Name:Watch Hill
Hill number:3575
Height:603.1m / 1979ft
Parent (Ma):2707  Cross Fell
RHB Section:35A: The Northern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:North Pennines - Western Fells
County/UA:Westmorland and Furness
Catchment:Eden (Carlisle)
Class:Subsimm
(sSim)
Grid ref:NY 62494 46038
Summit feature:ground 3m E of currick with inscribed slab
Drop:29m
Col:574.3m  NY 6209 4593  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 86
(1:25k) OL31W
Observations:ground is 0.9m higher than top 280m E at NY 62775 46062
Survey:Leica NA730
Survey of Watch Hill (Final).doc
Comments:Drop surveyed as 29.0m
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From Renwick biked up to within 700m of TM 2 of 2robertphillips08/09/2023
Along a path from Thack Moor, then on to Black Fell. Good views to the Lake District hills.LizH08/08/2023
From Renwick via Thack Moor, good path / ATV track to follow. Returned by heading SW to pick up track.PeterD21/04/2023
6.1 mile afternoon walk from Renwick. Up easy ROW that shows to end at a tip before the summit, but actually carries on to the top. From here it is an easy walk along nice grassy trails and over a stile to Watch Hill summit. We followed the fence from Watch Hill down to the other higher dead end ROW which appears on the ground once past the disused level. This wet track continues to the Y junction with our ascending route. Back to Renwick. 513m ascent. This afternoon walk was a slight contrast to our morning walk on Conic Hill in the Trossachs. The walk started clear and sunny but windy although threatening clouds did appear when we were going between the two. Nothing happened though and we got down mostly dry. Well with the exception of my feet!DanTrig21/04/2023
From Renwick straight up Thack Moor then ridge then fence over Watch Hill but then messed up cut across and nearly reached Black Fell through the crap! Followed fence on west to Tom Smiths Stone then to Gray Nag. Came back on east side 15 minutes faster - take note. On to Black Hill then Hartside and down bridleway and back road to car.SS17/04/2023
Parked in Renwick, up track and steep path straight to summit, then on over Watch Hillmatty1971b18/03/2023
Renwick to Thack Fell then Watch hill, Black Fell, Hartside Height, Hartside Cross, Fiends Fell and descent to Renwick via Twotop Hill & Fellgate. A dry cold day with hill fog & moor ground frozen.Vin07/02/2023
21.6 miles 2689ft walk. Black Fell, Watch Hill and Thackmoor from Ousby.stephenbuda06/07/2022
A lovely walk in spring sunshine from Renwick to Thack Moor and then following the ridge line to Black Fell and Hartside and mostly byways back.milimana08/05/2022
Climbed Black Fell, Tom Smith's, Grey Nag & Thack Moor from Hartside Summit on a clear but chilly day. Very wet underfoot, but easy walking otherwise. About 22km, with only 330m of ascent.oldbagger2722/11/2021
From Hartside Pass, Black Fell, Tom Smiths Stone, Grey Nag, Tom Smiths Stone, Watch Hill, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Black Fell, Hartside Pass. Not as bad as it could have been. Good path to Black Fell, then deteriorates through lurid green bogs and self-levelling lakes of black peat, until routes coalesce just S of Tom Smiths Stone around the perimeter of a super massive green hole MEB, from which water does not escape even at the end of Summer. Otherwise, ATV tracks alongside many fences/walls, especially on W arm of the Y. Stiles over walls at Watch Hill. A handy ATV track crosses Croglin Water at the point where the valley suddenly narrows (about NY643456). High P nice weather? pah! Cold wind, low cloud and mizzle, drizzle, rain, all day - its a Bank Holiday!Isbjorn30/08/2021
From thrack mooremily30/07/2021
Walked over from Thack Moor for this summit, which has a large shelter/cairn.JohnW22/06/2021
1/2 Lakeland LDWA Group Walk from Kirkoswald taking in Watch Hill and Thack Moor. A great day out with our gang.nickywood123/05/2021
From Black FellIWC17/04/2021
Hartside Summit-Black Fell-Grey Nag-Tom Smith's Stone Top-Watch Hill-Thack Moor-Renwick-Hartside Summitmuzza217/07/2020
Renwick, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Grey Nag, Black Fell, Renwick.PGCE16/05/2020
From Black Fell. Cloud zooming up the col but Watch Hill clear. On to Thack Moor.Wycombe Wanderer20/01/2020
So cold on the summit, I couldnt feel my hands! Went off route and had to cut back through the marshland. Lauren fell knee deep into a bog...& earned the trail name bogSockpan20/10/2019
Fiends Fell and Melmerby Fell from car aprk of burnt out café at Hartside Summit. 6.07miles, 2 hours 16m.clivevilla19/10/2019
Hartside-Renwick-Thack Moor-Watch Hill-Black Fell-Hartside. Straightforward walk from Thack MoorGary Heath07/07/2019
From Renwick. Good farm tracks to Thack Moor, then pathleaa but easy ground across to here. Took a look at the 602m spot height, but cloud down so unable to form an opinion.jonglew12/02/2019
easy fell from Thack Moor out and back solocolinfielding05/11/2018
