Name:Kirkby Fell
Hill number:5635
Height:546.4m / 1793ft
Parent (Ma):2788  Fountains Fell
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Aire, Ribble
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Liverpool Bay, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Dodd (500-599m), Dewey
(Tu,5,Dew)
Grid ref:SD 87381 63531
Summit feature:rock by depression
Drop:31.1m
Col:515.3m  SD 87191 63810  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 98
(1:25k) OL2S OL41E
Observations:cairn and adjoining outcrop about 25m W are lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Kirkby Fell (Final).doc
Comments:New Dewey added Apr 2011
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From Grizedales. East on Dales High Way through gate, then over broken wall after 200m. KeithByTheC01/01/2024
This was my third and final summit of the day. I was in the area watching my DofE students on the long day of their gold practice. I'd watched the first group through so headed up here as it wasn't far off the path. I could see them resting whilst at the summit. Then dropped back and waited for the other group. A nice summit up here.meltdiceburg29/05/2023
Solo, from Greenfoot P & D car park in Settle (£2.30). Grizedales, Kirkby Fell and Rye Loaf Hill. Accessed Kirkby Fell via a wall stile at SD 87448 63877. Used a metal gate at SD 86809 63852 to access Rye Loaf Hill. Some of the grid refs quoted below were gaps in dry stone walls, which have been repaired.ADT13/05/2023
Bob & Duke Sunday 2nd/4/2023 Z 1248 hrs.DukeNukem02/04/2023
From Settle with C from Dales High Way.PeterD09/07/2022
Settle, over High Hill and up bridleway to highpoint, crossed wall at stone stile SD874639, up vague path to summit. Then on to Ryeloaf Hill, back to bridleway at SD868639. Then down Stocks lane, across road to Lambert Lane and up to Hunter Bark.Flatfield12/05/2022
Ascended after Rye Loaf Hill and Grizedales from Langscar Gate. There is a convenient gate through the wall just below the path junction at the north east corner. There was a Silva compass and attached whistle left on the rocks at the summit. I left them there as they probably dropped out of somebody's pocket.JohnW27/04/2022
Kirkby Fell, Rye Loaf Hill and Grizedales in a circuit from the Nat. Park CP in Malham and returning via Watlowes and Malham Cove.summitsup09/03/2022
Visited Kirkby Fell, Rye Loaf Hill and Warrendale Knotts on Day 11 of our Yorkshire Dales Circular Walk, today from Malham Tarn to Feizor, via the above summits and Victoria Cave, Settle, and Giggleswick Scar. With Christine, Eric, Geoff and Steve. 20km with 640m ascent in 6 hours.silveracorn_alan16/12/2021
No walls were climbed in the making of this walk. Parking at Langscar Gate cattle grid SD888649. Track W then SW to through-stone stile adjacent to gate at wall junction SD8745063858, faint FP/ATV then ruffntuff to Kirkby Fell, back to stile, WSW along PF, through gate then faint ATV NNW almost to Grizedales, descended S on bits of path to gate at wall junction SD8681563843, fair path on W side of wall to Rye Loaf Hill, back to gate and along BW back to cattle grid.Isbjorn21/09/2021
Parked at Langscar Gate. Kirkby Fell and Rye Loaf Hill. Large herd of cattle with bull. Totally docile enjoying the early morning sunshine.Campbell Singer27/07/2021
Bivvied overnight near Warrendale Knotts on 17th July. Then on 18th July I climbed Warrendale Knotts, visited Victoria Cave, climbed Rye Loaf Hill, Kirkby Fell, Grizedales & Sugar Loaf Hill.AJWSmith18/07/2021
after Rye Loaf on way to Kirkby Malham HardenC05/07/2021
Tussocky walk from Rye Loaf Hill. Spent time to identify high point with Abney. Then N back to bridle path junction adn to Landscar Gate, where a motor bike group was coming on to moor.henryfm30/06/2021
From Malham CPSlash318/06/2021
A round of the hills (including 3 Deweys) between Malham and Settle from the car park to the south of Malham Tarn (SD 894 658),visiting Kirkby Fell, Rye Loaf Hill, Grizedales, Back Scar, High Hill, Warrendale Knotts and Black Hill. First snowy walk of the 2020-21 Winter. Stunning views of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent all clad in the white stuff! 22.2km with 720m ascent in 6h40m. (S)silveracorn_alan05/12/2020
from Rye Loaf Hill across more energy-sapping, boggy tussocks. Back to Langscar Gate on fast green roads.Eddie15/10/2020
From Settle for a round of Grizedales, Kirkby Fell and Rye Loaf Hill.rhalstead19/09/2020
Slight detour on way back to Malham Tarnjustin99916/09/2020
Hot, sunny day and almost noone here despite the hoards at Malham Cove. On paths from Abbot Hills and just the last section south over tussocky grass. small cairn on gritsone slab.Denise 25/06/2020
