2018-01-06 13:57 - TP3686 (Haydon Fell)
FB Number: S6661 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Approached from south, very muddy! Memorial plaque has been attached to the south face of the TP, see photo..
2018-01-06 12:57 - TP5688 (Ripley Carrs)
FB Number: S6656 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 7/10
Took the 'standard' route from the north. Although today that should read 'BOG standard' route...Good views despite a snowy squalll greeting us as we reached the TP.
2017-12-16 15:00 - TP6852 (Wether Hill)
FB Number: S6724 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Parked at double gate NY 903884 followed forestry track to the mast and turned N up well marked ROW through the plantation. It was so icy cold that sections of the forestry tracks around the mast that might have been quagmire were easily negotiated. The path once clear of where vehicles have churned it up was a delight, with the frost as thick as it was there was a air of 'Narnia' to the woods. Beyond Fellhouse Crags the forest has been felled, however the ROW remains mostly unimpaired by brash. The views N open up, The Cheviots were all crowned with snow and looked amazing. By the time we reached the TP there was not a cloud in the sky, the sun was starting to set and the views were stunning. I'm sure the 'quick route' up from the Alpaca farm is interesting, but I'd highly recommend this route if you fancy a decent stroll!
2017-12-05 13:30 - TP4012 (Hopealone)
FB Number: S6499 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
We'd just bagged Round Top and decided we didn't have enough time to walk west to Spy Rigg as planned, but wanted to squeeze one more TP into the day if possible. Although Hopealone was clearly visible the drive to it along public roads looked a very lengthy and circuitous drive...however, the forest tracks, if open, would lead us almost directly to it. So we drove back past The Haining, turned W and continued to Grindon Green, SE to Hindleysteel and SW to just park up below the TP, clearly visible above the felled brash. Good views although it wasn't the clearest of days.
2017-12-05 11:30 - TP5749 (Round Top)
FB Number: S6496 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
As Caroleengel observes below, it is possible to drive to the track junction just east of the TP, although you do have to ‘turn a blind eye’ to one Forestry Commission notice just beyond The Haining that says “No unauthorised vehicles beyond this point” (or perhaps Caroleengel works for the FC and IS authorised to drive on these tracks!). The footpath that climbs N up to the TP is well marked, so this is an easy find; sadly though it has little to no views.
2017-11-25 15:06 - TP1859 (Cairnglastenhope)
FB Number: S6585 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Drove as far as Plundershaw, and although the barrier gate just W of it was open I decided descretion the better part of valour and parked on the E side so I couldn't be locked in if someone decided to lock the gate once I'd set off. It was tempting to drive almost all the way to the TP as I could have done, but then part of this TP bagging exercise is, er, exercise. So we walked from Plundershaw, followed all the advice below and found the TP no problem.Just under 1h 45m there and back.
2017-11-25 13:04 - TP6206 (Stokoe High Crags)
FB Number: S6560 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Started from Dally Castle, farmer was around so asked permission to walk up to the TP. He was very helpful (if not somewhat bemused). Through gate N of the castle and follow the dry stone wall NE on its N side up a pasture field, through another gate and up Birks Moor to where the wood turns 90 degrees to the SW. through another gate. The next section is flatter but boggier, eventually the crags and the TP come into view. Good views north, decent views in other directions.
2017-11-24 16:04 - TP1442 (Blackdown)
FB Number: S6695 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Approached from the minor road between Ridsdale and Knowesgate (its the road with the 'Shoe Tree' along it). Parked on a bend by the FP and followed PROW through a cattle creep under the old railway line and on to Ray Fell. From here the route is just as tough and arduous going as the approach described below by everyone who set off from the A696 from Raechester, except even longer. In truth, this route doesn't really have much to commend it. The views from Blackdown TP though are worth the effort, despite the Wind Farm.
2017-11-24 12:50 - TP3247 (Fourlaws Hill)
FB Number: S6629 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Found easily on second attempt. First attempt, a couple of weeks earlier, had been an impromptu and un-researched stop off that resulted in 30 minutes of futile thrashing about in the deepening gloom of a dark November late afternoon. Today however, armed with all the info below, no problems at all. If I can add anything helpful, then it is this - from the barrier gate I counted 108 paces along the track to the 'V' shaped dead tree (as shown in the photos). Keep to the right of the "heathery ride", don't get tempted off to the left if it starts to look overgrown, and finally you have to negotate 3 wind fall trunks to reach the stone circle. With this information, Fourlaws TP is possibly easier to locate than Shepherdskirk Hill.
