers ( quarry track) and Fendrith Hill and descent via Dora's seat ( locals skiing from small lift)- and back to Langdon beck YH - Richard's birthday trip. With Tony, Zoe, Graham and Richard. Second ascent.Denise 05/02/2018
Richard M's b'day weekend. Langdon Beck past the caves, track up to Church Bowers then rough terrain to Fendrith Hill. Along boundary fence to Chapelfell Top then return to Fendrith, along fence past Weardale Ski Club Tows (a couple of skiers out!) to Dora's Seat then descent to Scar End, Hanging Shaw, Hodge Hall. Frozen bogs except for a few places!zoob05/02/2018
Cold and cloudytomd412/01/2018
From high point on road to west. Superb snow and frozen conditions made for an entertaining wander. Would be dreadful normally I fear.jenx01/12/2017
Repeat with Jenx and Bryher from road highpoint. Great snow conditions, the dogs first hill outing in such. Boggy ground mostly frozen, result!nordicstar01/12/2017
From Harthope HeadSlash330/09/2017
Parked up at cattle grid to E. Ran over the rough, boggy ground following the fence / wall until hit the trigpoint just as visibility reduced to 50m and then headed for Chapelfell Top via a tortuous route before crossing the fence and following the drainage channel. Turned round and headed back to the car at which point visibility down to 50m for the whole route.madaddo22/09/2017
Chapelfell Top racepaulcook280918/07/2017
From Harthope Head, keeping near fence. A dreary trudge. After finding summit, returned more directly following channels in peat. Peat hags most of way but at least they were not too deep, and not too transverse. Today I could walk in the hags in the exceptionally dry conditions. Sunny- bagged after a nice walk earlier today that included Burnhope Seat.pwheeler06/05/2017
1St top weather sometimes glorious sometimes hail solocolinfielding21/03/2017
Snow fell yesterday giving a soft covering above 500m. Ascended from Harthope Head following the line of the fence. A drainage channel lead from the final corner of the fence north to the top. Snow hid the bog so I sank more than in previous days when I could see where to avoid. The trench takes you all the way to Fendrith Hill with good views south. Turned east following the fence past the ski tow and over Dora's Seat then down to the road crossing at Swinhope Head where I stopped behind a wall for lunch sheltering from the wind. Sun at times felt quite warm! I followed the fence gently uphill then cut the corner following buggy tracks at the 630m contour. The topic Westernhope Moor was very wet. I was tempted by the wooden track built for the buggies but it was very slippery and sunken into the water in the worst spots, so I went back to bog jumping. On the return I followed the line of the fence all the way which was Ok. Once back on the road I walked back to Daddry shield takinaxe.stephen24/02/2017
Walked on my own from St. John's Chapel but as the weather was deteriorating I went back to Swinhope Head after Westernhope Moor and went down the road. Warm but the sun never burnt the mist off which swirled around me all day. With the mist swirling around the peat hags, I missed the narrow gully to Chapel Fell Top but after retracing my steps, after a feeling that I had overshot the summit, I was pleased to find I was only about 20 metres or so from the cairn. From then on, the gully and then the fence made route finding easy. Very, very boggy though.flockwatcher14/09/2016
From Harthope Head along fence line. Peat hacks everywhere. Dreary afternoon for a dreary hill.Campbell Singer10/08/2016
As per 10.4 in the bookdianepick18/11/2015
Did the Nuttalls' walk. Very windy day where I could barely stand still but did all three tops mentioned above.clivevilla22/10/2015
From Swinhope Head via Fendrith hill on very cold wet,windy and misty day - Visibility c 50m - It was so boggy following ditch between peaks abandoned plan to return same way and cut down to Swinhope Bridgecelticrambler07/03/2015
