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Name:Freeholds Top
Hill number:2820
Height:454m / 1490ft
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Calderdale (UA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Aire, Mersey
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Liverpool Bay, Land's End to John o' Groats, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m)
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4)
Grid ref:SD 90600 21881
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:155m
Col:299.3m  SD 8856 2144  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 103
(1:25k) OL21S
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 267 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Solo from car park at Trough Gate, then as per Lazylizzie's route.ADT17/01/2019
Lunch run from Holden Gate up mainly track to trigpoint with pool.N.Morters16/01/2019
From Shawforth. Descended to mines on east side and continued to Brown Wardle Hill.Nick Caunt08/01/2019
From Shawforth. Misty on top.gettingonabit06/01/2019
With my daughter from Shawfoth, had trouble finding beggining of footpath. From dissused workings (quarry) on map to Knowsley Farm (nice people showed us how to go through, NOT being sarcastic)to Rosendale Way. Along top then small footpath to top, rain and strong winds but brightened at the top. Same way down, due to styles needing repair good views.Walkingthedog19/11/2018
on an 18 mile walk from walsden, miserable weather for mostAvidSockWearer16/09/2018
From Walsden train station on the way up to the Yorkshire Dales.Mark Jackson30/07/2018
From Ramsden Wood Road, up a side valley,eventually onto the Long Causeway and over Rough Hill to the top,Path straight down and return by the delightful Ramsden Wood Clough.reaper06/05/2018
From Shawforth following same route as Jon Glew mentioned.assynt_bob02/05/2018
A lovely walk north along the undulating ridge to a gleaming white trig, next to shimmering blue pool. Ground frozen so boots delightfully unmuddy. Exhilarating and extensive views over wild moors and industrial valleys in cold Easterly wind.HP on grassy tussock c 15 p S of trig.From Watergrove reservoir CP.Denise 25/02/2018
Up hill from church at facit to summit of brown wardale hill then over to freeholds top and down to shawforth. Back along road to facit. 2hr roundLongwojo18/11/2017
From Shawforth. RoW through residential housing starting at SD 8918 2075. Then farm tracks most of the way. Nice sunrise on summit.jonglew08/11/2017
From the SW, took a Gander via Shackleton, footpath fades beyond here, but easy enough. Parked on loop road which runs around the chapel.Minto05/11/2017
4/5M from the east,above walsden, parked end of inchfield road, track most of the way.robertphillips03/11/2017
Parked at the wind farm entrance on the main road North and followed the Limers gate path almost whole way to the top. Following the misery of Hailstorm hill this summit was actually more than half decent. A fine view even though what remained of the day was draped in mucky clouds.stig_nest05/09/2017
From Shawforth, up via Shackleton to access area.rhalstead20/08/2017
Circular walk via Gorpley Clough.berksbantam29/07/2017
From Shawforth, parked on side street at 892205. Row to crest of hill, passes through Knowsley garden, friendly people. Overcast, mild, windy and good views.iangalbraith11/06/2017
Circular from Clough Fold with DelvaNeilb01/06/2017
Sunny with excellent views.Winterfloodian02/04/2017
Encountered this summit during The Calderdale Hike - a 38 mile tour of the South Pennines...Phreerunner01/04/2017
Calderdale Hikemickdavidson01/04/2017
5th and final hill of the day on a route from the Rosehill House hotel in Burnley to Walsden, climbing Crown Point, visiting the Singing Ringing Tree, White Hill, Thieveley Pike and Carr & Crags Moor then dropping onto the Todmorden Centenary Way (TCW) to the A681, continuing on the Rossendale way but branching off again on the TCW with great views to Gorpley reservoir albeit misty. I continued on track that profiles around the hill gradually arriving at the summit. Descent via TCW but continued in Easterly direction over Weather hill to reach Foul Clough road then i branched off on a fp terminating at a house, went through gate climbed steep gap in their wall and went N to reach a track and then took fp down past beautiful wooded ravine with waterfall and moss cloaked trees descending into Walsden to arrive at the station.Dazingdale19/02/2017
On a moorland walk from Walsden to Waterfoot.alistairpooler15/10/2016
