Name:Clennon Hill
Hill number:17864
Height:74m / 243ft
Parent (Ma):2877  High Willhays
SMC/RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
Topographical area:ES02 Willhays-mardon
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Tump (0-99m)
Grid ref:SX 88090 59402
Summit feature:slight mound in rough grass
Col:44m  SX877600  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 202
(1:25k) OL20E
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2nd failure to summit!! Must have misinterpreted Denise's route comments to avoid entry fee to zoo. Not helped by the rough paths not shown on any mapping, and all in woods so hidden on satellite view. Slithered and thrashed steeply down through tangled vegetation from S then crossed stream and had 4 goes at finding / fighting a way up - often following hopeful badger trails but all ending in snagging bramble hell. Think in retrospect I needed to be much further west. Running out of daylight (as after a day's work supply teaching in Torquay). Even escaping was hard - wading down the stream in wellies was easiest until forced upwards to sanctuary of a rough clearing / path where a gang of youths were den building & fire making. I had to pretend I was looking for a lost dog so not to alarm them! I also checked out a track from the housing to N but it ended in big gate with Beware Dangerous Animals (being a back gate into the zoo). Looking forward to a 3rd attempt sometime!Chris Pearson15/03/2024
Failed to summit! Walked with L the 4km along the coast from Broadsands. Waterlogged playing fields in trail shoes = cold wet feet. We can see now why there were ducks on the field. Rather confusing once in the woods with none of the newish nature trail paths and other paths shown on the map. As drizzle set in and a vegetated tussle looked likely we decided to give it a miss. Non the less we enjoyed watching the dogs playing on the beaches and the geology of the cliffs -with one info board imploring us (as cold rain fell) to imagine a hot desert in front of us with Himalayan height mountains rising up behind (in place of today's Clennon Hill!). Also spotted and climbed a new nice P20 on the coast: Sugar Loaf Hill. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow on my own after supply teaching in Torquay for Round 2. Must keep clear of the lions, tigers, rhinos prowling further west in Paignton Zoo, hopefully with several intact stout fences between us.Chris Pearson14/03/2024
From the S up the side of the wild wooded valley. Nature Reserve.RichardM04/04/2019
Approached via residential streets to west and then public dog- walking land to south. It's some sort of nature reserve. Followed informal path steeply and muddily down (north) to stream, crossed easily then ascended (north) a steep, partly overgrown informal path to 2m wire mesh fenceline. Followed fence east to gate and briefly entered area of cut grass and gorse clumps to apparent high point with small earth mound- appears to be another fence before the zoo boundary. Returned same way to stream but followed informal path east along stream to coast via some ponds and public playing fields. Possible access point is from Torbay Clennon valley sports centre, Goodrington SandsDenise 04/04/2019
Expensive tick.andrew brown03/06/2018
Anthill on level grassy area. With jonglew. Up from wnw, start of nature trail in Paignton zoo, steep trail starts immediately L of old quarry/cliff. Descended picking up a wider path bending R (W) to rejoin main zoo circuit 160m W of where we went up from. Should be feasible to get to start point from outwith zoo but probably quite fiddly.RHW09/07/2016
With rhw. Paid our entrance fee but think this may be doable from outside. Path up not obvious so a couple of thrashes up steep brambly slopes but easy path eventually found up LHD side of old quarry near start of nature trail. Top is surprisingly open - rough grass.jonglew09/07/2016
Climbed up from the Nature trail at Paignton zoo at bend over metal gate and then up through thick and wild undergrowth, prevented from summiting i tracked E,NE and climbed higher until eventually descended and picked up a narrow trail that took me upto the fenceline. A large wire fence topped with barbed wire now stood in my way and the summit area. I had to take my shoes and socks off so i could use my toes to help claw my way over and carefully down via one of the supports. Summit area is a mixture of grassy thick clumps of brambles but much more open. I followed it westwards through a gate and clear path till i came to the edge of the sheer limestone cliff-face. A narrow path snakes down and deposits you back on the trail. If only i had taken this route up! Clennon hill definitely has a wild side!!Dazingdale29/10/2015
Inside the Paignton Zoo, the summit seems to be somewhere near the Elephant and Giraffe house which is the closest you can get. Point on the map is off to the south.Swindon Bagger31/07/2009
Just realised I bagged this many years ago on holiday visit to the zoo with the kids so roughly guessed the date.ijpowell01/08/1998