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Name:Raw Head
Hill number:2828
Height:227.1m / 745ft
Parent (Ma):2087  Cadair Berwyn
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Cheshire East (CoU), Cheshire West and Chester (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Flint), Catchment Boundaries, Mersey
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Current County/UA Top, Submarilyn, Clem
(Hu,Tu,2,CoU,sMa,Cm)
Grid ref:SJ 50846 54844
Summit feature:ground by trig point
Drop:148.4m
Col:78.6m  SJ 5287 4392  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 117
(1:25k) 257W
Observations:from field (SJ511550) both trig point and 220m contour at SJ510551 can be seen; trig point is a few m higher.
Survey:Abney level/Leica 530
Survey of Raw Head Final.doc
Comments:Demoted to Submarilyn following survey. See Database Notes
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
Notes:
  • Cheshire West and Chester current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 286 users)ByDate of Ascent
Part of a circular walk from SW of Larkton Hill, walking part of the Sandstone Trail over Raw Head back to the car park. Pleasant paths if a bit muddy in places. Good views.LizH14/11/2019
From Bolesworth castle... carfest morning walk. Up to Harthill then along to Droppingstone Farm where a path up into to woods joins the Sandstone Way onto Trig Point. DampN.Morters27/07/2019
Parked up on Coppermine Lane and followed Sandstone Trail to Trig point. Retraced steps.M6KIO27/02/2019
Parked at side of road to S where there is a phone box marked on the OS map (no sign of it) then followed Sandstone Trail N along interesting path to summit. Would have been nice to make it part of a circular walk but I was in a rush so went back the way I came.Wheelsy20/01/2019
Pleasant paved summit area with trig and bench and cave underneath, on the popular Sandstone Way. Windy. Later realised it was a reascent-ex Marilyn- first done with the late Claire on her 40th birthday.Denise 13/01/2019
Pleasant stroll along footpaths from Harthill church. Solo.Dangerous Dave03/12/2018
On the 'Pub Walks in Cheshire' circuit from the Pheasant Inn. (One of many ascents.)Phreerunner16/11/2018
With E. Sunny autumn day. Parked at The Pheasant pub in Higher Burwardsley and followed the Sandstone trail via Bulkeley Hill to Raw Head. Great views across Cheshire, River Mersey, Liverpool Cathedral and into N Wales. Returned across fields onto Sarra Lane and past Cheshire Candle & Crafts Workshop to finish with pub lunch and a pint.Beeliner02/11/2018
From Peckforton Point. A pleasant walk around the sandstone trail and on to Larkton Hill. This didn't feel much like a hill, but was a decent walk nonetheless topped off with a pleasant white trig point. Happy to get some more done in this area, having had lots of trouble with Peckforton point.tumpawumpa30/10/2018
Parked at end of New Lane near open gate. Good path all the way to Trig point.PeterD07/10/2018
Rawheadshriver13/09/2018
Continuation of walk from Burwardsley Hill. Followed RoW west to Droppingstone Farm and then steeply up through woods to the summit. Returned to Upper Burwardsley. With MH and SB.Man of Kernow129/05/2018
Nice that there is a sign by the trigpoint pillar telling walkers that this is the highest point on the Sandstone Trail.Alancache23/04/2018
Parked at NT cp Allman's Lane then Larkton Hill, Rawhead, Bulkeley Hill, Peckforton Point and back via Hart Hill (a cracking little summit). Fine views and plenty of caves to explore, with Ed.John Eley20/02/2018
With Keith Foster. 2nd Ascent.IWC13/02/2018
Peckforton point/bulkeley hill/rawheadLongwojo22/01/2018
7.2 mile walk from Gallantry Bank across the fields to Larkton Hills unmarked summit on heathland, then along the ridge to Raw Head trig and onto Bulkeley Hill searching for the top in the trees then back down to the car via Coppermine Lane. Drove to, Paid excessive price for and bagged Beeston Castle Hill afterwards.DanTrig13/01/2018
Parked next to church in Harthill at 10:30 pm. It was an eerie ascent in pitch black and thick fog. Owls hooting from the woods.thenomad18/12/2017
From Higher Burwadsley, out and back along Sandstone Trail dodging hailstorms. Better views from the crags about 500m north of the summit.Jake99425/11/2017
Short walk up from end of New Road on a good track. Some good views to be glimpsed through the canopy.jonglew05/11/2017
Parked at The Pheasant pub and followed the Sandstone trail, great views across Cheshire and into N WalesSihuws15/09/2017
spur of the moment decision to walk up to grab a county top and a trig while at Beeston Castleey up me duck04/08/2017
Parked at spaces just before (open) gate into Droppingstone farm. Follow track to woods, turn right at top of rise to trig. Overcast, mild, windy and good views.iangalbraith11/06/2017
AlanGlenford09/06/2017
Enjoyable circular walk from the top of Coppermines Lane-Harthill-Larkton Hill-Raw Head-on pleasant Spring day.With Catman.Oscar and Bonnie.rosiebridge23/04/2017
