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Name:Thorpe Fell Top
Hill number:2803
Height:506m / 1660ft
Parent (Ma):3682  Cracoe Fell
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire (CoU)
Class:Subdodd, Clem
Grid ref:SE 00850 59690
Summit feature:rock 4m NW of trig point
Col:477m  SE001593  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 104
(1:25k) OL2S
Observations:ground 130m SW at SE 00775 59575 is 0.6m lower
Survey:Leica NA730
Survey of Thorpe Fell Top and Cracoe Fell (Final).doc
Comments:Replaced by 3682 Cracoe Fell in June 2008. Appears to lack sufficient drop to qualify as a Dewey.
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  • aka Burnsall and Thorpe Fell
  • Replaced by Cracoe Fell on Marilyn/Dewey lists

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 176 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Thorpe - Thorpe Fell - Cracoe Fell - Elbolton - Thorpebriandiggle06/03/2020
Parked at Embsay reservoir and ran up to Cracoe Fell then Thorpe Fell and down to Upper Barden reservoir before the pull up to Brown Bank. Then dropped down to Embsay Cray before returning to the car.Fellhugger24/11/2019
Wandered over to this summit after bagging Cracoe Fell. Had a jelly baby to celebrate. I think it was a green one.cockwomble24/11/2019
Parked at Embsay reservoir and ran up to Cracoe Fell then Thorpe Fell and down to Upper Barden reservoir before the pull up to Brown Bank. Then dropped down to Embsay Cray before returning to the car.cackleberry24/11/2019
Connecting Thorpe Fell to Cracoe Fell direct across the moor is best done starting at Thorpe Fell. Leaving the summit there's a very poor path for about a third of the way then just pathless heather. But eventually a stone post marks the start of another path for the final third. Doing it from the other direction there's no landmark to find the path at the Thorpe Fell end of the route so you'll probably end up doing two thirds of it across pathless heather.ijpowell26/04/2019
Up from Thorpe to visit the trig point first before heading onto the monument.Father Ted14/04/2019
From Thorpe, parking around the green. Track most of the way, break across hideous moor at 000600 point. Sunny and warm.iangalbraith22/02/2019
3rd top of 8 today on a route from Grassington to Skipton climbing Elbolton and Kail hills then over to track via gate and conrinuing Sw when grassy track veers Se. Weird optics, everywhere else looks higher. Continuing on to Cracoe Fell...Dazingdale29/12/2018
From Cracoe to Linton via Cracoe Fell top, Thorpe Fell Top and Elbolton.summitsup10/12/2018
After Cracoe Fell. No obvious paths from track to top but ground not too rough.squeegs27/09/2018
Burnsell (Parked by Bridge) - Numberstones End - Old Mine Workings - Thorpe Fell Top summit & trig (506m) - Cracoe Fell summit and Oberlisk (507.8m) - R (Rylstone) /C (Cracoe) Boundary Stones - Upper Barden Reservoir - Standard Hill - Gill Beck Tarn - Air Scar Crags - The Owl (Sculpture) - Burnsell.briandavies28/12/2017
from Cracoe Fell path less walk to damage trig pointiannotts30/09/2017
From Halton Heights cp via Cracoe. 150minutes to here. My 500th Pillar. Whats left of it.. quite an interesting top with all the weathered rock. Wouldnt fancy being up here in mid winter though. Miles back to the car now.. a weary trudge.stig_nest06/09/2017
6 tops today and this was the toughest due to slogging through heather or to my poor route finding!trimarc223/05/2017
Solo Circuit of three topsAimless Rambler22/05/2017
5/6 Yorkshire hill bagging day Fifth of six (Skipton Moor/Sharp How/Brown Bank/Cracoe Fell/Thorpe Fell Top/Greenhow Hill Top)Fergalh13/11/2016
From Thorpe village.bevandy11425/09/2016
From tent at Peters Crag. Slog through heather on bee line to trig which is crumbling a bit.mick22/09/2016
Thorpe Fell - Cracoe Fellronaldo33323/07/2016
12.3 mile circular from car park at Halton Moor walked up to Halton Height (High Crag), then followed lane up to Brown Bank, across to the cross then onto Cracoe Fell (Watt Crag), walked back down wall to another lane then cut across heather to Thorpe Fell Top trig, cut back to lane then followed lanes to Upper Barden Reservoir dam back to the car park. Bagged Sharp Haw and Rough Haw earlier that day.DanTrig11/02/2016
