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Name:Birks Fell
Hill number:2799
Height:610m / 2001ft
Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire (CoU)
Catchment:Wharfe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:SD 91879 76368
Summit feature:cairn at 610m spot height
Drop:158m
Col:452m  SD836760  
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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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
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
ANOTHER FINE DAY. FOLLOWED NUTTALLS WALK 12.7 TO YOCKENTHWAITE MOOR AND BIRKS FELL WHICH ENABLED BOTH TO BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH TOTALLY DRY FEET. A LONG PATHLESS ASCENT AND DESCENT OF YOCKENTHWAITE MOOR BUT EASY TERRAIN AND FABULOUS VIEWS. EASY PATHS OVER BIRKS FELL BUT A STEEP ASCENT TO THE COL.BURGESS14/05/2016
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: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/birks-fell.htmlGayle10/04/2015
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
Up the bridleway from Litton to the trig and then across to Horsehead Moor. Great track near the wall and hardly any peat hags!signyred07/03/2014
Horse Head Moor, Birks Fellronaldo33319/01/2014
MWFrank06/11/2013
Hard work after Buckden Pike but worth it.Simba29/10/2013
Parked in Kettlewell. Climbed Buckden Pike, returned to valley at Buckden. Walked River Wharfe to Beckermonds. Climbed Horse Head, along ridge to Sugar Loaf, Out Moor, Firth Fell and down at Middlesmoor Pasture. 25 miles.meltdiceburg31/08/2013
Run from Buckden.tomd408/06/2013
Ran up SE ridge from N of Kilnsey, dropped into Litton and back along valley. Very flat top, glad it wasn't misty.stever01/06/2013
Came over here because we missed the path down to the track!crazyaly11/05/2013
with MargaretSmelly Boots01/05/2013
Set off from Yockenthwaite and walked to Horse Head Moor before heading to Birks Fell then back to Buckden. Much warmer day and some sunshine. Big snow drifts along wall edge. Walked with Graham, Dave Mel and Ruben.karencooke10/04/2013
Clockwise from Hubberholme to Horse Head. Cold clear day giving unusual view of 3 Peaks. 8.7mls 3hrs 30minsCurly & Shirley17/02/2013
Walked up gill from Litton, then struck off across hillside to strange stone shelter by wall on summit plateau. Cairn about 300m from here. Snow over heather meant rough going on upper slopes. First done years ago.Aye Jimmy15/02/2013
Snowy walk with Ruth: Kettlewell - Great Whernside - Buckden Pike - Buckden - Birks Fell - Kettlewelldavidpettit8408/12/2012
Arncliffe BW from Starbotton up to ridge, along ridge (stick to the RHS of wall) aand then doen to Buckden bridge and back along Dales Way.tsharp04/11/2012
Birks Fell - only a 2,000ft summit by a foot, and then only because of a single upstand on the flat top which rises by about 3ft.ijpowell19/10/2012
From Litton. Across Fell top and down to Halton Gill. Very boggy!davepeel07/10/2012
Hubberholme 1 mile NW of Buckden Scar House Across moor alongside wall by Strans Gill Across plateau to Yockenthwaite Moor S. by ruined hut Yockenthwaite village Over bridge and left along road Bridleway which leads to Halton Gill Ridge SE of Horse Head 605m Follow ridge SE for 2 miles Birks Fell SSE past Birks Tarn to flagged path Litton. (Solo from Yockenthwaite Moor)gerrybowes24/08/2012
Started at 1000 hours,at Yockenwaite,NE up to the summit trig point,not too bad a little bit bog to contend with. Hubberholme,and up to Birks Fell at 608 metres,followed the fence/wall to the Sugar Loaf at 609 metres. So both tops were bagged just in case...then back to van, finished at 1545 hours, some rain & sunshine. MuttsMc Tango30/07/2012
From Buckden (13:45) walked along road to Redmire, up track to gate and open country, then straight up hillside to summit. Cloudy but dry. Back same route; finished 15:50 at excellent tea shop in Buckden.dbb15/07/2012
Solo run.amswanston08/07/2012