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Name:Killhope Law
Hill number:2738
Height:673m / 2208ft
Parent (Ma):2714  Burnhope Seat
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU), Durham (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Tyne (Newcastle), Wear
Watershed:Tynemouth, Wearmouth
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Grid ref:NY 81917 44844
Summit feature:no feature: heather
Col:625m  NY799431  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 86 87
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:summit is about 20m SW of 30ft pole; ground 45m E at NY 81966 44848 is as high
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 261 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
As jonglew. Followed shooting butts downhill. Good plastic track covers the bog.Campbell Singer04/01/2020
Roadside parking at NY 8148 4587. Track to disued mine then a line up the hillside. Took a direct line back to car.jonglew17/07/2019
Trudged up over rough ground from Hill Too b&b.lenman22/06/2019
Used Nuttalls route from The Dodd. Returned to Nenthead via road and track.dgresty21/06/2019
Climbed using the Carriers Way from Killhope. Decent views for a North Pennine summit. Headed across to Middlehope MoorGary Heath09/06/2019
parked at NY8147245887 followed the path to its end then over rough heather snowing with Andycolinfielding08/03/2019
With Colin, from the summit of the Allenheads Rd, up the track to the quarry and acroos the heather to the top. Came down via the shooting butts track - much easier.bevandy11408/03/2019
ran up and down it 3 times... 15 mileswillow28/12/2018
Middle one of 3 on N side of Weardale, dryish above, but wet underfoot.IanHHill04/11/2018
Ascended from the north in cloudy conditions. Started with the track to the shooter's hut and then followed streams for much of the way to avoid tussocks. The aerial by the trig point is now flat on the ground. Best feature of the hill was the large cairn to the south east of the summit.JohnW20/10/2018
Ran up and down twice. (will add garmin details later)willow13/07/2018
Started from Killhope Cross. Followed the old border fence between Durham and Cumbria until reaching the cairn which marks the tricounty border of Durham, Cumbria, and Northumberland. Then more or less followed the border between Northumberland and Durham to the summit. Lots of peat hags bigger than 6ft in height and lots of very marshy/muddy pools to navigate. Do NOT do this route in the wet. After summit, dropped down the other side via the Carrier's Way to Killhope lead mining museum and then followed road back to the car at Killhope Cross. You might save on ascension on this route but it is one of the most difficult ways of bagging this hill.NorthernWayfarer17/06/2018
Parked at the high point of the Coalcleugh-Allenheads road, opposite teh track that heads towards Killhope Law. This leads to a shooting hut, from where we took to the open slopes to the summit. On the way down the kids enjoyed playing on the large snowbank above the hut. With JT and HT.Sprog21/04/2018
From road to the north via track to shooting hut. Soft snow but sunny and excellent views.Winterfloodian08/01/2018
Minus 5C blue skies light covering of snow. Climbed via Stangend from Killhope visitor centre. Interesting large cairn, unfortunately the large pole has snapped off leaving 1 m stump.John Lee08/12/2017
From high point on road - rubbish weather but bagged something!SS28/10/2017
The summit of Killhope Law was visible from the road, but the path on the map appeared not to exist. I walked eastwards to the summit of the road and found a shooting track leading south to a green shooting hut amidst spoil heaps. Having climbed up the side of a spoil heap I continued upwards but found no path until I reached the summit ridge, straddling Northumberland and Durham. After weeks of rain the summit plateau was a quagmire, with the trig point surrounded by little pools. The 30-foot pole which once marked the true summit lay on the ground. To the west lay Cross Fell, whose summit was clear, but Great Dun Fell and Little Dun Fell were in cloud. Surprisingly, I heard a gunshot. On the descent I discovered a plastic-lined shooting track which was virtually underwater but easier than tramping through bog.peter4lc12/10/2017
From Killhope CrossSlash330/09/2017
Easy approach up the Carriers Way from East Allen Dale. Lovely sunny day and fine views.milimana08/07/2017
