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Name:Great Stony Hill
Hill number:2721
Height:708m / 2323ft
Parent (Ma):2714  Burnhope Seat
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Durham (CoU)
Catchment:Tees, Catchment Boundaries, Wear
Watershed:Wearmouth, Tees Bay
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:NY 82361 35933
Summit feature:ground by trig point on opposite side to cairn
Drop:54m
Col:654m  NY811364  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91 92
(1:25k) OL31W
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 280 users)ByDate of Ascent
Following the fence from Great Stony Hill and then follow the fence down and across the track and onto Three Pikes.JulieB23/06/2020
From Burnhope Reservoir via Burnhope Seat and Hardwood Common. Followed fence. Wet under foot - peat hags and bog. Passed some old mine shafts. Returned via old road Grasshill Causeway. Excellent summit for views.NorthernWayfarer20/06/2020
with Anthony Falkenburgvegibagger26/05/2020
Parked by track to Grass Hill farm. Great Stony Hill, Three Pikes, back up the road.PGCE17/05/2020
Roadside parking at start of track at NY 81319 35101. Good track before branching off across good going to top. Thick mist.Campbell Singer05/01/2020
Roadside parking by gate to track on B6277 to SW. Up track to old mine workings then across moor to summit of Great Stony Hill. Followed fence down to track then onto Three Pikes through several deep ditches and boggy ground.mart079709/08/2019
Roadside verge parking (NY 8217 3423). The RoW shown on my 25k map very tenuous. Dropped down to Three Pikes via Causeway Hill for a 6k circular walk.jonglew25/07/2019
As per Nuttalls' 10.1 minus Three Pikes. Lovely clear day and vey dry underfoot.milimana23/05/2019
From Burnhope Reservoir, Nuttalls route without Three Pikes. Sunny but very wet underfootGary Heath17/02/2019
2nd try at Nuttalls Burnhope Seat circuit also failed. Time pressure made me omit 3 Pikes, and after doing this one I fell in a bog, spent 10 min squeezing out socks and gloves before continuing, but then was texted by K to say she'd broken her wrist, so had to abort the rest and go home. Another go next year, hopefully.IanHHill05/11/2018
Parked by the Burnhope Reservoir and followed the Grasshill Causeway. A short detour brought me to the summit. Walk continued to Three Pikes.Sprog15/09/2018
Nuttal routeSlash312/05/2018
Lovely day, with LindaJohn Lee14/04/2018
From Burnhope Reservoirlenman01/04/2018
Oops! Trying to bag Burnhope Seat. Nice sunny/snowy walk with Sal.davechaffey02/02/2018
Climbed in the snowtomd420/01/2018
From B6277 via track. Sunny with soft snow for last 400m to trig point.Winterfloodian07/01/2018
A damp and overcast day for the walk up from Burnhope Reservoir. Continued on past the trig to make a circular walk back to the start. Mainly on tracks with the odd pathless and boggy section but not too bad. More tracks being made around these parts so the going may get easier in the future. An 8.5 mile walk altogether.Walker Dan04/12/2017
By descending a short way from Dead Stones I picked up a bulldozed track leading down to Burnhope Burn, which had to be forded, and a shooting hut, after which it climbed again. In hindsight, when I got to the ridge, I could have carried on going and then taken another track from Manor Gill to shortly before the summit; but instead I followed the fence line, which was even wetter than the approach to Dead Stones, and I fell over on a muddy bank out of a peat hag. At least there were views of Burnhope Reservoir which I would not have seen from the lower track. The summit is marked by a whitewashed trig point.peter4lc27/10/2017
Miners' track from B6277 passing near Grass Hill Farm to near path high point then 340 metres of dry moor to summit. Then relatively dry moorland plod to Three Pikes then back to B-road.Dugswell201/07/2017
A purgatorial Pennine plod in heavy rain, fog and cold wind, the circuit from Burnhope reservoir. Up the path from Stripe Head, across the moor to an ATV track leading to Highwatch Currick, along the wall and then the fence. A bit of path, but numerous bogs and hags to avoid. Brief respite from the weather at the Dead Stones hut, then struck out across peat bogs and hags to Burnhope Seat. A brief section on wooden pallets at the most gruesome section avoids drowning. Found the trig and the top, then through interminable bogs to the delightfully dry and hag-free Great Stony Hill, the best top of the day. There's a fence all the way, contrary to the map, so navigation is dead easy. One last massive bog and then an easy descent on the track.Gill29/06/2017
Reached with a little detour whilst walking the Northern Crossway, a up and down from the track.WAYNE ROWLETT20/06/2017
