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Name:Grey Nag
Hill number:2747
Height:656m / 2152ft
Parent (Ma):2707  Cross Fell
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Western Fells
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU)
Catchment:Tyne (Newcastle)
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:NY 66481 47603
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:40m
Col:616m  NY650462  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 86
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:trig point and large conical cairn within 2m of each other
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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13.3 mile circular from Castle Nook farm. Walked along Pennine Way south towards Alston then followed walled track onto the moors, climbed over easy walls onto Park Fell Summit and trig then left summit enclosure under barbed wire in broken wall, followed pathless but fairly easy ridge onto Benty Hill (all fence crossings are easy not barbed after Park Fell), then ascended Hartside Height onto Black Fell, followed broad ridge to Tom Smiths Stone Top Nuttall then Grey Nag, the numerous bogs on the way are still fairly dry at the minute. From Grey Nag descended east pathless at first then ATV track to Little Heaplaw, and descended steeply down to road, along road back to start. High Cloud/sunny, unsurprisingly saw no one all day.DanTrig04/08/2018
SoloAimless Rambler28/06/2018
From Alston Via Bently Hill and Black FellCoxswain20/06/2018
Via Nuttall routeSlash302/06/2018
Parked just off main road NW of Castle Nook. Up RoW then across to Little Heaplaw. Then following fence/wall to Grey Nag and Tom Smith's Stone Top plus a few other minor tops. Return route took me over Great Heaplaw.Dugswell217/05/2018
Climbed in the snow.tomd421/01/2018
From Hartside via Black Fell and Tom Smith's Stone. Terrain was much easier than expected!Winterfloodian10/08/2017
From ample parking near telephone box by A689 at Castle Nook (NY 69577 49046). Grey Nag > Grey Nag N Top > Tom Smith's Stone Top > Tom Smith's Stone. Back same way avoiding repeat ascent of Grey Nag by skirting the summit to the south. Fairly easy terrain with no peat hags!David Gradwell28/04/2017
My second time up Grey Nag from Slaggyford on my way to bag Tom Smith's Stone Top (missed it last time because of adverse weather). Glorious day this time.NorthernWayfarer23/04/2017
Black Fell, Tom Smith's Stone Top and Grey Nag from Hartside Cafe in strong winds. Mostly pathless except quad bike marks but fairly easy going except for peat hags between Black Fell and Tom Smiths Stone Top which could be quite bad in wet weather.clivevilla07/08/2016
Start point Slaggyford. Followed track to hunting lodge then the grouse butts up to the fence and then followed the fence/wall to the summit. Looks like you could have problems during Grouse shooting season but other than the 60mph winds... no problems.NorthernWayfarer07/08/2016
I took the Pennine Way from the A689 as it passed through woodland, over a stream and through a muddy field to skirt round a Roman fort, where I left the Pennine Way and passed through a gate onto open moorland. The path disappeared, and above 1,500 feet I was walking through snow. Route finding would have been impossible had the day not been clear; as it was, progress was slow, aiming for fences until I finally reached the summit. Here there was a network of walls and I had to explore them all before finding one with a gap sufficient to let me through to the trig point. I more or less followed my own footprints downhill until the snow stopped, and had to wade through mud again before reaching the sanctuary of the woodland.peter4lc11/02/2016
THIRD CONSECUTIVE CLOUDLESS DAY AT ALSTON BASE CAMP. FOLLOWED NUTTALLS' WALK 9.8 FROM WHITLEY CASTLE UP LONG DRAG TO GREY NAG, THEN EASY WALK TO TOM SMITH'S STONE TOP BUT VERY BAD BOG ONTO BLACK FELL. THANKFULLY NEW BOOTS PROVED TOTALLY WATERPROOF BUT VERY SLOW GOING. THEN HEADED OFF OVER EASY TERRAIN TO NEW TOP AT THACK MOOR AND DOWN TO RENWICK WHERE PICKED UP BY WIFE. GLORIOUS SUNSHINE AND VIEWS ALL DAY.BURGESS28/09/2015
Walk to complete the English Nuttalls with Dad. Final one was Fiend's Fell.AGWilliamson26/09/2015
from Croglin. up well made tracks and out and back to Blotting raise. followed tracks as far as Lawyers cross then peat, heather, rough grass and water to Tom Smiths stone passing remains of D.H. venom. Dropped pack at toms and out and back to the nag. Not hard by any stretch of the imagination. just a tad wet and had been a long day. Trig and Cairn embedded in wall mark top lovely evening views. then off to Black Fell with a camp somewhere beyond.stig_nest25/07/2015
Parked in layby alongside telephone box. Headed SW past Whitley Castle Roman Fort on th Pennine Way to a track heading towards mine workings on Whitley Common. Long cling up to Grey Nag where the sheep shelter provided shelter from the strong wind. Then SW following boundary wall and fence to Tom Smith's Stone Top and then SE following boundary to Woldgill Burn then Gilderdale Burn to the footbridge an Pennine Way back to the start. 13km 440m ascent.axe.stephen18/02/2015