On my own from Trough Gate. Unable to find path down from Dry Corner Farm (messy place with dogs).Phreerunner21/09/2016
Day 2 of a linear walk from Rawtenstall to Hebden Bridge. Day 1 was Cowpe Low, Hailstorm Hill and Top of Leach to Whitworth, where I stayed at the Red Lion (good food and beer). Day 2 was along the ridge to Freeholds Top, then on to Hebden Bridge, via Walsden, Rochdale canal, Warland, and Stoodley Pike. Good rail and bus links from Buxton and Manchester make this a great walk.Gill12/09/2016
6/6 Last of six on foggy than sunny day (Ingleborough/Simon Fell/Simon Fell North Top/Park View/Carr and Craggs Moor/Freehold Top)Fergalh17/07/2016
Watergrove and back Sunny with a little breezedentalchimp05/06/2016
Mankinholes - Stoodley Pike - Warland Resr - Warland - Shore Moor - Freeholds Top - Walsden - Langfield Edge - Mankinholesdavidpettit8422/05/2016
With K. From Trough Gate car park. Friendly locals at bottom of hill. Aggressive Shetland ponies on ascent and final farm before summit ridge was like a post apocalyptic nightmare.Ashley01/05/2016
Parked in Whitworth not realizing there is a large parking area past the church and golf club at about SD 891175. Walked along Rochdale way then track to trig. Slightly off route by following new road (scar!!) to windfarm.mart079725/03/2016
train to Todmorden.IanHHill24/02/2016
With Evan & Alfie. From the parking area on the high point of Bacup Road. We also bagged Hogsheads Law Hill (445m)- I wonder why this hill isn't a Tump?Dangerous Dave09/01/2016
Wet and very very windy.SS29/11/2015
With Cabe, you can drive up Inchfield Road in Walsden and there is a bit of just as it becomes un -metalled. With Cabe.simon and co19/09/2015
With dadCubags19/09/2015
With Nic. From Gorpley Clough.andrew larkins09/08/2015
Parking available on the main road opposite the old chapel (corner of Eagley Bank). From here follow the side road to the gate (next to a workshop). Pass through and turn immediately right to a bridle gate. On reaching the upper two farms (one with a button operated gate) there is a concessionary path leading through the gate and left into a paddock where the legal line is picked up again. This avoids the farm yard and friendly horse/sheep.moorsman11/06/2015
Start from Gauxholme (by the rail bridge)along the A681 then start our ascent throgh the base of Gorpley Clough - narrow deep green exotic with ash / oak / beech / butterflies / ferns / cascades. Out of the top across the Gorpley reservoir dam wall onto Weather hill with its brown grasses, cattle and pylons. We follow a gritstone wall to the summit past its Trig and pond. Chat to Whitworth SKYLINE walkers on Counting hill (with its aero generators under construction). As the cloud and rain envelopes us we drop down old tracks with ruined walls back to the reservior. Taking the top path we look down Goreplay Clough (an unexpected delight).briandavies17/05/2015
With Jo, from Walsden: Inchfield Road, Foul Clough Road to Freeholds Top. Weather; high cloud, mild, good visibility.amblerbob16/04/2015
From A681 on Todmorden Moor (SD 87100 22662), on a snowy day. Write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/freeholds-top-and-hail-storm-hill.htmlGayle08/12/2014
From Freeholds Road in Shawforth. The map from this site is clearer than the OS, I found.clivevilla02/12/2014
TrigPeteF31/05/2014
Pleasant enough easy walk (though 4 miles return) from near the top of A681. Stoodley Pike and Calderdale were highlights of the view- over towards Manchester would have been good as this top is on the Irwell- Calder (so main Pennine) watershed, but increasing drizzle obscured that view. Another bit of Rossendale Way after Cowpe Moss, earlier this afternoon. Looks worth exploring a bit.pwheeler17/04/2014
Started in Shawforth. Took the farm road/track which starts from just below the garage, about 10 metres north of Freeholds Road. At the end of the track near Shackleton Farm headed east and crossed 4 stiles before reching the trig, a total distance of 1.3 miles. (Solo)gerrybowes22/01/2014
From layby on A681 via Limers Gate on Rossendale Way.bolton21/01/2014
CJM21/01/2014
Done solo frrom Watergrove and then back for Brown Wardle.Aimless Rambler12/01/2014
Climbed up from Freeholds road in Shawforth. This is on the left as you come along the A671 travelling towards Whitworth and there's a tall chimney just before it which makes it easy to spot. Follow the rough road up and join a track and its an easy 40 min walk to the top. Freezing cold and windy at the top today, with some hail, but still some good views. Must be lovely in summer.Lazylizzie09/01/2014
454mThe Grouse23/11/2013