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Name:Cold Fell
Hill number:2761
Height:621m / 2037ft
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Western Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Eden (Carlisle), Tyne (Newcastle)
Watershed:Tynemouth, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Solway Firth, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:NY 60573 55635
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:168m
Col:453m  NY626503  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 86
(1:25k) OL43W
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 332 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From car park by Clesketts up path to Bruthwaite viewpoint and on to top.lenman19/04/2019
from Claskett carpark, up Tindale Fell, along to summit and back via the old tramwayborderterrier25/03/2019
From Forest Head, roadside verge parking (NY 5822 5747). Good tracks all the way. On to Great Blacklaw Hill. Low cloud, but fr0zen ground.jonglew19/01/2019
from rspb car park solocolinfielding05/11/2018
From Clesketts. An unexpected meeting on the hill with friends from Fort William.NormanW23/09/2018
From RSPB car park NY589585 thro a herd of cattle that included a bull to Howgill, thro gate & another immediately on left. After short distance took blue trail signposted viewpoint. After this a boggy path up to a corregated iron structure then headed up the hill thro peat hags & came across ATV track. Back same way 2 hours in total.rogreeves14/09/2018
From RSPB car parkSlash323/06/2018
With K and RM from RSPB carpark. Some intense navigation in heavy mist and snow.Ashley31/03/2018
With J from Clesketts RSPB car park. Along track to Howgill & then following the blue marked RSPB trail past the viewpoint. Ground not as soggy as expected but track on OS map is mostly no more than a path & after the first fence/stile, it becomes less distinct in places. Up to col at first grouse butt then across to inspect the giant currick due N. Back to col where you can avoid the rough stuff by going a few metres E of that first grouse butt to find an ATV track sliding round the side of Cold Fell to reach the OS marked fence where a decent path leads SW to the summit. Fired straight down the rough heathery stuff to rejoin the ascent route. Summit is a cracking viewpoint in all directions. A lot of grouse everywhere on the hill.NotReallyABagger25/03/2018
From RSPB carpark (NB good spot for campervan!) walked up track to Howgills, then took path up to watershed and south bearing up to summit. Beware: it is not a track as marked on OS map, but a hopelessly boggy path/ATV track, actually a stream in places. Where it kind of peters out look for a small cairn from where you go up rough ground (a vague ATV track comes and goes) to the huge summit cairn. The mist was low down today but the bearing was due south and the top was easy to find.AndrewFinnimore09/10/2017
Cold fell and talkin fellRuth01/10/2017
Very boggy in placesDarren-44326/08/2017
A nice route from the car park at Talkin Head, at the end of the public road. A fine track with great views leads towards Talkin Fell, climbed via a derelict track, then over the wall junction (no cap stones), and up to the huge cairns and trig. Then to Simmerson Hill, first on a good path to within a few hundred metres of the top, then rough stuff to the cairn (a stone seat). Down on rough stuff (good path by the fence, and I missed it), to the track, then a path along the fence to Cold Fell, a soggy, uninspiring struggle, but good views. Back to the track, and back to Talkin Head on the lovely bridleway.Gill03/08/2017
From Castle Carrock, up Geltsdale, over Tarnmonath and Cold Fell, drop to Tindale Tarn, then RSPB trails back towards Castle Carrock.cumbria mammoth08/07/2017
With SR. Parked at Clesketts at the car park. Headed S to Howgill then up track to col then south across rough moor and peat hags to the summit trig point. Return via above Tindale Tarn following the old railway track then back to the start.Frank11/05/2017
From Clesketts RSPB car park, on way from Warwick to Alston. Via RSPB viewpoint, tracks and trods all the way to the summit, finishing following the fence running NE of the top. Fine shelter with comfy slab facing E- into an icy breeze today; excellent views getting longer into the late afternoon. A real end of the Pennines atmosphere. Returned over N top and followed curricks down to neat Tindale Farm- as in Nuttalls' route.pwheeler05/05/2017
Cold Fell stands alone, five miles from the nearest fell, above the village of Hallbankgate and amidst possibly the most desolate landscape in the whole of England. The obvious place to start is the RSPB car park by the Geltsdale Nature Reserve. A tarmac track leads past the isolated Tortie Cottage and up to the old miners’ cottages at Howgill. Here, a gate leads to the wild fellside. On this Maundy Thursday, preceded by unseasonably warm weather at the weekend but much colder now, I set off up the hill on a surprisingly good path which flattened as a large currick came into view to the south. There was some difficulty finding a path on the final ascent until the last few hundred yards. A fence and stile were visible for a time, but only when I reached them did I realise that the trig point and windshelter were just a few yards further on. It was bitterly cold and windy but a seat had been fashioned in the shelter to protect the walker from the south-west wind.peter4lc13/04/2017