Very boggy ground in February, mud from the peak to the south (Fenrith Hill I believe?) for around 1.5k to Chapefell Top. More of a summer hike.Tom D28/02/2015
Daddry Shield - Chapelfell Top - Fendrith Hill - Westernhope Moor - Swinhopehead House - Daddry Shield. Sunny, with the ground well frozen.davidpettit8408/02/2015
from top of pass between st j's and langdon beck. had decided to overnight on top of pass. a wild spot but flat enough for a good sleep. walked out around 6pm and back not much more than an hour later. hags looked pretty bad but were not so bad. from right angle in fence a peat highway led almost to the cairns. returned with sunsetting over cross fell.stig_nest20/09/2014
Nuttall Route. Chapelfell Top, Fendrith Hill, Black Hill, Westernhope Moor, Outberry Plain.ijpowell20/06/2014
From Swinhope Head, out and back over Fendrith Hill and Chapelfell Top.rhalstead19/04/2014
Fendrith Hill, Chapelfell Topronaldo33313/12/2013
Swinhope Bridge-Cockrans Cabin-Chapel Fell Top, very wet with new snow. long haul up to Cockrans Cabin glad it was a clear day as navigation could have been a problem, only a very small cairn defines the top.GordonH10/11/2013
Windy and some mist. Trudge through the peat hags but good fun jumping into them on descent.Simba31/10/2013
With G. From Swinehope Head > Black Hill > Westernhope Moor > Fendrith Hill retracing route > Chapelfell Top > Swinehope Head retracing route.RT197005/07/2013
From top of road Langdon to St John's Chapel. Kept to S of quarries, rough grass, hags to summit ridge then followed wide ditch to summit. Small cairn seems higher than larger one. Continued to Fendrith.Aye Jimmy02/06/2013
Date approximate. With K. Evening walk whilst wild camping. Live quarrying ongoing during day.Ashley01/01/2013
Up from Dadry Shield, bridleway then tough slog through steep tussocks (plus snow). Across ridge to west from summit then down and back roun through St Johns Chapel via Road.jhodson04/11/2012
Parked on road from Daddry Shield to Newbiggin and straight up. On the Fendrith Hill.tsharp24/08/2012
Swinhope Head at top of minor road between Teesdale & Weardale (898332) – Fendrith Hill – Chapelfell Top – Reverse to Swinhope Head – Westernhope Moor – Reverse to Swinhope Head. (PM)gerrybowes23/05/2012
With Dad. Followed the Nuttalls' route, but parked at Swinhope Head. Passed the cabin en route to the summit and the drainage ditch, which we followed along to Fendrith Hill. Going not too bad, if boggy.AGWilliamson29/08/2011
Second summit of the day at 8.15am after a 30 minute trudge over from Fendrith Hill. Stomped around a bit to try and find best summit feature. Wouldn't like to do this walk after it's been raining or in the mist when there's no views to relieve the squelsignyred24/08/2011
came over from Frendrith across the boggy land which was still a challenging walk even after all this hot weather. I agree that the main cain is probably not the highest point. Visited the various cains.Father Ted02/07/2011
From the minor road at Swinhope Head via Fendrith Hill. Easy going with a choice of summit cairns!Fisky Boy14/05/2011
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke14/05/2011
From cattle grid at 627 meters to west, on dry sunny day. Still able to find soggy patches even after such a warm dry April. Visited the various cairns + Nuttall top either side of ditch then onto Fendrith Hill.Dugswell203/05/2011
from cattle grid at NY900330 over bog in driving rain and wind.nevans8406/02/2011
As Nuttall route. Bog not quite as bad as the Burnhope Seat round but not far off. Nick Wright (English Mountain Summits 1974) likens the section from the summit to Fendrith Hill to the salt marshes on the Ribble estuary!David Gradwell08/10/2010
Just a mile from road summit but ordeal by bog. Maybe better via quarry to S.Eddie26/09/2010
Bagged this summit in the evening of!! Not alot there really small pile of stones if that!!!.Mc Tango29/08/2010
With Ian and Caroline, Barry is away racing bikesnickywood129/08/2010
From Swinhope Head.Marshsand18/06/2010
From Fendrith Hill follwing the fence and ditch through the haggsmick23/04/2010