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Name:Arbury Hill
Hill number:5393
Height:224.3m / 736ft
Parent (Ma):2869  Cleeve Hill
Alternative top: (Big Hill - Staverton Clump)
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Northamptonshire (CoU)
County (CoH):Northamptonshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Northamptonshire (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Severn, Wash
Watershed:Greater Thames Estuary, The Wash, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, The Lizard to Dunnet Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Severn Estuary
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top,
Grid ref:SP 54009 58778
Summit feature:no feature
Col:123m  SP662929  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 152
(1:25k) 206
Comments:Hump and County Top twinned with 7892 Big Hill - Staverton Clump
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  • Northamptonshire (1974) administrative county top (joint)
  • Northamptonshire historic county top (joint)
  • Northamptonshire current county/UA top (joint)

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 188 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
See log entry by raymondwilkes (19/10/2017) for advice about access.webmasterblank
ARBURY HILL IS CLOSED DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN. I did not climb it. Staverton Lodge farm NN11 3DA is on a tiny single track road, by a little duck pond. I found Roger to ask permission, but he says he's not allowing walkers up during the lockdown (touching gates etc.) I'll come back another day.JemR20/05/2020
Tried to locate the farmer for several minutes before attacking the top but with no luck, so then decided to climb a gate accessing the fields to the hill and top anyway. Sodís law then dictated that once part way up, it would rain ....... torrentially, giving just desserts for not obtaining permission beforehand! Top ticked off though.acolling14/08/2019
Followed bridleway and path to summit.Ramblingpaul22/07/2019
Walk with Pete + Joe after Miglia Quadratopenbet24/03/2019
Permission given by Farmer at Staverton Lodge. Parked by bridleway. Simple walk to the unfenced summit area. Solo.Dangerous Dave11/03/2019
From north, with permission.jenx04/01/2019
Repeat with Jenx and Bryher. Got permission from Roger the farmer at Staverton Lodge beforehand. Directed up the motor cross tracks with parking in the gateway. Great crisp and clear morning for the summitnordicstar04/01/2019
Quick walk up to the top on a sunny day - along bridleway from road to E, then climbed up S slope of hill (no fences).twg2729/10/2018
Solo. Continuing my completion of Jonny Muir's book. I called at the farm for permission however dogs were not keen on me so I left and walked anyway. I did flag down a farmer but it was not his farm... He was chatty though. I also followed the bridleway around the hill to get back to the car. Highlight was a helicopter landing in the garden of the property close to the BW as I entered the field of maize.Buck29/09/2018
Solo. From BW to south of summit. Follow fence line. BTW if seeking to bag Sharman's hill too, take it from the main road as others suggest, as no access from the footpath to the house on north side. 1 of 5 Northants hills today: Badby Down, Arbury Hill, Big Hill Staverton, Newnham Hill and Borough Hill.Pete West16/09/2018
6th tump of 7, climbing Badby Down, Golden Hill, Hinton Hill, Blackdown and Sharman's Hill. Descent to intercept track heading to minor land near Longridge farm then minor lane to Markleys and Fp NE heading towards Staverton....Dazingdale15/09/2018
Bagged this on the way home from a few days work in Birminghammagirob13/09/2018
Daventry - Borough Hill - Newnham Hill - Everdon Hill - Badby Down - Arbury Hill - Big Hill - Daventry.Mark Jackson26/05/2018
With E. Access permission obtained. Lovely spring day. Up to summit from gate on minor road which is entrance into moto-cross events which the land is occasionally used for.Beeliner21/04/2018
Parked on the side of the road through a few field up to race track and hill summit.jmistry8630/01/2018
Overcast, warm, quite pleasant, from bridleway, on to Sharman's Hill.Wycombe Wanderer22/12/2017
I had a good walk from Braunston to Newnham via Arbury Hill. I called at the farm for permission and the farmer was very friendly and helpful. He objects to people going on his land without permission but is happy to give permission. He worries about dogs and litter as he has had problems in the past with both. I would recommend getting permission and leaving the dog at home on your Arbury Hill day. Ask at Staverton Lodge, Northamptonshire, NN11 3DAraymondwilkes19/10/2017
Lovely walk from west along gated road past Staverton Lodge to Badby. Climbed hill from North by field edge. Cows in field on top. Good viewpoint.trimarc231/05/2017
I parked to the E at the bridleway, and followed it along to where the motocross track is visible then followed GPS to summit, not the most inspiring of hills.griefmiester24/05/2017
easy up from field gate just to east of farm ... soggy underfoot but nice views from top.keithelliott23/03/2017
2nd visit after a 24 year absence - seemed a shame not to add it by minor extra effort from NE fp as heading to Sharman's Hill; and it made for a full sweep of all 18 Northants TuMPs in a day. Motocross course is used about 4 times a year according to the web. At 9.00am I was probably before Keith arrived -chasing the historic county tops in a year according to his hb entry.Chris Pearson23/03/2017
