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Name:Chapelfell Top
Hill number:2722
Height:703m / 2306ft
Parent (Ma):2714  Burnhope Seat
Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Durham (CoU)
Catchment:Tees, Doubles, 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 233 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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
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
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
From Swinhope Head.Marshsand18/06/2010
From Fendrith Hill follwing the fence and ditch through the haggsmick23/04/2010
Too misty yesterday, and I'd left my compass at home, so I came back down without finding the summit and returned today for a much easier walk along form the pass.ruthatlast20/09/2009
First proper walk with new GPS, went up from the Quarry at the Col, very heavy ground, carrying Erin and dragging Ben.rossdrummond26/04/2009
Up via Fendrith Visited two cairned tops both looked lower than the otherBramley18/04/2009
Start ~ 895346. Took a direct line to the ruin on the skyline, known as Gregs Hut? then made our way through the peat to the summit. With Wombourne.steve hudson28/09/2008
Solo.Dangerous Dave10/05/2008
From the road. Unpleasant. Path to Fendrith good for the first half then boggy.destaylor01/10/2007
With Jo, circular walk from Swinhopehead House: across fell to Cockran’s Cabin, Chapelfell Top, then along ridge to Fendrith Hill, Dora’s Seat , Swinhope Head continuing onto Black Hill, Westernhope Moor and Outberry Plain, then returning back along ridge to SH, then down road to start. Weather, sunny, warm breeze, very good visibility.amblerbob11/09/2007
Nuttalls' walk 10.4Crib Goch08/08/2007
easy to locate from fendrith hilljohnfwoolley21/05/2007
well there were lots of peat hags today but the mist was thick - found at least two cairns on top - i'm suspicious that the main cairn to the N is not the highest point - visited all tops just in case!!gigglejon28/01/2007