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Name:High Birkhow
Hill number:16289
Height:125m / 410ft
Parent (Ma):2427  Seatallan
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Western Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Class:Tump (100-199m)
Grid ref:NY 14134 04339
Summit feature:small circular stone structure
Col:68m  NY144052  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 26 users)ByDate of Ascent
NW from the RoW following the forest boundary wall. No walls or fences to cross, or dwellings to approach. Lovely hill.Moorponder31/12/2019
From youth hostel, waiting for reception to open. Accessed woodland via roadside gate (NY 1422 0423).jonglew05/04/2019
Short sally off road before Wasdale hills, interesting to see what's become of the old farmnordicstar27/02/2019
all delightfully free of undergrowth in mixed pine and oak, easy access from lakeside path. Bonus hill after Seatallan; from road to NE.Denise 31/12/2018
Coda to day on the high fells. Someone's been doing some fantastic work clearing rhodos but the wretched things are sprouting all over place, which must be soul-destroying. Pulled up lots of fresh shoots around the summit. Back to Wasdale YHA.Wycombe Wanderer29/09/2018
High Birkhow from GR: NY 14296 04278ronaldo33327/10/2017
Followed David G's descent route - excellent. Wall is easier to climb 5m from its corner.jimbloomer16/05/2016
As the farm obviously won't always be unoccupied and that approach is far from easy with the bracken and awful gorse, a better ascent of this hill is the way we came down. It also has the bonus of good verge parking at NY 14286 04264. From this spot walk back along the road for c80m to a gate on the right into the wood. Up through the wood to reach a wall. Don't climb over till you are directly east of the summit as from the south the ascent would be too steep. Once over the wall the ascent is rough but very short and there isn't much gorse. Ground c15m NW of the small circular stone structure could be as high. Circular structure is definitely not a cairn but could be made into one? As for the NE top: map evidence suggests it's lower and there is no way of Abneying between them so, unlike Aye Jimmy, we left it well alone.David Gradwell27/08/2015
Farm and holiday cottages still deserted so into yard and over gate to R. Followed top edge of wood around to near summit, up through gorse and bracken to strange circular cairn on top, as others have noted. Ground 5m W may be higher. Then discovered gorse can be avoided by continuing another 40m or so behind wall then up. Went to NE summit: crossed activities clearing in Beamhow Wood. Adventure trail with blue topped posts from NY 14178 04464, through hacked rhododendrons to crest nr NY 14242 04562 with boulder nearby. The last 25m are through densely packed trees. Left a 'smiley face' on mossy tree stump at possible summit NY 14251 04546. Higher than original summit according to GPS device, for what that's worth. Easiest approach to this area probably 50m beyond Youth Hostel entrance, gate into Netherhow Wood then tracks uphill to the aforementioned clearing passing Snighow Wood sign. Or further up the road there's another track going into the wood...Aye Jimmy25/08/2015
With RHW before BG support. Parked at farm entrance, up for sale and unoccupied. Walked around ROW and then up hill through bracken and gorse above farm. Interesting circular cairn on top, now rebuilt.nordicstar04/07/2015
Revisit, with Rick, straightforward as farm currently unoccupied, interesting place, includes a couple of self catering cottages. Didn't visit NE summit, which is 1m lower on 1:10k map. Then to Wasdale Head for a faster than usual canter along BGR Leg 4 with Joe Williams, who did the Bob Graham in a rather sprightly 20h 51RHW04/07/2015
Foolishly attempted both tops.peebs07/05/2015
SW summit 125m on 1:10k, Gorse. NE summit 124m not visited. fiddly access from SW, close to farm, boggy; gorse avoidable. However the summit area is access land.RHW13/05/2012
Rambling Ray05/11/2017
Colin Crawford01/04/2017
Edwin Gradwell27/08/2015
Dave Geere15/03/2015