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Name:Birks Fell
Hill number:2799
Height:610.4m / 2003ft
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SD 91879 76368
Summit feature:cairn at 610m spot height
Col:452.2m  SD 8364 7603  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 98
(1:25k) OL30S
Observations:measurements showed this as the highest point and >610m
Survey:Leica Runner 20
Surveying Horse Head Moor and Birks Fell Jun 2006.doc
Surveying Birks Fell and Horsehead Moor 10-09-06 Final.doc
Comments:See Database Notes
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From Yockenthwaite over Horse Head and Birks Fell, down to Buckden and back along the Dales Way. With Chris, Christine, Eric, Geoff & Steve. 18km with 450m ascent in 6 hours.silveracorn_alan06/08/2020
From Horse Head Moor. Followed wall then fence down to the marshy col, then up east by the wall. Took a short path from the wall to the cairned summit. Then skirted Birks Tarn and down to Redmire by the bridleway and back to Buckden. Solo.Man of Kernow124/07/2020
Up the bridleway from Hubberholme, along the ridge over Birks Fell and via the trig points, down the Pennine Way and back along the river path.Eggletina25/06/2020
Halton Gill -> Horse Head Moor -> Birks Fell -> Litton -> Halton Gillbriandiggle25/05/2020
Ascent of Firth Fell from Litton via Ackerley Moor. On to Birks Fell via Birks Tarn. On to Horse Head following wall line to ‘Pennine Journey’ path and descent to Halton Gill. On to Foxup via road. Ascent of Plover Hill using (Foxup Road) bridleway via Low Bergh, Far Bergh and Foxup Moor. On to Pen y Ghent following mountain wall. Descent to Dale Head and road via Pennine Way footpath. Along road to Blishmeire Close and ascent of Fountains Fell via Pennine Way. Followed wall line to summit. Return to Pennine Way and following to Darnbrook Fell. Descent via Cow Close to footpath and return to Litton.raymooremanx25/05/2020
from Yockenthwaite roadside, via Pennine Journey routejef20/05/2020
A walk on the Horse Head captured my imagination (look at the OS map!) and also my Great Grandfather Willian Neesam (a Railway Clerk I think) wrote poems about this area. Parked in Littondale just south of Litton - Lane to village and bridleway (signed to Buckton) takes up onto the Birks Fell ridge - bagged trig at 607m then mad dash for Birks Fell summit (610m) as mist curtains in - we walk on along the ridge path in our diminished world to the Horsehead summit and trig 605m. Brhhh a sudden blast of cold and then as we start to drop to Halton Gill the clouds clear from the valley and tops (Plover Hill, Pen-y-Ghent and Fountains Fell suddenly reappear). Over Halton brige we follow path alongside the River Skirefare past the old barns back to Litton.briandavies31/12/2019
From Litton, up Middle Moor and onto main ridge then down via Adderley Moor. Stayed below the banking clouds that were on almost all nearby summits. An attempted short cut led into some long heather and uneven ground.Topographer5702/12/2019
From Litton, parking by the phone box, via Ackerley Moor and the Firth Fell trig pillar. Visited the 610m spot height before progressing on to Horse Head Moor and High Green Field Knott, finishing the ridge on the Cosh Outside trig pillar before descending to Foxup Bridge and a 5k trudge back along the road... relieved by some benchmarking in the dark - 26km round trip.jonglew02/12/2019
Nuttalls route after bagging Yockenthwaite Moor. Damp underfoot but at least the hill fog cleared on this one to leave some viewsGary Heath20/08/2019
Hubberholme > Yokenthwaite Moor > Horse Head Trig point > Horse Head Moor > Birks Fell Summit> Birks Fell Trig > Redmire Farm > HubberholmeLongwojo14/07/2019
Hubberholme > Dales Way > Yokenthwaite > Horse Head Gate > Horse Head Trig point > Horse Head Moor > Birks Fell > Birks Tarn > Redmire Farm > Hubberholme. Just me and H. Beautiful spring day but really quite warm. Good going most of the way with just a few bogs still wet.johnkaysleftleg15/05/2019
From Redmire up the bridal path, then path along wall at high point. Dry but cloud skimming summit spoiling viewsN.Morters21/08/2018
Horse Head Moor and Birks Fell [re-visit] from YockenthwaiteCrib Goch31/07/2018
Loop from Litton on very hot day with breeze. Came down bad heather section. Rounsfell24/06/2018
Circular route from Hubberholme, up through Redmires Farm, down Horsehead Pass to Yockenthwaite and along the river. Dry underfoot, didnt see anyone apart fromin the valleys, which were heaving on a bank holiday weekend. Birks Tarn looked wondeful.Clive G26/05/2018
