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Name:Burnhope Seat
Hill number:2714
Height:747.8m / 2453ft
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Westmorland and Furness
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Tees, Tyne (Newcastle)
Watershed:Tynemouth, Tees Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:NY 78445 37561
Summit feature:grassy mound
Col:554m  NY752350  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 91
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:mound is 0.5m higher than cairn on knoll 75m NW at NY 78403 37624 and 1.3m higher than trig point 350m E at NY 78789 37537
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Nuttalls book gives the trig point at NY787375 (hill 8036) which is Durham historic county top. See Database Notes.
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 486 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Done along with Burnhope Seat - Trig Point.edmundjohnson18/04/2024
A wet and misty day.EricMoore06/10/2023
Solo. From Crookburn Bridge. Along the fence to Scraith Head and the Burnhope Seat Trig Point, using the eastern side of the fence as this was a little easier. Went west to the true summit of Burnhope Seat (grassy mound) and down to the road at Darngill bridge. Back to Crookburn Bridge on the road. Dry.pwbellarby10/08/2023
From the parking area at NY771376, followed the ski tow and then the fence. Thick mist, rain, very wet underfoot!Geoff Briggs23/07/2023
With Val. Good weather. Followed the ski tow then on the summit. Went on to TP and also the Cairn.mike.hoult18/05/2023
Walk up from Yad Moss lay-by and followed the ski tow up the hill. Conditions above 600 metre were awful; heavy snow and white out with about 3-6 inches of snow with deeper drifts. This was a revisit. This time visited the cairn, the true summit and the trig point. Returned by the same route. Time taken 1 hour 20 minutes for 2.5 miles.isabelle12/04/2023
After trig point. Repeat visit.PGCE25/01/2023
Crookburn Bridge - fence to Scraith Head - Burnhope Seat (trig point and summit) - fence to within 150 yards of Harwood Common summit - across country to Crookburn Bridge.Mark Jackson31/12/2022
On the way to the main event - Burnhope Seat trig point.Newton Maximus06/10/2022
From Burnhope reservoir, Nuttall walk 10.1: Three Pikes (hideous boggy mess),Great Stony Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat Trig and true summit, and Dead Stones. Good walking weather, cool with good visibility. This is a really tough walk due to the terrain (peat hags, heather & bog) and long sections with no paths.Lazylizzie25/08/2022
Easy walk from the trig point today. No standing water and peat dry. Up from Kilhope Cross and back the same way.Walker Dan11/08/2022
4/5 Nuttalls of 10.1.DavidGMould24/06/2022
From Burnhope reservoir,Three Pikes,Great Stony Hill, Harewood Common, Burnhope Seat and Dead Stones. 5.5 hours, overcast but no mist.Longwojo13/06/2022
With J on way back from week in Sutherland. On a filthy wet day, left original target of Cross Fell alone & got hammered on this short walk instead. Parked at cattle grid on county border at Crookburn Bridge (lots of room). Handrailed fence to trig & then on to true summit. Quick visit to Dead Stones & then reversed route. Relatively dry underfoot. The hags weren't the worst I've found but hill probably best done on cold, frosty day, I think. Heard & spotted plovers, curlews & bizarrely, buzzed by 2 honking geese on the descent!NotReallyABagger22/05/2022
2 of 4: From 771 377 via ski tows. Cairn, TP and HP. With Karen.ChrisR28/04/2022
I walked over from Harwood Common. The approach was much easier than I thought it would be. The peat was quite dry and despite being overcast with dark clouds above me, the views were far reaching.morgs4mountains24/03/2022
Very easy walk from Nenthead. Carried on to Ashgill, up the skiing to Burnhope Seat. And horrible walk along to Dead Stones, Nag's Head, Knoutberrry Hill and back to Nenthead. Take gaiters next time! 12.5m all roundNCurtis26/02/2022
Circuit from Crookburn Bridge (NY781357) with Alex, taking in Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat trig & Burnhope Seat summit. Very misty, no views today.Tony J14/11/2021
Mostly Misty ascent with Sal up via boggy boundary from road high point and down to road to SW which was better underfoot.davechaffey14/11/2021
Mist was down most of the way from the road so this could have been anywhere really.Alex C14/11/2021