The forest track barrier gate... ...pace out 108 steps from the barrier up the track...
The 'V' shaped dead tree Entrance to the ride through the trees
View North with Rosie
2017-11-11 15:14 - TP4064 (Hungry Law)
FB Number: S7912 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
A lovely walk in from the north, took minor road from Hownam to just beyond Upper Hindhope and walked south past Fairloans across a couple of pasture fields before steady climb up rough moorland to the cairn of Phillip's Cross on Catcleugh Hill and followed the border ridge from there, and back via Greyhound Hill. If you want to try this approach to the TP, note that the path shown on the map between Fairloans to The Heart's Toe up Willowhawk Burn exists more in the imagination of the cartographer than the experience of the hillwalker...Terrific views in all directions, we saw considerably more of the top of Deadwater Moor than we saw on the top of Deadwater Moor four days earlier!
2017-11-08 15:36 - TP7081 (Wreighill Pike)
FB Number: S8035 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Followed field edge from the E. Farmer was busy in the top field as I approached the TP, I asked his permission to visit the TP and he was fine, just advised us to give the cows in the top field a wide berth - advice which was not strictly necessary, we'd worked that out for ourselves!! Pleasant views, easy walk.
2017-11-08 15:20 - TP2746 (Deadwater Moor)
FB Number: S7917 Condition: Damaged Score: 5/10
Stunning morning setting off, hour and a halfs drive across the county to the last remaining 'Top 10' summit in the county. From Kielder village the masts and golf ball were clearly seen...after emerging from the forest track onto the moorland section of the climb we walked into a bank of freezing fog wich refused to shift. By the time we got to the summit we could hardly see the golf ball from the TP...a significant disappointment!
2017-10-30 12:36 - TP5945 (Shill Moor)
FB Number: S7991 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
30/10/17 Third Visit - Same route as previous a really good two & half hour walk - from Hartside Farm to Alnhammoor, then the ROW SW towards Salters Road before cutting W over Scauld Knowe and following fence line round to the summit, then dropping N down rough, steep slopes to the Breamish. Follow the track along the Breamish before taking track down to FB ovrer the Breamish and returning to Hartside via Linhope. 11/09/17 Second Visit - a fabulous day, however some balls up with SD card meant we lost all the photos from the summit grrrr 05/09/15 First Visit - Due to unfortunate circumstances our Sunday afternoon plans got 'punctured', but we salvaged enough of one of the last truly glorious days of the summer to fashion a shorter walk than planned but allowed us to tick a hill we'd traversed round several times without ever ascending to the summit. Fabulous views, but on a day like this one, anywhere would look good. Except Sunderland, obviously.
2017-10-12 12:47 - TP6732 (Warden Hill)
FB Number: S6662 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Walked up from Fourstones. In haste to get up through the wood took a direct line up through the trees, instead of walking about another 10 yards further then following the good path as indicated by a finger post marker! This path leads to a gate in the wall - my route didn't...the cows in the field N of the TP were 'entertaining'. Reasonable views, but nothing awe inspiring.
2017-10-12 12:00 - TP4416 (Limestone Bank)
FB Number: S6659 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Parked in lay-by to the W and followed the grassy route as everyone else. Great views N, shame the views SW towards Sewingsheilds and the more dramatic and iconic section of the wall are obscured.
2017-10-12 11:17 - TP5591 (Ravensheugh Crags)
FB Number: S6622 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Same route as everyone else. Good views - though there's not a lot of space on the north side of the TP to get the 'View South' shot...
2017-10-12 10:39 - TP1384 (Birk Hill)
FB Number: S6624 Condition: Good Score: 3/10
2017-10-12 09:57 - TP6763 (Watch Crags)
FB Number: S6615 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Parked by the gate and walked up to Watsons Walls then up through the heather to the TP. Might have managed to get another TP today if we had driven this section. Still we got six today which was a decent haul. As views go, this was possibly the best of the six, bettered only by Ravensheugh Crags.
2017-10-12 09:26 - TP2952 (Ealingham Rigg)
FB Number: S6638 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Same as everyone else. Good, if slightly unspectacular views.