on ridge walk from Burnhope Seat to the track SE where there was lots of barytes spoil; down track to B6277... and more; see Burnhope Seat for log of walk. Unusually dry underfoot made the entire high level section very pleasant.pwheeler06/05/2017
Approach from Burnhope Seat. Nice top, good views - have made a number of previous visits on a cycling day out.ger23/04/2017
Solid cairn and a nice viewpoint for the area. Best ascent probably via track. 2nd of day. SoloTom D07/04/2017
Started at Burnhope Resorvoir parking on the NE end of dam. Walked along N side of resorvoir to the far western end. Took track leading up the hill side to Green Laws and Highwatch Currick. Battled with into the wind to Dead Stones and into the low cloud. Welcome stop in the shelter on Dead Stones before continuing to south to Burnhope Seat, Scraith Head, Harwood Common, Scaud Hill finishing on Great Stony Hill. I returned via the rough track down to Grasshill Causeway and the resorvoir.axe.stephen19/02/2017
Walked on my own from Burnhope reservoir. Sunny with a lovely breeze. This is the easiest peak of the day to bag but you still have to watch where you are putting your feet or they could end up very wet and peaty.flockwatcher20/04/2016
Mike, Frank and SueBheinn10/12/2015
SR,MW, NBFrank10/12/2015
FR SR & NBVin10/12/2015
FIFTH CONSECUTIVE FINE DAY AT ALSTON BASE CAMP. DROPPED OFF ON B6277 BELOW THREE PIKES AND REASONABLY EASY ASCENT EXCEPT AT TOP. DOWN TO COLL AND EASY OVER GREAT STONY HILL. THEN LONG BUT STRAIGHTFORWARD TRUDGE TO HARWOOD COMMON AND QUICKLY ON TO BURNWOOD SEAT. SUMMIT IS NOT AT TRIG POINT BUT 200+ METRES WEST OVER POOLS AND REEDS - UGH! QUITE BOGGY ON TO DEAD STONES, THEN EASY DESCENT WEST TO BE PICKED UP ON MINOR ROAD AT END OF FOREST.BURGESS29/09/2015
camped at roadend above Burnhope res. a blustery night! easy walk up to shoulder of hill - if you were a bit daring you could probably drive all the way up. walk across marshy approach to cairn and trig topped summit - extensive views. just bloomin windy. far more enjoyable though than what lay in wait for me - three pikes.stig_nest11/05/2015
2nd peak following Nuttalls route on wet and misty daycelticrambler03/04/2015
With 3 pikes from Burnhope reservoir in gale force winds and driving snow and hailisabelle01/04/2015
Nuttall walk 10.1. Trig Pillar newly painted.mick13/09/2014
With Jo, circular walk from Burnhope Reservoir: Grasshill Causeway to Great Stony Hill, Scaud Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat – Trig Point, Burnhope Seat, Dead Stones, returning over Highwatch Currick. Weather; sunny, light cool breeze, very good visibility.amblerbob24/07/2014
parked at NY809355 and walked along the road to the track. Easy access up track and follow new fence line from the col straight to the summitdicky bird26/03/2014
Three Pikes - Great Stony Hill - Harwood Common - Burnhope Seat - Burnhope Seat(trig) - Dead Stonesronaldo33322/03/2014
With Mag and Glen. Parked on B6277 at track junction leading to Coldberry End. Up here to summit trig point. Did not fancy the bog trot to Three pikes so descended to take in Three pikes from Hill Top. More ascent but a better option.iredale27/11/2013
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave31/07/2013
Evening hike up from Burnhope Reservoir to Great Stony Hill, over to Scaud Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat, and Dead Stones, before returning to the reservoir as it became dark. Beautiful sunny evening, peat bogs mainly dried up, did not see another soul. 20Km, 459m total ascent.VirtualMountain18/07/2013
With G. Nuttalls' route from Burnhope Reservoir dam > Three Pikes > Great Stony Hill > Harwood Common > Burnhope Seat > Dead Stones > Lamb's Head > Burnhope Reservoir.RT197004/07/2013
Miners' track from S gives easy approach. Nice summit with trigpoint and cairn. Traversed across to Three Pikes, fairly easy at first then progressively rougher going amongst peat hags.Aye Jimmy02/06/2013
Started too early today, waited in the cloud on top from 10:30 to 11:30 but no view. The cloud finally lifted about 12:30 and the afternoon was sunny.TeasyChris06/05/2013
Round of Three Pikes, Great Stony Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat and Dead Stones.rhalstead18/02/2013
Parked at Dam of Burnhope Reservoir – Grasshill Causeway – Near head of pass head SSE to Three Pikes – Back to head of pass – Great Stony Hill – Harwood Common – Burnhope Seat Trig point & summit (no feature) – Dead Stones – SW across moor – Track by Burnhope Burn – Path along N. side of reservoir – Car park. (PM,CM)gerrybowes05/11/2012
CJM05/11/2012
Nuttall's route.clivevilla02/09/2012
Across from Three Pikes and then on to Harwood Common via old mines.tsharp23/08/2012
