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Name:Simon's Seat
Hill number:5311
Height:484.9m / 1591ft
Parent (Ma):2781  Great Whernside
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire
Catchment:Wharfe
Class:Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
(Hu,Tu,4,Cm)
Grid ref:SE 07890 59807
Summit feature:spot height mark on tor 2m S of trig point
Drop:102.2m
Col:382.7m  SE 0986 6289  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 104
(1:25k) OL2S 297 298
Observations:mark is 5cm higher than trig point base, 10cm higher than rocks 5m W and 1.6m higher than ground 430m E at SE 08415 59882
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 306 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
British Relay course assessmentGeoff Briggs10/03/2024
Bagged whilst on the W Yorks LDWA 28 mile group walkdazedemon01/07/2023
Ilkley-Grassington via The Strid and Howgill taking in this cloud-laden mass of stones en route. Somewhat hairy descent on north side! Excellent links to/from Ilkley via 874 bus.JOHNS08/05/2023
from Barden Bridge parking, space for 15-20 cars very popular on a weekend. via The Strid, Valley of Desolation waterfall, Simons Seat and Haugh. Duly ignored the no dogs allowed signs, and no sheep were worried, and no trace was left by Dog; if only same could be said for humans on occassion..Alfa1M26/11/2022
4th top of 6 on a route from Pateley Bridge to Grassington from High Crag, rough route to Little Simon's Seat where a flagstone path leads to the jumbled summit boulders. Made sure to climb the ones close to the Trig pillar. I needed to detour on the descent to avoid the billowing smoke caused by heather burning. Onwards to Haugh...Dazingdale18/10/2022
From Bolton Abbey via Valley of Desolation - Howgill descent and return via the Strid - with PS/GWJohnIvor12/09/2022
Free parking for early birds at E end of Barden Bridge (SE052574) (otherwise £15 to park in adjacent BA CP). Woods on W flank are private, so road walk to Howgill, then PP to start of moorland, eroded and grit-flag-stoned FP to top. On return, missed the start of the PP which goes along E edge of top of woods so, after Howgill, followed Dales Way FP, S, along E bank of River WharfeIsbjorn27/08/2022
From the Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey up to the summit via the Valley of Desolation. A quick detour across to Lord's Seat and then down to the River Wharfe via Howgill. Back along the river, crossing at the aqueduct.OM1217/04/2022
From Bolton Abbey Car Park via Carncliff Top with CBRWG02/04/2022
Simon's Seat, Langerton Hillkeithouk16/01/2022
Alan's Ilkley Walk Teamsoftsquare13/01/2022
Visited Simon's Seat during Day 7 of our Yorkshire Dales Circular Walk, today from Grimwith Reservoir to Pace Gate on the A59, via Troller's Gill, Simon's Seat, and across Bardon Fell and Rocking Moor. With Christine, Eric, Geoff and Steve. 19km with 550m ascent in 6 hours.silveracorn_alan25/11/2021
A walk with Annette up Simon's Seat from Masons campsite while supervising the GSAL Explorers. 9.5km with 400m ascent in 4 hours.silveracorn_alan17/10/2021
From Bolton Abbey via the Valley of DesolationJim T11/10/2021
Walk with Faye4539nick04/09/2021
From Mason's Campsite. Along river and up steep track via Howgill. Off path detour to Carncliff Top then paths to the summit. Fantastic rocky top with brilliant views. Spent quite some time scrambling on the rocks. Return back via Howgill.Jake99420/08/2021
From Barden Bridge, along Dales Way, then up FP past Howgill. Good path to top. Visited HP and Trig. On way back went via Haugh.PeterD29/06/2021
Barden Bridge - Simon's SeatJHes25/06/2021
From Barden Bridge, then via Howgill and steep path zig-zagging up to access land. Good views from summit across to Cracoe Fell.peter4lc03/06/2021
With dad. Epic viewsGemgemp29/08/2020
Solo from parking at Barden Bridge. Anti-clockwise circuit, south along the river to waterfall cottage, then track through the Valley of Desolation onto Barden Fell and Simon's Seat summit. Descend on track to Howgill, then south along river Wharfe to Barden Bridge. A pleasant 7 mile walk which would have been even pleasanter if the weather had been more pleasant!ADT15/07/2020
With Mum,Zoe,Theo,Fox,Layla and Peggy.lilyrosieives11/06/2020
Parked at SE 0599 5929, space for two cars. SE up track, and continue in same direction on permissive path (a good track) to top of forest. Then across moor on track then path to summit. No bog to contend with: could've done it in trainers.PGCE19/05/2020
As chrisbien, parked on wide verge to left of forest entrance at SE 0591 5869 (space for 1 car) - N. along road for 200m & then NE along private road to Howgill Farm - Up stone track to ford & fingerpost & then well-used path through heather to the impressive benchmarked summit tor. (S)gerrybowes06/03/2020