From Limestone to Gritstone. Great views, great weatherRichardM25/06/2020
With L K R and L & CChris Ellis20/06/2020
Lovely round of Kirkby Fell, Rye Loaf Hill, Back Scar and Grizedales using the Pennine Bridleway from the ENE. Parking for two cars.clivevilla09/06/2020
From the Parking area used for Malham tarn which has an honesty box, just under Severn miles in Two and three quarter hours. Using the Pennine way and then first up to Grizedales and then onto Kirkby fell and Rye loaf hill. To get to the last two hills there were walls in the way so had to look for holes to gain accessWAYNE ROWLETT24/05/2020
Back Scar, Grizedales, Kirkby Fell, Rye Loaf Hill, Warrendale Knotts, High Hill.PGCE18/05/2020
4/6 Warrendale Knotts, High Hill, Rye Loaf Hill, Kirkby Fell, Grizedales and Black Hill. All accessed from Settle using the Pennine Bridleway Loop to gain access to each hill. A nice round.nickywood128/12/2019
Walked from Malham under Pikedaw.flockwatcher06/06/2019
Grizedales, Kirkby Fell & Rye Loaf Hill - a nice trio of hills. Approach from W at sort of lay-by parking near jct with Stockdale Lane. Some impressive scenery.ger16/05/2019
Along Stockdale Lane from High Hill Lane. Grizedales firs, across to here then on the Rye Loaf Hill before returning.jonglew23/04/2019
Detour from Rye Loaf Hill on LDWA Loaves and Fishes walk.stever21/04/2019
Afternoon walk from M alham village.davidpettit8405/10/2018
Dry and higher cloud than this morning when it was clagged.vegibagger18/09/2018
Stiff climb by bike via Fair Sleets Gate (had intended to ride from Langscar Gate but got wrong BW). Then roughish walking. Good view of Pen y Ghent between fells and through a bluish haze. On to Rye Loaf Hill.Wycombe Wanderer04/08/2018
4th hill of 6 today on a 29km route from Settle to Malham, climbing High Hill,Rye Loaf Hill and Grizedales, descending SE over a wall to then climb direct to the outcrop with the depression behind it. I headed Ene then SE to eventually drop onto a footpath heading all the way into Malham via the Barns where I had a cappuccino and lentil soup in a Yurt before checking in at the YHA and then continuing on a two tump loop to reach Weets top and Malham Moor.Dazingdale24/03/2018
From Rye Loaf Hill followed the wall back towards the Dales High Way. Before reaching the path we found a place where the wall was easy to climb over. From there, ascended to the summit. From the summit we descended towards the Dales Way, where another gate gave access to the Dales High Way. Followed this to Langscar Gate. With JT.Sprog19/11/2017
After Grizedales and Rye Loaf Hill. Cold wind.IanHHill17/11/2017
Malham Kirby Fell Rye Loaf Settle 9m. Some styles would have been usefull and K Fell very soggy compared with last time I wentraymondwilkes03/11/2017
soloAimless Rambler30/04/2017
4/7 Fourth of Seven (High Hill/Warrendale Knotts/Grizedales/Kirkby Fell/Rye Loaf Hill/Bowland Knotts/Easington Fell)Fergalh04/03/2017
As Grisedales.BLACKHILL01/03/2017
High Hill -> Warrendale Knotts -> Grizedales -> Kirkby Fell -> Rye Loaf Hill, parking at roadside 837629. Cold and foggy, but at least the bogs were partly frozen over at the top! Planned to park up by Stockdale farm as others and do it as 2 shorter walks - note that there are private road/no vehicles signs at the start of Stockdale Lane. It's a very good parking spot up there for anyone braver than me though :)the_adam21/01/2017
From Grizedales. There is a stile on the west side of the wall at 874638. With GB.bolton18/01/2017
Parked in old quarry on Stockdale Lane at 852638 (Space for 2 cars) - After ascent of Grizedales, continued E. along Pennine Bridleway before dropping down W. side of wall to gate/stile in corner at 874638 - A short walk to unmarked summit. Continued to Rye Loaf Hill. (PM)gerrybowes18/01/2017
From North. Heavy going underfoot. One electric fence to negotiate. With Fionatrimarc229/11/2016
Apart from views to the Yorkshire 3 peaks covered in snow, this summit is pretty dull. TERRIBLE ground underfoot on the ascent. With DTL on day trip from London using trains.Fionalevey29/11/2016
Kirkby Fell - Rye Loaf Hill - Grizedalesronaldo33321/08/2016
Pleasant walk up from Malham with Evan, a Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave25/03/2016
Horton in ribblesdale to settle via malham tarn.Owain G08/03/2015
Up from Langscar Gate through cows(as usual hereabouts),past Nappa Cross and over stile next to gate in wall corner.Good views,especially from cairns to South-east.catman16/02/2015
In cloud and drizzle all the way in a figure of eight circuit from Langscar Gate. As always, unhelpful walls and lack of stiles were encountered along with guns going off in the mist!SS25/10/2014