Grassy slopes from the bridleway. Great views. Hill fort or natural?RichardM16/02/2017
Up from Badby via Bunkers Hill and path to south of summit, then up to explore flat summit, lots of cows around.pdantic01/11/2016
With Katy. Very sunny great views from race track!George Thompson23/05/2016
With K. Easy access from north with some parking. Observed iron age or Romano British pottery in scars of dirt bike trails. Assume from shape this is a Roman fort. Glad people are having fun outdoors on their bikes.Ashley19/05/2016
This made a good walk of it: Bunkers Hill-Arbury Hill- fp E of Konigsee Farm- Bunkers Hill- Bunkers Hill- Badby Church- Badby Wood- Badby. No problems with access off ROW. No need to try and find parking in Badby, a delightful village with a road layout long pre-dating motoring.pwheeler05/04/2016
I climbed the hill with my son James. It took sometime to find a suitable place to park and set off from. We were in the van which I didn't want to take up the very muddy bridleway that is mentioned in one of the guides. It was a sunny, dry day but with a very cold, sometimes blustery, strong wind blowing. We were warm enough in our jackets although our hands got a little cold, especially James's as he was carrying two natural walking sticks he'd picked up. We didn't have suitable footwear but it was easy enough going although we did get a little muddy. Very enjoyable outing.GrahamD30/01/2016
The weather was dry but a very cold wind blowing. I climbed the hill with my Dad. It took 41.43mins to reach the top. It was a 2.65km walk. I did not record the decent.JamesD30/01/2016
Short walk over fields. On way homenickywood112/12/2015
Loz & Biblozinworcester08/12/2015
Parked on grass verge by BW. Veered off BW at appropriate point to gain top of hill. Good views.PeterD09/09/2015
As Wayne. No access problems.ngthack22/08/2015
on of two Northampton by far the better hillmaltose17/08/2015
Time for a rant if country folk are against the right to roam for fear of the damage done by walkers just check out Arbury hill and see the damage done there!Walkers would never treat the countryside like that.Go to Staverton clump instead its much more pleasing to the eye. If you must see Arbury hill head out of Badby going towards Banbury take the turning on the right and head down the lane till you find a bridleway park on the verge and follow the bridleway until under the race track you cant miss it the summit is here somewhere time to get the gps out!WAYNE ROWLETT16/08/2015
The gate was open and I was able to drive almost the whole way to the top... no trespassing - it was the weekend of the local Moto-X clubs races. Very noisy but spectacular and accommodating of the strange man who wanted to dash to the summit in the quiet period between heats. A big contrast to the tranquil Staverton Clump (7892) half an hour earlier (photos...
Tash With Big Hill from east and bridlewaypigerg31/05/2015
10/10 Last one of long day, two tracks from minor road to north doth a pleasant circular walk can make !Fergalh07/03/2015
After sunset about4.30 this hill is twinned at 225m with Staverton clump to the north which is much nicer hill. That need a survey.vegibagger16/01/2015
Rescued lambs on way up! Pleasant stroll along quiet hills and a motorbike scrambling circuit on the top. No obvious peak. Coffee at Towcester, Ben and Mariemcf15/01/2015
Stupidly I arrived without a map and ended up climbing the hill to the east by mistake. Fortunately I realised my error when I spotted the off roading track on the next hill. So I plodded back down to the car, drove further up the road, parked by a gate and took a direct route to the real county top through the bullocks and sheep. A much better county top than the young pretender to the north.Herbert Anchovy05/11/2014
Parked on grass verge opposite start of bridleway at SP548588. Easy walk up to Arbury Hill then across scramble course to bag summit. Accompanied to top by curious sheep and cows. Good views from top, nice short rustic walk.The Gardener17/10/2014
Parked in Badby, took the path past Konigssee Farm and turned up towards Arbury Hill. Walked in both directions along the path running to the south of the hill - but there is a fence with no obvious route to the summit. Eventually jumped the fence and bagged the summit. Only when we walked back did we see that there is a path not on the map which gives full access off the Badby to Catesby road. With Dorothy and Helen.callumorr08/08/2014
Parked on lane by gate to the east, approached from the south - quick walk up the hill and around the flat top amongst the sheep and nettles.Biffin13/06/2014
Walked from Hellidon village east then north to the bridleway. From the bridleway a short walk north (off the right of way) leads up to the summit of Arbury Hill. Rained all the way.Skip08/05/2014
Proper walk this time , wary of some of the comments about farmers etc approached from the south From Hellidon followed road to bridalway ,past strange air vent things then off path quick scramble to the summit lots of sheep about on the race track .Haygalzer17/04/2014
Parked at side of minor road at SP 54798 58777. PROW until due S of summit, then short trespass along a field boundary to the top. Hilltop is broad and flat, no obvious summit.jonglew23/10/2013
start from a small farm road east of Badby. short walk through fields and over a scramble bike course.mcallmar04/10/2013