From Buckden via Redmire. The bridleway is stony from the farm until it peters out and becomes boggy though clearly marked by posts. There is a good path north west beside the wall leading to the summit. Birks Fell Tarn is wild and desolate.peter4lc03/05/2018
Horse Head Moor and Birks Fell from Halton Gill and did the Horse Head trig too. 8.6 miles. 3 hours.clivevilla20/09/2017
From Redmire, up the bridleway, which seems to be inexplicably popular with ramblers given that it's a bit of a boggy mess. The faint path along the wall to Birks Fell summit is much better, and gives reasonably dry going with splendid views. A very pleasant surprise, given the proximity to the monstrously vegetated and somewhat minging Dodd Fell.Gill04/08/2017
Climbed solo. From Redmire Farm and bridleway towards Littondale up Firth Fell and then along wall past Birks Tarn to summit cairn. Surprisingly easy walking and dry underfoot. Good view of Pen-y-Ghent and surrounding fells. Return direct to NE down steep slopes. Weather ... clear but cloudy, little drizzle during ascent. Time 2h 20m.jamessteel10021/07/2017
From Buckden car park. Good path along Eastern side of wall along summit ridge.Peter_W_Mitchell 01/07/2017
With Jacqui, from Arncliffe. Lovely meadows to Litton, up past Queen's Arms. Divert to Birks Fell Top via tarn and aong ridge to descend to Arncliffe. Tea and Orange and Grape cake after thanks to Arncliffe Open Gardens.patriciagill01/07/2017
Beautiful evening walk from Buckden; straight up following the wall, then along the ridge to loop round and return by the bridleway from Litton.ruthatlast30/04/2017
Horse Head Moor then Birks Fell from Halton Gill. First half was surprisingly dry, the second half made up for it! Couple of walls climbed to avoid excessively boggy/lakey areasthe_adam04/03/2017
Evening walkTonyandsue04/03/2017
From Litton via Ackerley Moor. Don't you just hate it when paths go directly up the contours!. Its grassy pretty much all the way though so not actually as bad as feared. Visited the trig before following wall out to cairned top. Driest hill of the day suprisingly, at least it was until arriving at col between Moss Top and Sugar Loaf. Im guessing it is called Horse Head because the rest of the beast has sunk into the bog.stig_nest01/10/2016
With K. From Buckden. Once past trees little of interest. Although springs and working sheep fank at treeline picturesque. One for baggers only.Ashley25/09/2016
From Great Whernside / Kettlewell. Long and boggy wide ridge - bit of a slog but at least there's a cairn at the true summit!twg2712/09/2016
14.9 mile walk from Buckden along river to Yockenthwaite, up and down same way to Yockenthwaite Moor, thought this one would be terrible for bog but not problem at all today, stumbled across stone hut then trig, back down to Yockenthwaite and up to Horse Head Trig and along grassy trails to Horse Head Moor cairns, continued along ridge to Birks Fell, surprisingly wetter than Yockenthwaite Moor, to cairn, then along dry ridge to Firth Fell trig and back down to Buckden. Great day, hot and sunny with high cloud but with nice breeze.DanTrig06/08/2016
From Buckden to Kettlewell. Direct ascent using animal path just to the N of Water Gill. Long and easy descent to Knipe Scar.summitsup14/07/2016
Climbed with Yokenthwaite Moordianepick26/06/2016
Solo. From Horse Head Moor and on to Trig point of Olde Cote Moor top before return to Hubbleholme.Aimless Rambler19/05/2016
with Stuart Myers. We did all the other contenders just to make sure.IanHHill28/02/2016
Martin's Birthday weekend, Halton Gill. With Jon, & Dom.Grinner20/09/2015
From Litton (parked by the pub), route of Blaydike Moss - High Green Field Knott - Horse Head Moor - Birks Fell.JohnStoneham13/09/2015
From Buckdentim74716/08/2015
From Halton Gill via Horse Head Moor with Des and Edmick31/07/2015
From Buckden.ju ju25/05/2015
From Buckden.mad max25/05/2015
A circuit, with an out-and-back to Birks Fell summit, from Buckden. Route and write-up at:
Revisit to make sure I had captured summit.ger22/03/2015
2mFM Radio Activation NP-031. Kenwood and J PolePetem0hqo17/02/2015
Mountain biked across this hill back at start of 1990's. Enjoyed revisiting my youth. A cold day cloud perched on summit. Company: Soloiandesbottes17/01/2015
Long but great circuit: Kettlewell - Hag Dyke - Great Whernside - Buckden Pike - Buckden - Birks Fell - Kettlewell. Ascended via the Redmire bridleway to c. 450m then cut across moor. Rough going. Surprisingly defined summit.Mark Jackson02/09/2014
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie. Visited trig on Firth Fell (607m) too.Dangerous Dave23/07/2014
Exactly as signyred on a calm,cloudy and humid day.Reasonable views.With Oscar.catman13/06/2014
With Catman.oscarrosie13/06/2014
From Buckden via Redmire then onto Firth Fellrb08/06/2014