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Name:Tom Smith's Stone Top
Hill number:2756
Height:637m / 2090ft
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:Nuttall
(N)
Grid ref:NY 65538 46674
Summit feature:tiny cairn with wooden post
Drop:15m
Col:622m  NY659470  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 86
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:summit about 100m SW from pool
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 221 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Black Fell, Tom Smith’s Stone, Grey Nag from Castle Nook.lenman18/07/2019
Followed the Nuttalls route via Grey Nag. Wet underfoot, cool windGary Heath24/03/2019
From U-bend in road to S. Good track to the mine, then across the rubbish. Black Fell first, and on to Grey Nag. Lots of peat hags to negotiate.jonglew15/01/2019
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 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 snowtomd421/01/2018
From Hartside via Black Fell. Bog and peat hags were much easier to cross than I had been led to believe. Route on western side of the fence from Black Fell, (which we used on return leg), seemed much easier.Winterfloodian10/08/2017
Walked over from Hartside café. Ground a bit damp in places despite all the recent dry weather. Headed out further west from the stone to the plane wreckage before heading up to here on the way back.Walker Dan31/05/2017
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
Started from Slaggyford then to Grey Nag, then onto Tom Smith's Stone Top before heading to Tom Smith's Stone, then back via Wolf Cleugh. Glorious day with clear views of Blencartha and Skiddaw. Started a cairn with 4 white stones and an old post - feel free to add to it (post will probably blow over)NorthernWayfarer23/04/2017
Walked on my own from Gilderdale Bridge. A fine spring day with plenty of sunshine. Not a very inspiring summit but easy enough to find. Didn't go on from here to Black Fell as the ground was very wet. Retraced my steps to Grey Nag. Missed the path down from there but soon heard traffic on the 689 and made my way there and walked back to the Bridge on the road.flockwatcher05/03/2017
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
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. the section from Toms to Black fell is about as bad as i can recall. on a par with Armboth fell, Cold fell and Kilhope law. Peat groughs deep enough to hide an elephant. i was knackered by now too so the summit came as a huge relief.. glad i'd done it then and not left it for the morning. trig at the summit with superb views. the way out to Thack Moor is a delight. overnighted just short of watch hill. the following morning was a tad cloudier and the lakeland hills swathed in clouds. but still dry here at least. easy climb up from watch hilstig_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
Too hot! Serious dehydration as we tried to run and didn't take enough water.jenx26/07/2014
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
Left tent on Black Fell at 8am, walked out to Thack Moor, back over Watch Hill and down into the Croglin. Up to TS's ST to Grey Nag then back along the ridge to Black Fell. One of the remotest feeling places I've been to in England, gorgeous country to be in on a hot day.Jake99424/07/2014
Black Fell, Watch Hill, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Grey Nag, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Black Fellronaldo33302/03/2014
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 Grey Nagiredale30/11/2013
Climbed from Hartside to Black Fell, then Grey Nag via Tom Smith's Stone, then back and across to Thack Moor via Watch Hill. Climbed with Jack.meltdiceburg31/10/2013
On way to Grey Nag from Black Hill, passing through area of peat hags. Summit grassy, no features, near fence.Aye Jimmy10/09/2013
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel and Alfie.Dangerous Dave16/07/2013
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. Continued to Grey Nag.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 then Grey Nagg. Easy to miss, took a large fence post as the approximate summit. The route before was not the best!Fisky Boy01/09/2012
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke01/09/2012
Across from Grey Nag and on to Black Fell. If you blink you miss this one!tsharp19/08/2012
Start ~ 646418. From Black Hill, some deep peat groughs and bog in this section. With Wombourne & Lynette.steve hudson25/06/2012
CJM16/01/2012
With Alison. Followed the Nuttalls' recommended route from Grey Nag.davidpettit8428/08/2011
From Hartside Cafe over Black Fell then onto Grey Nag, very boggy- deceptively deep bogs- between Black Fell and Tom Smith's Stone. In the rain.nevans8425/06/2011
KeithByTheC10/06/2011
I bagged this on the way from Black Fell to Grey Nag then returned the same way.PauloUK7722/01/2011
Cant remember what was here I just followed the fence line over the boggy moorland...Mc Tango14/09/2010
From Black Fell. Increasing haggs but dryish today.mick02/06/2010
From A689 Gilderdale Bridge.Marshsand08/10/2009
petey31/07/2009
Hardly a top!johnjennison20/07/2008
Followed Nuttalls book route. Nearly missed the top as it not clear. From here to Black Fell very very hard bog trot as they'd been heavy rain previously and bogs were glowing black!Jhimmy06/07/2008
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. Top itself unexciting but the Stone is worth a visit.andy18/11/2007
The 1st half from Tom Smiths to Black Fell is pretty bad. I did it ina fairly dry spell and took my wellies - needed them. If had been wet for a while waders would have been more suitable.destaylor17/09/2007