Parked on B6265 just south of Rylstone and just north of where the track leaves the road. Climbed Cracoe Fell and then went across to Thorpe Fell Top - the last part was across the pathless moor which, as far as pathless moors go, was not too bad. Need a compass and GPS though.clivevilla18/12/2015
with Rosey. Done under the impression that this was still the Marilyn, only to find that I'd already done the new Marilyn years earlier.IanHHill05/08/2015
As part of a circular route of High Crag, Brown Bank, Cracoe Fell and Thorpe Fell Top. Straightforward in terms of access and navigation.JohnStoneham17/05/2015
Solo. Grouse Moors. No dogs allowed on this Access Land.Dangerous Dave03/04/2015
Up fromThorpe.Good paths to hut,then a bit of a slog-worse,I imagine,later in the year.Good views.catman27/02/2015
with Cracoe Fell(qv)pwheeler18/04/2014
Parking alongside the walled village green in Thorpe. Follow the walled lane to where it meets the moor where a track starts, via the old pits, to the shooting track. From here it is a 15 minutes heather bash to the summit trig,moorsman31/01/2014
Up Burnsall fell race route to lodge with Imperial College Fellwanderers. Ran solo to trig, return same route.Edgemaster16/12/2013
With Jo, circular walk from Halton Moor: bridleway to Brown Bank, path by wall to the Memorial Cross Cracoe Fell (Obelisk), across fell to Thorpe Fell Top, descending NE to tracks pass Barden Reservoirs. Weather; sunny, cold wind, very good visibility.amblerbob04/11/2013
From Cracoe Fell, went cross country for a couple of kilometres and up to the trig. Great views over Grassington and beyond.DanHolme05/10/2013
Started on Back Lane, Burnsall, then tough scramble up the fell close to where the fell runners go. Along the tracks at the top and short hop across the heather to the trig point. Descent via tracks towards barden reservoir, then cut along side of the wood back to Burnsall Road - tough to find footpath, so lots of thick heather and high bracken to work through - tough!Donks4226/07/2013
From car park near Halton Height.lenman18/11/2012
Started from Rhylstone Church and completed on circuit with Cracoe Fell.martin_hall15/09/2011
Halton Moor, Embsay Moor, Rylstone fell, Rylsone Cross, Cracoe Fell summit, Thorp Fell Top, Upper Barden Reservoir, Lower Barden Reservoir. Dry, breezy good visibility occasional sunshine.PaulH25/05/2011
From Cracoe village - took track and wandered easily up to Thorpe fell Top (old Marilyn), then contoring track around to obelisk on Cracoe Fell. Back over rough ground an 'In Fell'? to track out of village.nordicstar17/04/2011
A fantastic 13 mile circular walk from Embsay in fine weather. The views around were superb and this has been one of my favourite walks.Ramblingbadgers09/04/2011
Re-completion 8 years later since my original English Marilyns completion (on IOW) following switch of marilyn status from Thorpe Fell Top to Cracoe Fell. A long moorland walk with Lesley from east up past reservoirs and along again to Thorpe Fell Top to complete a circuit.Chris Pearson23/10/2010
Walked up from Burnsall via Thorpe on the way to visiting Cracoe Fell which had replaced it as a Marilyn. yorkie11/11/2009
Well worth tackling this and Cracoe Fell looks spectacular from here.Moore10007/04/2009
Featureless upper area after delightful bridleway / track from Thorpe. Cracoe promises to be considerably more pleasant.G4OIG30/09/2008
Parked beside road triangle in Thorpe. Bridleway, then straightforward ascent through deep heatheragentmancuso18/04/2008
heathery top up from thorpe villagegigglejon28/06/2007
Trig revisit. SOTA guy transmitting from the summit, 16 contacts in 90mins (none from other hills). Cold & intermittently raining - 5mins was enough for me. War meml on Cracoe Fell also worth a visit (rumoured to be a Marilyn twin top).RHW18/11/2006
Skipton to Cracoe via Crookrise & Rylestone Fell trigsMac.Hawk07/10/2006
Burnsall was heavy with traffic and no parking spaces. So parked at approx: SE035604 next to a wood. A path lead through wood, then some tricky navigation on moor land to Thorpe Fell.Jhimmy27/08/2006
Thorpe Fell Top and Cracoe Fell from Cracoe.Eddie17/07/2006
Ascended because at the time this was the Marilyn and I was not sure that I had visited it on a previous visit to Cracoe Fell in October 1982.JohnW14/04/2006
on bike!!! for SOTAIan G7KXV20/02/2006
From near Garrelgum to E. Detour to upper reservoir on way back.Aye Jimmy05/02/2006