2017-09-26 12:54 - TP2052 (Catton Beacon)
FB Number: S6655 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Very well organised today, camera had SD card in it, right OS map packed, both dogs with me...forgot their leads. Managed to fashion a dual lead out of a roll of shrink-wrap I had in the car so they could both come along. As I approached the TP a large black grouse was sitting on the skyline right by the TP, would have made a fantastic photo but wrestling the camera out the camera bag while trying to control 2 dogs tied up with clingfilm meant there was zero chance of grabbing that shot before the bird was long gone...first world problems...Really great 360 degree views from here, a lovely spot.
2017-09-19 13:44 - TP1082 (Batey Catreen)
FB Number: S6636 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Thought this was a spelling mistake and that I was going to visit Batey Canteen. Very disappointed there was no hot food available.
2017-09-19 12:32 - TP1452 (Blackmoor Skirt)
FB Number: S6590 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Sorry to cast aspirsions on the comments below by caroleengle, but the road from the south that runs N from Sundaysight really ISN'T all that bad, 4x4 or otherwise (certainly no worse than the road that leads up to Coldtown Beacon for example)...There is a gate due W of the TP along this road, on the N side of the gate is a good parking spot where a PROW leads off NW towards Highgreen Manor (an amazing looking building if you get to drive back S past that). From here just follow the fence line on its N side directly up the hillside due E, just before the brow of the hill is reached there is a wooden gate in the fence after which the new-ish pigwire becomes rusty barbed wire. Cross S over the gate and then head SE through the heather to the TP, which offers great 360 views.
2017-09-19 11:44 - TP4814 (Midhopelaw Pike)
FB Number: S6628 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Walked up from the gate north of the TP and at the top carefully climbed over the wall. The wall has suffered a minor collapse at one point close to the TP - over-enthusiastic TP baggers perhaps?
2017-09-19 11:06 - TP2344 (Coldtown Beacon)
FB Number: S6634 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Drove up from Hareshaw Head, first of 4 TPs today. Fabulous 360 degree views from here.
2017-09-14 13:05 - TP3603 (Harbottle)
FB Number: S8066 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 9/10
Parked at the West Wood Forestry Commission car park and followed signed footpath to the Drakestone. The walk up through the woods to the Drake stone is delightful. The Drakestone is a massive lump of rock carved and sculpted by elemental forces, and then, sadly and inevitably, graffitted and defaced by morons. From the Drakestone a tough little yomp south over a couple of rocky ridges and through deep heather eventually leads to the TP on top of Cold Law. The views in all directions are terrific, from the North Sea coast in the east to who knows how far to the south west. The Cheviots to the North, the whole of the Otterburn Ranges to the west with the Keilder Observatory on the skyline in the far distance. One of the best view points in all of Northumberland IMHO... A hairline crack on the NW face of the TP is just starting to open up...
2017-08-27 10:02 - TP5437 (Pigdon)
FB Number: S3686 Condition: Toppled Score: 3/10
Toppled, Damaged & Moved...and now completely overgrown and buried under a massive patch of 6' high stinging nettles. Take a sythe! I spent half an hour trying to find the pillar in the undergrowth and cleared as much as I could but within days the pillar will be subsumed again. All that said, this was never going to be one of Northumberland's more interesting TPs, with only the views to the NW towards Simonside of any note.
2017-08-19 18:02 - TP3137 (Fellhouse Fell)
FB Number: S6486 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Fifth and final TP of the day - had hoped to achieve so much more! However always knew that Pike Rigg TP was going to take a couple of hours there and back, and so it proved. This one however was very easy, so much so I took the old dog along on this one, in the hope that bagging the Knarsdale Forest TP hadn't knackered him out completely. Good views again, albeit not dissimilar to neighbouring Cairn End...
2017-08-19 17:13 - TP1848 (Cairn End)
FB Number: S6441 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Parked on verge by entrence to Low Byer and very straight forward route north up Todhillwood Fell. Could be renamed ' Watership Down' there were that many rabbits running around the hillside. Dog was going radge, had to be kept on her lead the whole walk. Heather in full flower, I do like a purple hillside. Decent views.
