Ascent of Killhope Law on 2021-04-16

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, April 16, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Killhope Law
    Elevation:2208 ft / 672 m

Ascent Trip Report

A 22 kilometre hike from Killhope Cross via Nag's Head, Dead Stones, the south end of Perry's Dam, Flinty Fell, Nenthead, Dykeheads, The Dodd, Coalcleugh, Shivery Hill, Killhope Law and the county boundary back to Killhope Cross.

A mixture of hard going over grough and marsh filled moorland and some road walking. Not recommended after wet weather.

I approached this hill from Coalcleugh and Shivery Hill. Having descended off The Dodd, I wasn't minded to take a route direct from Coalcleugh across the moor. So I followed the road to the high point at Shivery Hill. It was very quiet. No car passed me in the 1.5 kilometres.

At Shivery Hill I followed the old mine road. I then trended south east towards the grouse butts where there is plastic matting for vehicles. I could probably have found this from the main road. Anyway, it makes for easy going to around 300m from the top of Killhope Law. There is also a straighforward approach from Allenheads to the east that follows a shooting track for most of its way.

Then it is the usual North Pennine fare to the trig point, the collapsed pole (originally 9 metres in height), the nearby high ground and currick. Distant views were good. Dead Stones was prominent 6 kilometres to the south - it seemed a long time since I had been there earlier in the day. I was not relishing the ground between Killhope Law and my starting point at Killhope Cross.

Well the 2.5 kilometres from the top to Killhope Cross took just under an hour. There is no track or physical boundary to follow. Occasionally there are vehicle tracks that then get swallowed up by the next grough. Enough said.

Along the way is a three county (Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland) meeting point marked by a boundary post and small cairn.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:649 ft / 196 m
    Total Elevation Loss:131 ft / 39 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Mud/Swamp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:518 ft / 157 m
    Start Trailhead:1690 ft / 515 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:131 ft / 39 m
    Gain on way out:131 ft / 39 m

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