From Car park near ruins of the Hartside Café - across the moor rising to Black Fell via Little Daffenside - Black Fell Summit and Trig (664) - descend towards Long Tongue Beck then rise onto Watch Hill Summit (602) past the currocks and on to Thack Moor Summit (610) & Trig - track towards Townhead but turned to Outhwaite - Flowering Wood - Peas Crook - Haresceugh - lane to Seleh Bridge - Bridleway via Ricker Gill bridge to Hartside and Carbriandavies28/05/2018
Enjoyable circular walk from Renwick-Thack Moor-Watch Hill-Black Fell-Hartside summit(shame about the cafe burning down).With Oscar and Bridget.catman20/05/2018
With Bridget and Catman.oscarrosie20/05/2018
With Catman and Oscar.rosiebridge20/05/2018
With Thack Moor from Renwick.David Gradwell02/11/2017
Was staying at Melmerby so started there.Took the track from GR 6148 3767 to 6129 4009. Took mainly roads to Renwick. Pleasant climb up to Thack Moor, Watch Hill and Black Fell and then down to Hartside where I had some lunch. Fiends fell and then Little Knapside Hill and then picked up the path at GR 6366 3834 which was a pleasant walk.tsharp06/07/2017
With G. and others. Renwick > Thack Moor > Watch Hill > Black Fell > Hartside > RenwickRT197018/04/2017
Nuttall Walk EN 9.8 Grey Nag & Black Fell from Gilderdale Bridge, visiting Grey Nag, Tom Smiths Stone Top, Watch Hill, Thack Moor, Black Fell and Benty Hill. 28km with 780m ascent in 7h 40m. (S)silveracorn_alan05/08/2016
Climbed solo from Renwick via Thack Moor.dhbond21/04/2016
Walk to complete the English Nuttalls with Dad. Final one was Fiend's Fell.AGWilliamson26/09/2015
Solo walk in conjunction with the Tour of Britain cycle race. Parked at Renwick up track to Thack Moor via Watch Hill to Black Hill down to Hartside Cafe. Back along the track from the white house then roadGlenelg10/09/2015
from Croglin. up well made tracks and out and back to Blotting raise. followed tracks as far as Lawyers cross then peat, heather, rough grass and water to Tom Smiths stone passing remains of D.H. venom. Dropped pack at toms and out and back to the nag. Not hard by any stretch of the imagination. just a tad wet and had been a long day. Trig and Cairn embedded in wall mark top lovely evening views. then off to Black Fell with a camp somewhere beyond. the section from Toms to Black fell is about as bad as i can recall. on a par with Armboth fell, Cold fell and Kilhope law. Peat groughs deep enough to hide an elephant. i was knackered by now too so the summit came as a huge relief.. glad i'd done it then and not left it for the morning. trig at the summit with superb views. the way out to Thack Moor is a delight. overnighted just short of watch hill. the following morning was a tad cloudier and the lakeland hills swathed in clouds. but still dry here at least. easy climb up from watch hilstig_nest26/07/2015
On a backpack en route for Thack Moormick24/07/2015
petey24/09/2014
From Renwick village following obvious tracks via Thack Moor, before going onto Watch Hill.Fisky Boy10/09/2014
With Fisky BoyBrenda Cloke10/09/2014
From Hartside up to Black Fell and along to Thack Moor. Fantastic views over to Solway Firth. Doubled back to Watch Hill and then down and up to the ridge between Black Fell and Tom Smith's Stone. On to the summit and then to Grey Nag, then down to where we'd left another car on the A689. Back to Hartside Cafe in time for tea and scones!ruthatlast09/08/2014
W Jenx. Very dry spell, took on the whole group as a fell run tour. Black Fell, Watch Hill, Thack Moor then back to Watch Hill and down into the cut with direct ascent to John Smith's Stone top then Grey Nag. Back over Black Fell. All bog areas dried out, but a very hot day which sapped energy, especially the hags on way back to Black Fell. Hart side cafe very welcome 3.14 hrs later! Great circuit and views.nordicstar26/07/2014
With G. From Renwick > Thack Moor > Watch Hill > RenwickRT197026/07/2014
Left my tent on Black Fell at 8am and headed over Watch Hill to Thack Moor. Returned over this then dropped into the head of Croglin Water to climb Grey Nag and back to Black Fell. The currick felt the higher point.Jake99424/07/2014
Renwick, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Black Fellroute68522/06/2014
Walked up from Hartside café and picked up a couple of caches on the way.Walker Dan15/04/2014
Black Fell, Watch Hill, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Grey Nag, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Black Fellronaldo33302/03/2014
Black Fell, Watch Hill, Thack Moor, Watch Hill, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Grey Nag, Tom Smith's Stone Top, Black Fellronaldo33301/03/2014
Climbed from Hartside to Black Fell, then Grey Nag, then back and across to Thack Moor via Watch Hill. Climbed with Jack. Jack placed geocache on Watch Hill.meltdiceburg31/10/2013
Across from Thack Moor, easy walk on short grass but rather soggy. Large cairn and stone with memorial(?) inscription. Back to Renwick by another bridleway.Aye Jimmy22/09/2013
From Townhead. Watch Hill, Thack Moor. Easy track most of the way. Only pathless sections were following the wall up the side of Watch Hill and from the top of Thack Moor, but all of this was fairly easy grass tufts.ijpowell06/09/2013