2017-08-19 15:36 - TP3303 (Gapshields)
FB Number: S6267 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Parked to the south east where the Pennine Way meets the Kellah Burn and followed the Pennine Way north to the TP. By a considerable margin this is by far the wettest, boggiest walk I have ever undertaken. If I am ever asked the question in a general knowledge quiz 'what is the longest man-made waterway in the UK' I will not answer 'the Grand Union Canal' but 'The Pennine Way'. At least this walk has put me off even thinking about doing that challenge FOR GOOD. The views from the TP once reached were pretty decent, esp towards Sewingshield Crags along Hadrian's Wall, but this was not a very enjoyable experience...
2017-08-19 13:48 - TP4263 (Knarsdale Forest)
FB Number: S6581 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Parked on verge just before Hanging Shaw and followed bulldozed track to a junction not shown on the map and from there straight on up the fence line to the TP. Passed the previous visitor on the way up without realising it! Took both dogs with me, though felt afterwards the climb up from Hanging Shaw was about as much as the old fella could handle... By the way Ted, the 'Big Fish Little Fish' thing was a daft dance thing from the 90's Acid House / Rave / Happy Handbag clubbing scene. Not just North East - I was introduced to it by my Cornish girlfriend at the time. Doing it now will make you look very silly, but provide endless amusement to 10 year old neices, nephews, step-daughters etc. Hope this has been of use!
2017-08-19 11:26 - TP5441 (Pike Rigg)
FB Number: S6663 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 8/10
This was to be my 100th TP in Northumberland, and I'd wanted to make it a challenging one as well as a good one. Both objectives amply fulfilled. Same route and general observations as paulxtr below. However, unlike Walker Dan the goose appears to have trudged off...
2017-08-12 19:48 - TP2340 (Cold Law)
FB Number: S8033 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
First Visit 04/01/13 Not Nick & Rosie, but Nick & Bobby. For a very old girl, the dog did well to get to the top of this. Walked from the Hawsen Burn to the top of Broadhope Hill then east to Cold Law. Second Visit 29/12/13 Glorious clear day, fabulous views, Rosie's 2nd TP. Walked from the Carey Burn to Broadstruther then south to the col between Broadhope Hill and Cold Law. Third Visit 12/08/17 with Rosie and Blue, that's 3 dogs now I've taken up this hill. Parked by the Carey Burn and walked up via Steely Crags. Not shown on any map yet is the extension of the bulldozed track that now leads to just below the summit, an obtrusive scar on the landscape, inflicted on the landscape to aid rich knobs in the pursuit of slaughtering wildlife...Arriving at the summit late in the evening surprised to find a photographer camped out by the TP, hoping to film the Perseid Meteor shower. Thoroughly nice chap called Andy. Hope this site inspires him to take up Trig Pointing and to log his visits...
2017-08-06 12:45 - TP6349 (The Beacon)
FB Number: S8062 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 6/10
I'd been putting off doing this one as reading the reports below made it seem a bit of a tricky one, guess I was waiting for the Trig Point fairy to magic it easier...Parked up the track opposite Ovenstone Plantaion off the B6341 and followed way-marked ROW NW then NE down through a broken gate and stile to across the Keenshaw Burn over a footbridge and up out of the plantation at another gate. There are Marker Posts for the ROW up The Long Chirn but the path has disappeared into deep bracken, heather and myrtle. After the 4th marker post a good path appears, and the route to Woodhouses is straight forward, but that first section is a definite slog! Then followed round the side of the Dues Hill plantation in a clockwise direction where there is a decent path up the steep hillside close to the fence, and round to the top, going over a couple of low fences to get into the plantation to the TP summit. As mentioned below, the TP itself does not afford any of the great views of the Cheviots or the Simonside - Darden Pike ridge that are enjoyed on the walk to the TP.
2017-07-16 21:08 - TP2818 (Dour Hill)
FB Number: S7697 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
As it was a 'Non-Firing Day' on the Ranges we headed north from Rochester and parked up along Bellshiel Road and made our way west. It being very late in the day we navigated more by heading directly towards the setting sun, and following a convenient ATV track, which was a mistake as the sun was setting in the north west and not in the WSW direction we needed to head - consequently we ended up much closer to Lamb Crag a good distance north from where we wanted to be. Was very surprised to see in the distance another walker out on the ridge at that time of night (by now it was almost 9pm Sunday evening), and then another, and then a dozen more...it was a platoon of 'our boys' out on an exercise! Beautiful evening, fantastic sunset, great vantage point and good exercise over rough ground - perfect end to the weekend.