From Hartside up to Black Fell and along to Thack Moor. Fantastic views over to Solway Firth. Doubled back to Watch Hill and then down and up to the ridge between Black Fell and Tom Smith's Stone. On to the summit and then to Grey Nag, then down to where we'd left another car on the A689. Back to Hartside Cafe in time for tea and scones!ruthatlast09/08/2014
W Jenx. Very dry spell, took on the whole group as a fell run tour. Black Fell, Watch Hill, Thack Moor then back to Watch Hill and down into the cut with direct ascent to John Smith's Stone top then Grey Nag. Back over Black Fell. All bog areas dried out, but a very hot day which sapped energy, especially the hags on way back to Black Fell. Hart side cafe very welcome 3.14 hrs later! Great circuit and views.nordicstar26/07/2014
With G. From A689 lay by at Gilderdale Burn. Followed track along burn to Pennine Way then left PW west of Whitley Castle to follow track to Whitley Common > Grey Nag > Tom Smith's Stone > Black Fell returning via Gilderdale Burn.RT197025/07/2014
Black Fell - Thack Moor - Croglin Water - TS'S Top - Grey Nag - Black Fell. The sheepfold structure provided welcome shade during the heat of a very hot day. There's a useful water supply at Watchcurrick Spring, where I accidentally disturbed seven owls.Jake99424/07/2014
Black Fell, Watch Hill, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Grey Nag, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Black Fellronaldo33301/03/2014
As Black Fell.iredale30/11/2013
Climbed from Hartside to Black Fell, then Grey Nag, then back and across to Thack Moor via Watch Hill. Climbed with Jack. Found Grey Hag cache.meltdiceburg31/10/2013
From Black Hill and Tom Smith's. Fine summit, rocky with trig and large cairn built into wall.Aye Jimmy10/09/2013
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel and Alfie.Dangerous Dave16/07/2013
Slaggyford followed tracks and wall to summit, headed off east. Snow on top but surprisingly warm behind the trig up here.Walker Dan28/02/2013
From Harbut Law, a round of Gray Nag, Tom Smith's Stone, Black Fell, Benty Hill and Park Fell.rhalstead17/02/2013
Climbed Solo from Hartside Café via Black Fell and Tom Smith's Stone.dhbond08/10/2012
Hartside Café – Black Fell – Tom Smith’s Stone Top – Grey Nag – Reverse back to Hartside Café – Track towards Twotop Bridge – After about 400m head S. along signed path past Cairn – Fiend’s Fell – Little Knapside Hill – Knapside Hill – Melmerby Fell – Reverse back to Hartside Café. (Solo)gerrybowes01/10/2012
From Hartside via Black Fell and tough going before Tom Smith's Stone Top. Fencing works in progress after Black Fell provided a bit of a track but thereafter good luck!Fisky Boy01/09/2012
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke01/09/2012
Got dropped off at Whiteley Castle/Pennine Way and up to Grey Nag. Fantastic views today - The Cheviot, Southern Uplands, virtually all of the Lakeland Fells and Cross Fell. Great cairn and wall as well. On to Tom Smith's Stone.tsharp19/08/2012
Start ~ 646418. From Tom Smiths Stone Top, easy walking in this section. Descended east passed the Roman fort at Whitley Castle and on to the road. With Wombourne & Lynette.steve hudson25/06/2012
CJM16/01/2012
From Alston with Alison. Followed the Pennine Way then the Nuttalls' recommended route.davidpettit8428/08/2011
From Hartside Cafe via Black Fell and Tom Smith's Stone Top. Some very boggy sections, in the rain!nevans8425/06/2011
KeithByTheC10/06/2011
I reached the top of Grey Nag after completing Black Fell then returned the same way back to the Hartside Cafe.PauloUK7722/01/2011
Another wet Turbo Tango14/09/2010
Trigpoint here I followed a bearing to this sumit as it was low cloud & damp!! I just walked across babies heads & grass....Some shelter stones at the summit! So I sat there & had a brew.Mc Tango14/09/2010
From hartside via Black fell and Tom Smiths Stone Topmick02/06/2010
Also highest point in the former county of Hexhamshire. Parked in small layby near Howgill Rig on A689 to East, then a long slog up and back through pathless, boggy heather. Hard work, not entirely sure the summit was worth it!wheresthepath19/04/2010
From A.689 Gilderdale Bridge.Marshsand08/10/2009
petey31/07/2009
RHW03/08/2008
Good cairn at the topjohnjennison20/07/2008
Followed Nuttalls Book route. Very little problem getting to Grey Nag, after that it's a bog trot.Jhimmy06/07/2008
Round of Black Fell and Grey Nag from Hartside cafe.Eddie16/06/2008
Circuit from Hartside to Grey Nag/Kirkhaugh/Alston with the cloud at 450m and lots of snow on the ground. Good path as far as Black Fell but patchy to non existent beyond that. Descent along fence line to quarry and then A686 near Kirkhaugh Cottage. Darknandy18/11/2007
Bit damp in parts from here to Tom Smith but not as bad as Tom Smith to Black Fell. Wellies very handy.destaylor17/09/2007