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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
Island:Isle of 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 160 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Bagged after major car failure!BaggerGutt09/05/2024
A rarity for me to a revisit. However, in last couple of years I have diversified into explicitly bagging lighthouses, so here for Cathy's Oratory. Still misty, though.Martin R12/10/2023
From Blackgang Viewpoint with CBRWG17/06/2023
From the car park, via steps, up to summit.Minto14/01/2023
Train, catamaran and bus to Bonchurch and then ascended the steep path to St Boniface down then using the coastal path (and a few diversions) in muddy terrain the Whitwell hill and St Catherine's hill for a lovely day in the cold wind. Great views all day before heading back to VentnorBuck13/01/2023
From car park above Blackgang up to rocket shaped building at top near trig.Mark Sims09/09/2022
G M MIdris08/09/2022
Short walk from picnic area carpark.milimana29/03/2022
OSBM S2521ad-lib14/02/2022
After Chillerton 3, bus to Blackgang Chine. Walked to Godshill via St Catherine's Hill (visited oratory, trig and summit), Whitwell Hill and Appuldurcombe Down.PGCE02/12/2021
Circular walk from the Blackgang carpark: Over Gore Down to St Catherine's Hill and its stone-age rocket then NE to pick up the lovely Bury Lane down to Niton. Along the roadside path to the River Yar spring then the ROW south to West Cliff, joining the Coastal Path westwards back to Blackgang. Great round.summitter28/09/2021
From car park on bend of road at 492767. Easy path up to the Oratory and summit.JulieB08/09/2021
Up and back from free car park at viewpoint on A3055. KeithByTheC08/09/2021
With SAkindpercy25/04/2021
Car park to S. at SZ 4909 7674 - A pleasant walk up to the oratory, summit mound, trig point & unfinished lighthouse (known as the 'Salt Pot'). Useful information board. (S)gerrybowes14/04/2021
HuMP No3 of 6 planned for the day. Straight forward enough hill following public footpath sign C36 to Gore Down. Main feature of summit is St. Catherine's Oratory, built in c13 but reminiscent of rocket. No doubt due to fog. Man made ground definitely highest point with highest natural ground between barrow and trig pillar.mntainman22/09/2020
Got off the bus at Blackgang Chine and took the direct approach up the hill to the summit. Once again excellent views, this time including the Needles about 15 miles away. Down to Niton then along the coastal path to Ventnor.Richard13/09/2020
A hot walk from the car park above Blackgang Chine to the Oratory and then through the gate to the trig point. Fabulous views of the Island.ThomasJoseph08/08/2020
From car park, easily up to Oratory, HP and then trig. Great views on a clear day.PeterD07/07/2020
On a day trip to the IoW, visited between doing the two island Marilyns. (S)silveracorn_alan28/10/2019
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