2017-07-13 11:55 - TP3334 (Gaterley Hill)
FB Number: S6228 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Parked up at end of lane by Hexham Common TP and followed well waymarked footpath over the moor between Coldcoats Sike and Anchey Sike heading for the rather insignificant brown lump on the horizon that is Gaterley Hill. Lovely walk, the return views are even better. Scores at least one extra point as this was the first time I have ever come across a grass snake, though it swiftly disappeared into the heather before I could reach for a camera!
2017-07-13 10:58 - TP3754 (Hexham Common)
FB Number: S6495 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Although it's just a roadside TP it (a) has pretty fantastic views, especially north, and (b) it is the starting point for a fabulous walk over the moor to neighbouring TP Gaterley Hill. Highly recommend combining these two for a tremendous couple of hours excursion!
2017-07-12 11:24 - TP4532 (Longknowe Hill)
FB Number: S7436 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
A good walk to a good viewpoint and no unreasonable idiotic landowners encountered! Parked at the Car Park at Westnewton and followed the bridalway west past The Staw farm and then south west before it rises up between Mid Hill and Staw Hill. Almost at the top of this rise the track divides, about 10m up on the left fork is a way marker, however ignore this and take the right fork over the moor and down the otherside traversing through deep bracken via any number of cattle traces. Just beyond a tiny disused quarry is a gate that gives access to the SW slopes og Longknowe Hill. Fantastic views in all directions.
2017-07-05 20:15 - TP5954 (Shirlah Pike)
FB Number: S3574 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Parked up, as others below, at point 278 on the B6341 and took a fairly direct line over the moor to the obvious high point a mile or so to the south east. After the previous days weather had been more redolent of January than July it was a pretty soggy yomp in places, but we'd dressed appropriately and enjoyed the exercise and the accompanying cry of the curlews. The tree line obscures all views NE through to SE, but otherwise the views are extensive, albeit tonight Simonside and the Cheviots were capped with low cloud. A probable revisit on a brighter, clearer day.
2017-07-03 21:03 - TP6321 (Target Plantation)
FB Number: S3547 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
A frustrating evening of attempted Trig Pointing was finaly rewarded with a fantastic TP on a glorious evening. Intended to do Harbottle but got thwarted in the woods by a ferocious swarm of midges! Retreated back to do Weighill Pike, but lots of farming activity going on and one approach was through a field of sheep, and the other approach through a field of cows so thought better of doing it with the dog...so we ended up doing this one, and its a stunner! Approached from a Cul de Sac in Rothbury called Blaeberry Hill and followed FP up to and beyond the radio mast then followed easy track round west and then north before cutting up to the TP.
2017-06-15 09:28 - TP2989 (East Lightside Farm)
FB Number: S6487 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
It's a drive by. Nice views though.
2017-06-15 09:05 - TP3755 (Hexham Racecourse)
FB Number: S6579 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
TP can be spotted immediately you go through the main gate. Views south through to west blocked by the racecourse buildings but the TP is in a good spot and looks well maintained.
2017-06-14 14:28 - TP6877 (White Crags)
FB Number: S7503 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
From Carter Bar followed the track that traverses gently round Carter Pike and Buzzard Crags to the old quarry works. From the end of the track a footpath is shown on the map but this path is purely notional, there is nothing but miles of rough, desolate and mostly featureless moorland. Heading south east the TP is visible on the skyline, and once it disappears back below the horizon the crags themselves give a good marker to head towards. It's hard going over rough heather, peat hags, shite dunes and bogs. The effort is somewhat rewarded with excellent views north east towards the Cheviots and to the south west the Kielder Observatory is distinct on the horizon. But you are mostly looking at an interminal expanse of heather... Most impressive was the wildlife seen en route - deer, a large herd of feral goats, and best of all a huge buzzard being mobbed by crows - actually on Buzzard Crag!
2017-06-07 11:45 - TP4519 (Long Crag Gunnerton)
FB Number: S6625 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Route as per everyone below, exceptional air clarity on a clear day following 48 hours of heavy rain gave exceptionally good views.