Nuttall route 10.1, with Alison. Easy going from Coldberry End once we'd got back across the bog from Three Pikes.davidpettit8429/08/2011
Followed the Nuttalls' route. It is very dry at the moment, so the going is easy - I would advise going to do these now! (Or next time it's dry... Would be awful after a wet period!) Nice summit this one. With Dad.AGWilliamson30/07/2011
Stok Kangri Reunion. A bit of a plod this one, but then my back was hurting and I was feeling sorry for myself.ruthatlast16/07/2011
After Three Pikes, this was a doddle and one where the trig point is actually on the high point. Great day for walking and didn't see another person all day.Father Ted03/07/2011
ollowed the Byway from the B6277 to Coldberry End and then a short climb to the summit.Fisky Boy18/05/2011
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke18/05/2011
See three peaksdianepick30/04/2011
Climbed from road after descending Viewing Hill. Windy and boggy on top but prominent easy to spot trig point for a change.nevans8427/10/2010
As Nuttall route except Three Pikes which is one top too many on this fairly horrendous bog trot. My advice is to do it after a dry spell in the middle of summer!David Gradwell09/10/2010
Round of Great Stony Hill and Three Pikes from sheep shearing station on the road. Bog navigation between the two. Swallows still about.Eddie26/09/2010
Cold wintery day - wet underfoot, strong icy winds and blustery showers with sleat. Good little rocky summit - nice to get the feet out of the soggy mire for a few hundred metres of walking.andrew larkins28/03/2010
With Three Pikes. Parked by roadside on B6277 by farm track at NY 813351webmaster18/03/2010
KeithByTheC11/03/2010
Not actual date as no log kept. Burnhope Reservoir, Three Pikes, Great Stony Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat, Dead Stonesijpowell01/03/2010
Circular walk from roadside opposite wall north of track to Pleasant Hill. <BR> <a href="http://stevejsmith56englishnuttalls.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/grasshill-common.html" target="_blank" >Route details walked</a> <BR> Including statistics, map, photographs and walk description.SteveSmith09/02/2010
From grid ref. NY814351Marshsand07/10/2009
Overcast all day, dry cool breeze on tops, As Nuttall's guide book but started near the gate up the road, rather than going through gates to road over Burnhope reservoir dam.joseph mitchell18/09/2009
Nuttalls route in reverse (except Three Pikes). Cold, lots of frost and ground frozen, but still a bog trot! Previously done on 20/11/2005Jhimmy30/11/2008
Third ascent.thenomad01/10/2008
Start ~ 813351. From Three Pikes, weather turned vile, heavy rain and very strong winds. Had snap behind a wall on the summit and thought the pub would be a better option. With Wombourne.steve hudson30/09/2008
Climbed solo from Cowshill via Burnhope reservoir and Three Pikes. Continued to Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat (2 tops) and Dead Stones.dhbond08/10/2007
Followed track from the South. Easy. Usual mess for last 300 - 400 metres.destaylor01/10/2007
On route from Burnhope Seat to Three Pikes. Definitely the best summit and most interesting hill of the lot!signyred10/08/2007
With Jo, circular walk from Burnhope Reservoir: Grasshill Causeway to Coldberry End, out and back to Three Pikes, Great Stony Hill, Scaud Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat - Trig Point, Dead Stones, returning over Highwatch Currick. Weather; sunny, warm breeze, very good visibility.amblerbob31/07/2007
RHW02/06/2007
Dry/sunny conditions,very easy walk from Alston road. Even managed to get Margaret to join me !!Angus05/05/2007
very windy / snowy with plenty of snow on the groundgigglejon18/11/2006
petey16/07/2005
Alone, using bus & train to get to Allenheads.Grinner10/04/2004
BogtrotPeteF27/12/2003
topjohnfwoolley21/09/2003
Second ascent.thenomad19/06/2003
GGIdris03/11/2002
Parked at side of B6277 near to Harwood/Ashgill Head and was able to follow a track almost to the summit. yorkie12/03/2000
Properly named High Field (Bridge) - climebd in looped track from road below just prior to Xmas eve '99nordicstar23/12/1999
First ascent.thenomad17/10/1998
As nutall 10.3, trig point in open moorlandRhayader_wander15/03/1998
Solo. Fourth of nine peaks on a 25-mile day. Great weather, great views.mikejacobs15/02/1997
Galltywenallt26/05/1996
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
Climbed with Phil - snowed later in hikemavero1001/06/1989
Re-parked on B6277. Followed track up the ridge past an abandoned farm house and gentle grass slopes to top. Specimen of galena. to Three Pikes.arranc24/04/1984
From NY 845 392 to NY 850 329 picking up Nuttalls. 1999/2000?summitsupblank
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