Circular walk from parking at Killhope Cross. Down to old workings, Priorsdale, Little Gill Hush, Burnhope Seat hp & trig, Dead Stones and Knoutberry Hill. Overcast, misty at times. With Gillian, Graham and Selwynrichard6914/11/2021
Easy stroll up from Crookburn Bridge on a very hot day, the bogs thankfully largely dried out.Rockdoctor19/07/2021
Up and down from layby next to small quarry track. All summits Inc trigconanharrod29/05/2021
With Mizzi2510chris05/03/2021
Nuttalls 10.1maclrc17/09/2020
what Andy saidcolinfielding24/08/2020
After Dead Stones. Followed the fence until about 330yds from trig and then branched off cross-country directly to the top. Also visited area to NW which seemed higher from a distance. With Colin.Andrew Pearson24/08/2020
With Jonnyzaul_uk21/08/2020
from Dead Stones and Killhope Crossjef10/08/2020
Parked at Darngill Bridge on B6277. Straight up towards the top. Not boggy until near the summit. On to Dead Stones.Peter_W_Mitchell 06/08/2020
from Nenthead via Dead Stones. Views included Blencathra and Skiddaw, the North York Moors and The Cheviot!! My last Pennine Marilyn.IanHHill03/08/2020
With SimmoMadjonny02/08/2020
Came from Harwood Common in a strong Wind from the west. Had lunch sheltered by the peat hags close to the fence. Then it started to rain, followed the fence down to the boundary stone then over a stile and followed The path alongside the fence up to trig point. Straightforward but boggy. Decided to go down to the road via the ski club as the mist had descended, but the area on top (supposedly the highest point of the hill) was very wet, despite it being summer and not much rain recently. Had to carefully work way across, frequently backtracking when the standing water got too deep. This was by far the wettest part of any of the walks we had done in the area. No sign of the county top, is so boggy I expect stones would sink. Or is the county top over the fence? It seems strange that the 1:50000 map shows 2 summits, the 1:25000 only shows one, I suspect because the location is too hard to find!Malcvolm26/07/2020
Walked up lane from Ireshopeburn to join Nuttalls route 10:1 to Three Pikes, Great Stony Hill, Harwood Common, Burnhope Seat and Dead Stones.dgresty21/07/2020
From Burnhope Reservoir along grouse track to Sallygrain Head. Then fence to summit (easy to do Deadstones if you want but already did it in January). A lot of peat hags to contend with. There are pallets on the other side of the fence but broken - stand on the support blocks between the wood. Left the summit by following fence to summit of Harwood CommonNorthernWayfarer20/06/2020
On nordic skisPete Pozman05/03/2020
Started from the lay-by on B6277 by Yad Moss Ski Tow. No clear path. Very very boggy.DJWan29/12/2019
Start at small parking area off the B6277 Grid 788351.smocks and denims29/11/2019
Parking area at bottom of ski slope. Up past ski lift to BurnhopeSeat trig. Then out and back to Harwood Common and out and back to Dead Stones and Nags Head. Lots of boggy ground, peat hags and tussocks. Made sure of Burnhope Seat on return and the cairn. Some views over to Cross and tghe Dun fells but hazy. Bit of a slog.mart079725/07/2019
As per Nuttalls' 10.1 minus Three Pikes. Lovely clear day and vey dry underfoot. Just as well as it looks as though this top could get pretty squelchy in less ideal conditions.milimana23/05/2019
Straight up from Yad MossGordy17/05/2019
Quick route via Had Moss ski slopesghullgd15/05/2019
Parked below ski tow, then short walk to summit. Did the trig and also the small cairn on way. Just in case. Company: Soloiandesbottes13/05/2019
Done on a walk from burnhope reservoir visiting the tops of great stony hill, burnhope seat and dead stones. True summit about 200m north over the fence from the trigpoint.Brunshaw13/04/2019
From the cattle grid at the County boundary. After the summit arrived at the trig at exactly the same time as fellow bangers and enjoyed a long conversation. Made the hill so much more enjoyable as a result.NormanW27/02/2019
With G. From Ashgill Bridge then minor road at Mid Ashgill to access land just south of Harelaw Hill. Followed boundaries > Burnhope Seat > Burnhope Seat Trig > Dead Stones. Headed west / WSW to pick up good track at Little Gill Hush then back on minor road to Ashgill.RT197023/02/2019
From Burnhope Reservoir, Nuttalls route without Three Pikes. Sunny but very wet underfootGary Heath17/02/2019
From local road, no tracks or paths but ground mostly OK. Generally sunny but intermittent fog coming in on strong and cold NW wind.Topographer5709/12/2018