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Name:Pilot Hill
Hill number:5461
Height:286m / 938ft
Parent (Ma):2906  Walbury Hill
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Hampshire (CoU)
County (CoH):Hampshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Hampshire (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Test, Thames
Watershed:Greater Thames Estuary, Land's End to Dover, Dover to Cape Wrath, The Solent
Class:Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top
Grid ref:SU 39799 60190
Summit feature:no feature
Col:241m  SU390609  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 174
(1:25k) 158
Observations:ground by trig point 110m SE at SU 39875 60111 is c 80cm lower
Survey:Abney level
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  • Hampshire (1974) administrative county top
  • Hampshire historic county top
  • Hampshire current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 213 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
1st of 3 tumps on a traverse from Kintbury to Bedwyn stations. Lovely Spring sunshine. First the train from Newbury then minor lanes, passing Hell Corner, West Woodhay house and church and following fp upto the Wayfarer's walk. I followed the route up just past the woodland before easily walking up into field to explore the summit and then over to the trig with nice views of a large spreading tree on the other side. I wandered around this levellish top before re-tracing steps and continuing to Walbury Hill...Dazingdale22/03/2020
Walked on from Walbury Hill, good views NE. Could see the top of Didcot Power Station with binoculars.jarmin4504/01/2020
Wayfarers Walk from Walbury Hill, turn right into field to trig point.gazgib31/12/2019
Approached along the bridleway from Faccombe, left on the Wayfarer's Walk and then up the side of the little copse to the trig.Eggletina27/09/2019
Along track from east, then tramlines through crop.PGCE28/08/2019
Combined with walk to Walbury Hill. Found this trig point difficult to find in the corn field but got it in the end.acolling12/08/2019
Visited by party of 14 on Tim's birthday circular walk. Started at Crown & Garter pub in Inkpen Common. Very gradual ascent via West Woodhay House & Highwood farm. Superb views east towards Newbury & beyond up to Wayfarer's Walk bridle track. Trig point hidden in middle of full grown crop of oats, so no access possible. Disappointing that farmer had not left pathway. Not the most satisfying county top at this time of year! Continued on to Walbury Hill.timbo9906/07/2019
About an hours walk further along from Walbury Hill. Skylarks singing over high point, great views.Eliza10004/05/2019
Lovely walk along bridleway from lay by to SE of summit; it really merited a longer walk along the escarpment but we did not have time. Superb views NE; Cold wind and weak sun. HP and trig near but not the same location. Field with new crop growing so may not be feasible to access all year.Denise 27/04/2019
With Denise once we got the correct hill! Trig pillar and summit.RichardM27/04/2019
Walbury Hill/Pilot Hill and lunch on Combe Hill watching Paragliders taking off, on a beautiful,clear and sunny Spring day, with Charlottemazz30/03/2019
Combined with Walbury Hill along Wayfarers walk . Found trig in field .D SID27/03/2019
On own. After visiting Walbury Hill. SE along bridleway 'Wayfarer's Walk' and across field, with remnants of uncollected turnips, to trig point. Great views to N and towards Newbury from ridge.Beeliner21/03/2019
Walk along part of Wayfarers Way. Misty day but occasional views into valley below.Ramblingpaul26/12/2018
Lovely walk up from Woolton Hill with Peter Doyle. Stubble field. No access problems. Went on along the ridge to Walbury Hill.Dangerous Dave25/11/2018
Walk from Highclere to Bedwyn. The stretch along the ridge by Pilot Hill is lovely. Plenty of buzzards and red kites circling close by.jedthehumanoid25/10/2018
Started at East Woodhay church for easy parking, found trig point in stubble field. Suspect actual top is 1m higher at 50m to North East on crest. On to Walbury Hill nowNick09/09/2018
Six Trig tour with Minnie, very warm all day, Hackpen Hill from hilltop parking plus White Horse & a bonus crop circle, then Walbury Hill sheep pasture from parking to East then Pilot Hill, roadside parking to SE, Beacon Hill- steepest of the day, then Wabbit hunting on Watership Down, finally a wander on Greenham Common, not a listed top but found the trig.apricorum24/06/2018
with Sam and StephenBen Tindal10/06/2018
Muddy pathway on Wayfarers Way. Light and persistent rainBuck08/04/2018