With Mora. From Clesketts.BLACKHILL02/04/2017
Evening walk on route to Lakes. From Clesketts RSPB car park. Up the track along soggy moor. Light rain and low cloud, no viewN.Morters29/03/2017
Walked on my own from Clesketts. Cold with snow in the wind but fairly dry and clear There was a really good path to the summit which I had no problem following. Didn't enjoy the walk over tussocky grass to Tindale Fell and down to the reservoir but was rewarded by unexpectedly coming upon the RSPB centre at the bottom with welcome loos and a great variety of birds on the feeders.flockwatcher22/01/2017
Like many others from the parking area at Clesketts.Alan Caine10/09/2016
Stopped off on way back from Mickle FellDanmawr07/08/2016
from cp 588584 good track then wet grass path to the top.robertphillips29/07/2016
Ascent via Tindale Tarn and return via Howgill Beck (reverse of the Nuttalls route). Rough walking but some amazing views!ruthatlast05/07/2016
Nice day out.pdhancock01/07/2016
#573 From the RSPB CP, which for those that don't know (like me!)is at NY588584. Boggy, in clag, lived up to its name!tim74711/04/2016
OtisGlenford21/03/2016
fa, solo, mist on top with some rain, 34 km, brampton to greenhead over cold fell on the wayrum doodle 06/11/2015
BACK TO SUNSHINE FOR LAST DAY AT ALSTON BASE CAMP. FOLLOWED NUTTALS' WALK 9.7 BUT KEPT TO PATH BETWEEN RECOMMENDED OUT AND BACK ROUTES AND RETURNED THE SAME WAY. VERY ROUGH GOING BETWEEN PATH AND SUMMIT. EXCELLENT VIEWS FROM LAST SUMMIT IN NORTH PENNINES.BURGESS06/10/2015
From the RSPB car park which was full. Cows on the easy track forced me to bushwhack and I ended up in waist high grass ascending directly very steeply up Brown Fell. Deep, soft moorland. An exhausting trudge but last week in nearby Brampton a woman was nearly killed by cows.On descent eventually found the track to Howgill but again crossed several barbed wire fences to avoid many cows with calves. On balance the roughest moorland I have ever walked on. In retrospect it may have been better to have been trampled to within an inch of my life by cows than walk the route I took. A lovely spot and a nature reserve but you cant make me go back I've done it now!mick13/09/2015
From RSPB car park (NY588585). Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/cold-fell.htmlGayle30/08/2015
2mFM Radio Activation NP-020. Parked in RSPB reserve. Forgot compass and got lost. Finally found trig but hard work.Petem0hqo10/07/2015
from Howgill - A very wet ascent up the old track led to open moor of peat and heather. a half decent path all the way. summit has a hefty cairn reminiscent of an american hard gum, a trigpoint which had a crown of stones and a very sizeable windbreak- which was very welcome today. man alive is this a stunning vista returned same way.stig_nest10/05/2015
Nuttalls route on lovely spring day - good visibility apart from haze in NE - Start point is now RSPB car parkcelticrambler04/05/2015
A hard walk & SOTA activation from the cottages with Geoff 2E0NON.G4OOE01/03/2015
Parked SE of Brampton at Clesketts at the car park where the road splits. Headed S on gravel track to Howgill then onto steeper track up the access land following the line of the valley to the end of the visible buggy line at a shooting butt. Turned south across rough moor and peat hags to the summit cairn and trig point. Lunch n the shelter from the strong SW wind. Return via the coins currick at SH 574 m then down to the west end of Tindale Tarn following the track back to the start.axe.stephen19/02/2015
Nuttalls' recommended route from Clesketts, returning via Tindale Tarndavidpettit8425/10/2014
Dry, calm, warm, part sun, good views.iangalbraith29/06/2014
On it's ownronaldo33305/04/2014
from Forest Head. Jus go straight up N Sid of burn. Very wet underfoot, cold and misty on top. On way to IngletonThearlaichdubh29/03/2014
Solo, from Forest Head.amswanston31/12/2013
From Forest Head.Topographer5730/08/2013
With G. Nuttalls' route from nature reserve car park > Cold Fell via Howgill > Tindale Tarn > car park.RT197030/06/2013
Brisk morning walk before getting back to the peele tower and the family for a day out. Few snow flurries.SS23/02/2013
From RSPB carpark, with snow and ice on top it lived up to it's name.rhalstead22/02/2013
Circular walk from Forest Head.,first Nuttall since May 2012 and SAH (grade 1) in Aug 2012. <BR> Ably accompanied by wife. <BR> <a href="http://stevejsmith56englishnuttalls.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/cold-fell.html" target="_blank" >Route details walked</a> <BR> Including statistics, map, photographs and walk description.SteveSmith15/01/2013
Climbed solo from the road at Clesketts.dhbond09/10/2012
Pake in RSPB car park and then South on track. Once the track finishes, it becomes abit of a slog through blueberry and heather. Don't be fooled by the tiny cairn, once over the brow of the hill there's a well-proper cairn. Excellent view son top (Cheviot, Southern Uplands, Lakeland fells, Cross Fell). Down via Tindale Tarn.tsharp21/08/2012
Start ~ 588584. At Clesketts, followed the Nuttalls route up to the top, Very wet underfoot, fine cairn at the summit. With Wombourne.steve hudson24/06/2012
From Clesketts car park, and followed a track of sorts all the way to the summitFisky Boy30/05/2012