A cracking run taking in Nanny Crag, Hen Stones, North Nab, Lordís Seat and Simonís Seat.ewangibb8716/02/2020
Fantastic views today. Circular walk from Burnsall.berksbantam17/09/2019
Parked at Bolton Abbey. Simple up and down. Lovely weather.3Hillside23/08/2019
With Liz and achey feet Megan.gavopeo24/03/2019
Set off from Grassington, down the River Wharfe as far as Howgill and then up the permissive path to Simon's Seat. Nice clear day and the views were good. Down to Skyreholme and then Grimwith Reservoir and across the dam. Found a track at GR SE 0500 6459, which is on the newest OS Explorer, that got me up to Blea Beck. At the top of the Beck followed the lead mine tracks back down to Grassington. Pretty dark by the time I got back.tsharp17/12/2018
W Jenx and Bryher from across valley to West, end publicly road at 180m. Dreadful soggy permitted pathway exception of final few hundred metresnordicstar02/05/2018
From Riverside carpark at Barden. Wet. Very wet.MrChris198007/04/2018
from the riverside car park via valley of desolation, return by bardon bridge and the stid. perfect winter day.BLACKHILL07/02/2018
Simon's Seat, High Cragkeithouk05/11/2017
With permission from farmto the sw drove up to wall about 400 metres from first trig to the south then go permission to got to higher house from where I climbed.vegibagger11/09/2017
Day walk with Dave and Smoky after Leeds festival. Parked at Appletreewick, followed Wharf for half-mile, then steeply up hillside at Howgill to Simon's Seat. Lunched at summit then descended zig-zag path north to Dale Head Farm. Crossed road then walked up Troller's Gill ravine. At head of ravine turned southwest and followed farm track back to car. Bright breezy day.Skip27/08/2017
Started from Barden Bridge nr Bolton Abbey, via the Strid, Valley of Desolation,Barden Fell & Lord's Seat before descent & return via Dales Way along R.Wharfe on a hot, humid day as a recci walk for York Ramblers on 6/6/17, accompanied by Andy Strickland.Jill Wiseman06/07/2017
By self, very hot day, from Appletreewick via Barden up Coney Warren track, On to Lord Seat and return via Forest road and Skyreholme back to Pastures.patriciagill18/06/2017
From Bolton AbbeyTyldesley Paul28/05/2017
2/4 Stiff little climb to rocky top with great viewsFergalh11/03/2017
Started From Caverndish Pavilion Through the valley of desolation via a big waterfall on farm landjamiehills17/02/2017
From the B6265 via 2nd access gate east of Stump's Cross. Over High Crag, Great Pock Stones, Little Simon's Seat, Lord's Seat and then finally to Simon's Seat. A beautiful summit tor crowned with a trig point. Back same way. With Alfie. Top no.5 in Michael Dewey's Table of Notable Hill Tops.Dangerous Dave20/01/2017
Very cold with blustery wind on summit, climbed from Bolton Abbey. Turned into beautiful afternoon via New Inn, Appletreewick, then Dale's Way along Wharfe back to start. 11 miles.mavero1001/01/2017
From Howgill. Tried a few weeks ago, but grouse shooting in progress. Worth checking Barden Estate web site for shooting dates, this time of year. Or go on a Sunday.ngthack30/10/2016
From a camp at Great Pock Stones lovely spot,great sunset and views. Followed wall past Little Simon's Seat. Trig Pillar on big outcrop but easy little climb.mick23/09/2016
With K and R. Tried to stay at Howgill campsite but brusquely turned away. Maybe because moor was closed for grouse shooting. Late evening trespass. Shake holes near summit in gritstone very unusual.Ashley13/08/2016
A glorious sunny day for our walk from the Cat's Gill Campsite (near Bolton Abbey) along the river to have lunch and admire the view from Simon's Seat, returning via the river valley to the Campsite.Ginger Dave29/05/2016
From Barden Bridge. North by River Wharfe to Howgill. Then green lane east through plantation and north east to summit tor - an easy scramble. To descend, south to Great Agill Head, then south through plantation into Valley of Desolation. Then down to Wharfedale and north-west past The Strid back to Barden Bridge. With AT and JT.Man of Kernow116/04/2016
Bolton Abbey - Simons Seat Was intending to return Howgill /bridge... Bolton Abbey. However, extremely windy / poor usability and lost path and returned the same route. A great walk and final scramble to reach top of... - Have lots of change ' £8 - car parking charge at Abbey cavendish cafe'Ships21/02/2016
Barden Bridge - River Wharfe - Howgill Lane - Eastwoodhead - Simons Seat - Return via Lords Seat - Skyrehome - River Wharfe - Barden Bridgebriandavies03/10/2015
Bolton Abbey, Valley of Desolation, Simons seat, stridLancylass07/09/2015