With Bridget,Bonnie and Catman.oscarrosie23/04/2017
With Bridget,Bonnie and Oscar.catman23/04/2017
On a round mostly on the Sandstone Trail from HarthillJim.Fothergill31/03/2017
With Minnie, from parking by Bickerton pool, up easy paths to Larkton Hill/Maiden castle, then Sandstone Trail to Raw Head & slight detour to Bulkeley Hill & to Stanner Nab for views & down to P at Beeston castle, Sun & some cloud, dry & breezy.apricorum20/03/2017
Short walk up through the trees from the north on a cold raw day. Surprised by the number of people about.Walker Dan22/01/2017
Parking: Lay-by SJ 51770 54197 on A534. Go NW through big gap in hedge past obelisk type structure to fence, then SW to Sandstone trail. Follow Sandstone trail on good footpath through woodland to summit.David Evans29/12/2016
Parked on triangle in minor road jct off A543 at Gallantry Bank and simply followed the Sandstone Way to the top. Escarpment views, including sandstone cliff made one want to do more of this way but this was a quick visit on the way home to Warwick from N.Wales. With, brother, Petepwheeler21/09/2016
On Sandstone Trailnickywood118/09/2016
Bagging YOSM YSM642 Raw Head. Lovely walk up to this along a good trail. Good view from the top.thejackrustles06/08/2016
Stonehouse Farm - Bulkeley Hill - Dropingstone Farm - Rawhead - Bulkeley Hill - Sandstone Way to Higher Burwardley - Peckforton - Stonehouse Farmbriandavies26/06/2016
With K and RM. Wonderful area we would never have found without hill bagging. Sandstone cave immediately below summit.Ashley26/05/2016
Parked on verge to the north of moss farm and took pf up to Sandstone trail. Handy flight of steps at steep point.mart079729/02/2016
Quick out and back from nearest roadhead. Wooded path well graded but muddy. Lots of walkers with free range dogs. Trig top. Super views.stig_nest27/12/2015
2/9 Quick walk up from entrance to forest. just up from village of Harthill. interesting feature on trig pillarFergalh09/05/2015
Highest point reached on a day out with the bike from Chester train station. A bit too hazy for the really long distance views but otherwise pleasant here today at lunchtime.Alex C07/02/2015
Larkton Hill, Hartill, Bulkeley Hill and Bickerton Hill Cold but Cleardentalchimp24/01/2015
Walked as a group part of West Bromwich Mountaineering Club Mitches Meet. Went into Pickerton Poacher public house.Baggieboy04/01/2015
As part of a 6 mile circular walk Raw Head and Bickerton Hill. Beautiful sunny conditions with snow on the ground. Meal at the Bickerton Poacher pub to finish off the day.Lazylizzie29/12/2014
With Jenx, parked up the lane before farm track. Pleasant path rises through woods to edge, followed to trig and superb viewpoint. Shame not still a Marilyn, better than most of those so called down south!nordicstar26/10/2014
Climbed with Bulkeley Hill and Larkton Hill, from BulkeleySprog25/10/2014
Summitted this morning as part of a trail run from Duckington to Delamere forest. Bright white trig at the top. Great views over the countryside from all along the trail.Chris92027/09/2014
Round trip from layby on A534, via Coppermine Lane, Sandstone Trail, etc. Warm, sunny spells, nice views from rocky outcrops along ridge to summit.ianandbarbara27/07/2014
A very clear path to follow from the road to the north. The trig point is very visible.JohnStoneham13/07/2014
Most recent of many visits. Easy access on the Sandstone Trail or other public footpaths. Great views to west and north-west.mikh4326/02/2014
Parked near top of lane going east from Harthill (508542) Easy and pleasant ascent through wood then right along the edge. Return same way. A pleasant half hour.ijpowell20/09/2013
Parked at SJ514539 and walked along Sandstone Trail to top. Delightful little hill and well worth the detour (on way to Snowdonia).Jacqdaw10/09/2013
With Lesley and Sue from Droppingstone Farm along the Sandstone Trail on a very warm evening. Excellent views and interesting sandstone cliffs.Newton Maximus19/07/2013
Numerous - 1986- onwardsDexter terrier01/05/2013
From Burwardsley.lenman07/04/2013
Second day on the Sandstone trail, in Blizzard conditions. Not long after I took a picture of the Trig point i fell over in a snowdrift near the edge, my ordnance survey map was blown over the precipitous edge. It took me an hour to trudge 100 metres as the snow was on average 21/2 foot deep. Two Australians used the tracks i had created to get through and we found the path to get another 200 metres but then i carried on as they descended down to the road and their car. I managed to get onto the field adjoining the path and then swing down onto it from a tree about 300 metres further on where a conifer wood had prevented the snow from building up too much. I managed to get down to the road eventually and i got a lift from a friendly local to my accommodation in Tilston.Dazingdale23/03/2013
One of many visits whilst in the Sandstone Trail area. Thought it was a Marilyn!Phreerunner03/10/2012
Walk from pub on a glorious day.bolton01/09/2012