Parked at corner of a road walked to this county top via a track then into a crop field with Trig a summit, this bag was as done with the its neighbour the county top of Berkshirejmistry8619/01/2018
Pilot Hill and Walbury Hill, gaining access by bike. Route up to Pilot Hill from SU 40823 59713 was fine on bike but down to road at SU 38333 61430 was very muddy and had to push the bike. Route up and down to Walbury Hill was fine on bike but you do have to climb over fence to get to summit (not a public footpath).tsharp21/11/2017
From the east. Threatening skies at the end of the day. Wandered round the summit field and trig point. 5th county top of the day along the M4 corridor. Three involved nice walks.Barbara Singer16/11/2017
Pleasant walk from the east along the edge of the scarp. Huge views north in the increasing gloom of late afternoon.Campbell Singer16/11/2017
Highest point in Hampshire so used as a training exercise. Dry, bright weather and great viewsMickeyfinn08/10/2017
Not convinced trig is the top. Field of soft stubble so able to walk the crest to be sure of crossing the top just in case.ijpowell08/09/2017
Circuit from Walbury Hill via Faccombe and Linkenholtrjf3528/08/2017
Combined with a walk to Walbury Hill. Really lovely day for a walk along Wayfarers Walk. The crop had been recently harvested, so easy to find the trig.WendyWozEre06/08/2017
4hr circuit from Kintbury to Walbury and Pilot Hills. Mostly road and country walking but the ridge between the two hills very lovely. Actually visited the fence junction at SU398598 thinking it was the county top - turns out it's only a district top so if collecting district tops ever becomes a thing at least I'm one ahead.Mark Jackson08/07/2017
With CPgarth8702/07/2017
Climbed up from the E - on our '25 Trig Points in a Day' half term challenge.DanMaisieBex17/02/2017
From Walbury Hill. Crowds on Walbury Hill but no-one else on the ridge to Pilot Hill. Impressively steep hillside and good ridge feel by southern England standards.Wycombe Wanderer27/12/2016
Parked at the phone box in East End village and then approached the escarpment, with Helen, along the Brenda Parker Way. Approaching the submit, via the Trigpoint, plenty of sheep, but no views as we were in grey drizzly, cloud. Heard Ravens kronking in the mist.JohRvs10/12/2016
A slight detour on a circular from Faccombe via Wayfarer's Way and Ashmansworth with Lyndsey. Good views from the Wayfarer's Way. As so often I had to cross a stubble field but the position is clear. Lot's of pheasant shooting.Sixtyplus26/11/2016
From East along FP. First to HP and then Trig, field was stubble in November.PeterD13/11/2016
County top outing from the same parking spot as Berkshire's top walk down the road to the right of the car and opposite the farm track till a T junction where you follow the Wayfarer's way to the field with the trig point in which is not visable from the path. The field in question is just after the small woodland you walk through pick a time when the crops have been harvested to aid in finding the trig. Route found in Jonny Muir's book of County Tops.WAYNE ROWLETT11/11/2016
with Walbury Hill from car park on ridgeprwild10/10/2016
An easy enough stroll from Walbury hill though. The last contour proved a tad tricky in that the top is covered in a blanket of corn. Tractor pathways located and trig found. Views better from the edges rather than the top.stig_nest15/07/2016
wandered down the track from Walbury. Trig point in wheat field (wheat 3ft high) but a tractor track went from corner of wood to the trig ...handy. Clear day.keithelliott14/07/2016
From Walbury Hill car park. Trig in crop field. Summit probably moves about every time farmer ploughs the field.Lionel Bidwell15/06/2016
14 mile circular walk from West Woodhay church included Walbury Hill. Highest peak in Hampshire.Graeme14/05/2016
A circular walk with Joe & Tommy from East Woodhay. Very steep slopes up to Wayfarers Way then an easy amble to the summit. Good views from the track. In field took in trig point and also high point to the North West.fnem12/03/2016
Quick out and back run from the car park after Wallaby Hill.Swindon Bagger13/10/2015
From ESE. Parking OK.jimbloomer09/10/2015
With Katy. With Berkshire 5.6 mile Windy, misty and cold.George Thompson21/09/2015
Along Wayfarer's Walk from car park at Walbury Hill. There was a tractor spraying the field so I didn't go up to the summit.r.ashwell13/09/2015
back along Wayfarers Way from Walbury Hill and then up across the field to trig pillar. Crops have been harvested (September) so easy to locate.mapple08/09/2015
Enjoyable walk, combined with Walbury Hill.edmundjohnson04/09/2015