Walked from Allenheads with Hannah and Corinne. Misty and windy but at least it wasn't raining. The sun came out on the way back down. My last English Nuttall,(except for Pillar Rock) so this walk was good fun in spite of the mist and wind.flockwatcher10/06/2017
Parked at Lanehead and ran up to mining museum before taking the footpath opposite and climbing to the summit. Loved the views of the Western hills and the eastern view towards the coastmadaddo04/06/2017
From minor road to the north.Alan Caine03/06/2017
More or less direct approach from mining centre. Most of the pole is now horizontal.ger24/05/2017
Start point start of Carriers Way near Dirt Pot/Allenheads. Followed Carriers Way to shooting hut then push to the summit. Lots of Grouse butts and there may be problems during grouse shooting season because you leave the right of way to make the summit.NorthernWayfarer07/08/2016
2nd peak on wet and misty day based on Nuttalls route climbe SE on W side of Bridge Cleugh follwing Quad bike tracks to top of ridge. Spent 10 mins working out which way to summit when cloud lifted and pole appeared 30 yds away- due to time descended SW to Kilhope Crosscelticrambler03/05/2015
With G. Parked on A689 near bridge over Killhope Burn then up to Black Hill > The Dodd > Killhope Law via Coalcleugh then back to A689 at mining museum on path & back up road.RT197018/04/2015
From Bridge Clough, no sign of a path.mick24/11/2014
hated this hill by the time i was off it. must have not been paying attention and missed the mesh the other folks talk of. had an 'interesting' wander through what seemed like miles of peat hags some over 3m deep. relieved to get to summit area. whats with the pole? - descended to the road and walked back to head of pass on tarmac. unlikely to come back without a helicopter.stig_nest20/09/2014
From top of Nenthead - Allenheads Road Track to mine and mesh covered path - then off piste to pole, trig and cairnBramley18/07/2014
From Cowshill over Middlehope Moor, Stangend Rigg and Killhope Law. Return via Killhope and the Weardale Way.rhalstead20/04/2014
Middlehope Moor - Stangend Rigg - Killhope Law - Stangend Riggronaldo33305/04/2014
parked at NY815459, straight up and down through pathless heather and tussockdicky bird23/03/2014
Killhopehead Bridge - The Dodd - Killhope Law - Middlehope Moor - Cowshill - Weardale Waydavidpettit8414/09/2013
From head of Nenthead-Allenheads road to N. Track towards mine then almost a km of plastic mesh track to about 300m from summit. Summit area has tall wooden pole, trig and large cairn.Aye Jimmy31/08/2013
From East Allen Dale, with plenty of parking by the bridge, up the Carriers' Way (Track). This was very easy underfoot, metaled as far as Round Hill and then grassy to the Shooting Cabin a few hundred metres from the summit.TeasyChris10/05/2013
After The Dodd. Return to Nenthead via offroad cycleway from Black Hill.squeegs21/04/2013
Across from Middlehope Moor and then on to Dodd.tsharp20/08/2012
Climbed solo from the road at Black Hill.dhbond27/06/2012
After The Dodd. Took lane up moor from Coalcleugh, then south to summit. On descent to Killhope Cross followed path from cairn - good at first, but petered out in peat hags. Then very hard going indeed back to Killhope Cross and A689!Man of Kernow125/05/2012
Parked in old quarry at the head of the minor road 1½km NE of Nenthead – Follow fence & wall and then head N. for 300m across moor to summit of The Dodd – Reverse to quarry – Followed track & then across moor to summit of Killhope Law – N. to minor road and picked up by PM. (PM,CM)gerrybowes17/04/2012
Walk 1: Nuttalls' Killhope Law Route; Walk 2: Flinty Fell; Walk 3: Cold Fell. Amazing clear blue skies, no wind & all bog frozen solid. Enjoyed amazing sunset from Cold Fell, with views across inversion to Lakes.AGWilliamson13/01/2012
4th of 7 'tops' on anticlockwise round of Weardale head from Cowshill. Fairly easy from E thnx to tracks of grouse-feeder's 4x4 but route to Killhope Cross via "3 Shires Head" certainly hard going. Lunched @ the best summit north of the A689 at 12.15pm.signyred25/08/2011
5 kms i walked to get to this hill across babies heads Turbo Tango26/07/2011
A big cairn with some sort big pole sticking out of the ground marks this top..Mc Tango26/07/2011
Stok Kangri Reunion. Left The Dodd for another day.ruthatlast17/07/2011
Parked at 568 high point to NNW and and made my way across the moor to unmrked high point and then visited the pole, trig point and cain before going back same way.Father Ted02/07/2011
From the roadside at Shivery Hill via a shooting hut, but better to head straight up the line of shooting boxes which I used as a route back down.Fisky Boy15/05/2011