Gravel lay-by on A534 opposite the end of Coppermine Lane Up Coppermine Lane for approx. 200m Path into Wildlife Conservation Area Sandstone Trail Raw Head Sandstone Trail to junction with upper part of Coppermine Lane Track past Grig Hill Fm Sandstone Trail over Bulkeley Hill Down tracks & Coppermine Lane back to car. (DB)gerrybowes01/07/2012
Third time I have been up it but not logged before. Nice mile and a bit up from the parking on the Sandstone Trail to the north. Lovely sunny day with good views.simon and co03/06/2011
Circular 7.99 milesmikependergast14/05/2011
Trig above interesting cave.PeteF03/01/2011
From Higher Burwardsley. adrianturner17/05/2010
Nice 3.5mile circular walk from layby on main road. http://www.heavyhorses.co.uk/humpsheavyhorses12/03/2010
with Tony and Elaine CiathosM0YDH11/08/2009
Done whilst geocachingtonibunny05/08/2009
easy walk from coppermine lane, good views.asbown04/07/2009
From the road to the north, follow the clearly signposted footpath. Nice 10 minute walk to the top and good views for a small hill.The Team30/05/2009
With Laura on sandstone trail in warm up for Braemar trip. SS01/05/2009
SOTA activation - easy walk on Sandstone TrailG4OWG28/03/2009
Got completely lost getting to the start-the Bickerton Poacher pub-but after that were fine. Along the Sandstone trail to Higher Burwardsely then back along the ridge to Raw Head. Lovely walk, lovely day, great views-despite the hail and sleet!WELSHHATTER200008/03/2009
Trig pillar, fine viewswebmaster07/02/2009
On Sandstone Trail weekend backpack with Lynseyalistairpooler31/01/2009
Regular new year walk when back in the north with familyPepandJen01/01/2009
Visited whilst caching.simocity11/11/2008
Pleasent walk an easy one to do in the winterG6MZX04/10/2008
Estimated dateSS01/08/2008
re-done with Jamie when it was still a proud Marilynvegibagger23/07/2008
After a trip to Chester Zoo, parked near the farm and strolled to the top with Liz. Seems a popular spot for couples...DanHolme15/07/2008
Approached from road to E of Harthill. Drove E from Harthill to about(509552) where path through wood joins road. Steeply up to sandstone caves just below ridge, then along top to summit (10 min). Sun with haze, views to Welsh border dbb12/02/2008
Part of a walk along the Sandstone Trail.rhalstead23/12/2007
Came up to bag a geocache/waymark.nolan02/12/2007
Climbed solo from nearby road. Explored caves just below summit.dhbond20/04/2007
parked at approx: SJ514538 next to phone box. Nice little walk, through wood to the top. surprising how many little crags there was.Jhimmy07/06/2006
for SOTAIan G7KXV24/05/2006
Pleasant summit, and unusual trig with embossed motif; very interesting sandstone cave in woods below.Aye Jimmy23/04/2006
Just about room to park on minor dead-end road to north. If you scramble up from this side (rather than using the path) there's a large hidden cave (too deep to explore without torches. Impressively sited trig on escarpment edge.wheresthepath22/04/2006
Nice gentle walk up from the south having parked near the telephone box. Take care is takling this one in the dark as there are some steep drop off the path and a cave at the summit.Father Ted04/04/2006
A nice little top with some spectacular sandstone cliffs. Trig BM S3124signyred03/01/2006
done when it was a proud marilyn, delightful wee walkvegibagger17/06/2005
#1 of 40 Marilyns (porior to its demotion) in 24h23, Brent Lynam drivingRHW12/03/2005
Very snowy when climbed. This was a Marilyn when we climbed this hill. Cave on summitChinnockC26/12/2004
Up from Coomb Dale over Sandstone Way path with the kids. Explored cave at top but over grown.robphys31/07/2004
What, no longer a Marilyn? Damn!Geoff Briggs10/01/2004
Ascended from the picnic area at Broxton to the west using the large network of footpaths in the area. yorkie15/06/2003
Parked at Harthill and walked north to drop to the correct height. Returned to Harthill and walked up the track to Droppingstone Farm. Just before the farm took the ridge trail to the trig. There were fine views back to the Clwydians in strong evening sungaryhoney12/06/2003
http://tomread.co.ukm1eyp16/11/2002
Footpath and trees from Harthill RoadEddie31/07/2001
Done on afternoon trip from locum job north of Liverpool. Did from minor dead end road to north.Dugswell204/10/2000
UnknownSidath1601/01/2000
Galltywenallt31/10/1999
From Hartland village. Shortcut up through wood to sandstone caves and WDP along rim. 15.45.arranc06/06/1999
cows grazing to E but lovely view W, dramatic scarp. park 508552, follow rd almost to brow, fp to ridge then S to TP RHW21/11/1998
KeithByTheC15/11/1998
1997.peter.stone01/01/1997
Part of Sandstone Trail racestever03/10/1993
petey01/01/1990
2 days solo walking the Sandstone Trail (19 yrs old)- route comes over summit -bus into Chester(only passenger) for YHA after 20 mile day at half way point, then back the next morning.Chris Pearson17/08/1982
My first ever and at the time my local Marilyn - until it got demoted! Exact date uncertain.Topographer5701/09/1963
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