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Name:St Catherine's Hill
Hill number:5440
Height:239m / 784ft
Parent (Ma):2914  St Boniface Down
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Isle of Wight (CoU)
Island:Isle of Wight
Maritime area:Hants & Dorset - Portsmouth & Wight
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
Grid ref:SZ 49388 77274
Summit feature:tumulus 35m S of trig point
Col:112m  SZ517762  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 196
(1:25k) OL29E OL29W
Observations:trig point is at SZ 49386 77305 and is c 1.8m lower; fb is 35cm above trig point base
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 125 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From car park, easily up to Oratory, HP and then trig. Great views on a clear day.PeterD07/07/2020
Started at Buddle Inn, down to St Catherines Lighthouse (open for visits), up the very steep cliff to the old lighthouse at the top. Then back down to the pub for lunch. Fun but wet and windy day! With the AAA London walkers group.Nick13/10/2019
Nice walk up to summit. Parked in Car park opposite footpath. With Justine and Michael. Great view across the island.One man Bucket 12/08/2019
Out and back from car park, hazy views this morning.rhalstead30/03/2019
Parked at Upper Blackgang Chine CP and walked up to St C's Oratory, the Pepper Pot, and stood on Barrow next to it. With Katherine! Of course!IanHHill24/03/2019
From Viewpoint car park up permissible path to Oratory, trig and summit (went over to mast for good luck too). A Spitfire did a fly past as I descended - highlight of the day.SS30/10/2018
Straight up from the car parkMoorponder23/09/2018
Benchmark on the Oratory for a bonus.ngthack12/09/2018
Great little hill.twg2717/06/2018
Mountain bike using service road/track from southtrimarc206/06/2018
Repeat with Jenx and Bryher from CP bit further up hill. Delightful buttercup meadowsnordicstar15/05/2018
Winter ascent, self and Peter, in an easterly gale and drifting snow. Up the track on the south ridge to give us a line - path on SW side obscured by snow and sledging kids.Invicta1418/03/2018
With K. Nice short ascent to unusual church towerAshley11/03/2018
Done on a damp and misty afternoon. After bagging the tower. Plus a little bit of cheating on a near by geocache but that's another story. My first and only hill on the island,Anthony Vosper27/09/2017
Climbed to get the info for a geocaching multiey up me duck26/08/2017
TD C & HThis Dog25/08/2017
Short walk up from the car park on A3055. Surprised to hear the sound of screaming from a roller coaster down below.webmaster19/04/2016
9/10 Ninth of many on the mainland and the island....(Devils Dyke/West Hill Boundary/West Hill/West High Down/Tennyson Down/Headon Hill/Harboro/Brighstone Down/St. Catherines Hill/St. Boniface Down)Fergalh02/04/2016
Arrive in fading evening light and a bitter N wind. A fine summit, exceptionally clear views, Isle of Purbeck visible out to W. A trig point, old light houses and comms mast to explore. High point is grassy tumulus.RichardM14/02/2016
From car park on A3055, very windy!tim74702/02/2016
. CreakingHiker02/02/2016
From car park to the south on A3055, in bracing wind. Better views than county top. Another repeat from an earlier holiday before records began.Newton Maximus05/12/2015
From the lay by and past the cows to the top. Best extensive view on the I.O.W.Play2End09/06/2015
Up from picnic area.Chris Peart30/06/2014
Final day of Isle of Wight weekend. 14 hills, 55 trigs 23 benchmarks, 27 miles, knackered! Think we saved the best for last. Lovely little hill, short walk up from large car park on A3055 to S. Then on to Hoys monumnet further N. Summit is on the barrow, or next to it if that's deemed man-made.jonglew12/05/2014
Parked off to the south on layby and used track to gain summit architecture. Nice trig and chapel remains. Back down FP towards CP and roadside parking. Lovely day now.nordicstar14/04/2014
With GFE and Bertie BromptonFionalevey05/04/2014
Quickly up from car park. Great views all directions.squeegs05/09/2013
Great weather and good views. Done as a qucik nip up whilst doing I.o.W Coastal Path.Adrian11/08/2013
CP and ROW to top. Top is not trig.chrisbien22/04/2013
With Cabe. Best top on the island with great views all around. Can park off road by lane leading up from the south which is a permissive path.simon and co23/02/2013
Walked up from road to the south. room for couple of car. Paragliding hill.DARRENG11/11/2012
The trig point isn't the highest point, there is a mound of earth next to the oratory... We bagged both!LydiaB06/05/2012
Walked from the road with Mary, also noted mound slightly higher than the trig pillar, so naturally visited all locations.Glenelg06/05/2012
On grassy path to the top with Patricia. Mast. High point of HuMP a little way from column 2521. Oratory Tower is nearby.arranc13/02/2012
Whilst on CHA IoW holsjohnoz19/01/2012
Mi.sty morning between buses. The bus driver looked bemusedMartin R23/08/2011
From carpark to S. Across fields and up to tower. Trig in next field. Nearby knoll may be higher.Aye Jimmy04/11/2010
Climbed while staying in Ventnor.Man of Kernow102/05/2010
With Clairegarth8728/12/2009
Climbed from car park to south in thick sea fog. Startled by first cows and then a spaceship looming out of the mist at us. Spaceship turned out to be the rather splendid oratory. High point is clearly the large burial mound to SE.wheresthepath23/09/2009
St Catherine's Hill, Kingates, Niton, Coastal Path, Whitwell Road, VentnorMac.Hawk05/07/2009
Easy walk from S. Oratory / Pepperpot interesting. Seems higher between the trig and the mast - but probably isn't.destaylor13/12/2008
With BBWs on walk from Ventnor to GodshillCrib Goch14/05/2008
High point is just by the trig point.clivevilla27/04/2008
climbed with thomas and albertrob_s_smith15/02/2008
Parking due south on the main road, short ten minute climb great views if a bit hazy nowRhayader_wander04/02/2008
Third HuMP of six on rest day from FMD Guildford, from view point car park, wall to wall sunshine.Dugswell204/10/2007