2017-06-07 11:15 - TP4822 (Military Road)
FB Number: S6623 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Would suggest that attempting to park on or below the blind summit that the TP sits on along the B6318 is pretty foolhardy, the road is not only quite busy but very fast. We parked about quarter of a mile west of the TP at the end of the plantation where a gravel track gives access to the Hadrians Wall footpath. The walk back up through the wood is a short pleasant stroll, but the views from the TP itself are sadly restricted.
2017-05-23 09:44 - TP4916 (Moot Law)
FB Number: S3995 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Walked up from the quarry on glorious clear day which accentuated the fantastic views in all directions bar due east, which is obscured by a nearby plantation, however the views to the south and west more than compensate for this.
2017-05-23 09:08 - TP3187 (Five Lane Ends)
FB Number: S6654 Condition: Toppled Score: 6/10
It's still there recumbent, route as per everyone else, parking without blocking the gate or the gate opposite requires some consideration. Very good views for 180 degrees away from the wood.
2017-05-17 14:00 - TP2135 (Cheeveley)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 3/10
Late summer 2016 tried to find this one coming at it via the farm at Shaw, completely missed it as it's on the other side of the hedge from that approach and the vegetation was very high. This time approached as described by paulxtr below. I've been considering an objective methodology for the ratings score out of 10 we give TPs - if every TP starts with a potential score of 10/10 then - less than 500m high = minus 1 point and if less than 100m high = minus 2 points; no views for 180 degrees or more = minus 1 point; uninteresting approach = minus 1 point; no interesting geographical features in the vicinity = minus 1 point; no interesting historic antiquities in the vicinity = minus 1 point; stuck in a hedge = minus 1 point...therefore Cheeveley gets 3/10 and that still feels generous....
2017-05-17 13:10 - TP2147 (Chester Hill)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Route as below from radio mast along field edge. Views are OK, just nothing exceptional.
2017-05-17 11:30 - TP5908 (Shaftoe Crags)
FB Number: S3707 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Lovely circular walk from Bolam West House following bridal path towards Shaftoe Moor, then cutting over the crags to the TP and south to pick up the track that leads past East Shaftoe Hall and back towards Bolam. Extensive views in all directions, Cheviot visible beyond Simonside Hills. A really lovely spot.
2017-05-17 10:46 - TP1679 (Broom Hill)
FB Number: S3687 Condition: Good Score: 4/10
Entering this log some 6 hours after visiting Broom Hill, and my shins are still smarting from the stinging nettles encountered getting to it! Not one to visit in the summer wearing shorts! Same route as paulxtr below...I think the nice lady at West Broomhill is now rather perplexed as to the sudden interest in the Trig Point! It is not in truth a very interesting TP however :-(
2017-05-10 10:51 - TP3510 (Grey Nag)
FB Number: S6575 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Climbed the route as described below from the phone box at Castle Nook and up over Great Heaplaw and Black Hill, a fairly strenuous yomp over rough moorland. By the time we reached the grouse butts across Black Hill my calf muscles were popping like crazy, and by the time we'd got to the top it felt like we'd climbed a proper hillwalker's hill. However, for anyone not wishing to submit themselves to a two hour schlepp I'd suggest a better route of ascent would be the route we descended the hill by. An alternative start point is the landrover track about 500m north of the phonebox, by some riding stables at Kirkhaugh. Car parking here is admittedly scarse, though quite possible to park at the phone box and walk up to this point. After about 300m along the track an obvious ATV track leads round the northern edge of Great Heaplaw and then almost to the top of the hill. The third highest point in the county of Northumberland, it provides a glorious 360 panorama of the North Pennines, and whichever route of ascent you choose, keep it for a clear day because your efforts will be amply rewarded!
2017-05-03 13:22 - TP4900 (Monylaws)
FB Number: S7385 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 9/10
Some reports for this TP below only rate it as a '5' - they obviously didn't visit the hill on as glorious as day as we did! Stunning 360 views, a pleasant stroll up from Barley Hill Cottage - this was our 7th and final TP of the day before having to return home for a late afternoon shift at work. But what a wonderful way to finish our day's bagging!
2017-05-03 12:29 - TP6920 (Whitton Hill)
FB Number: S7468 Condition: Good Score: 3/10
Whitton Hill TP is situated just above the village of Milfield. Milfield has a pub in it called the Red Lion. I've been to loads of pubs in England called the 'Red Lion', and the Red Lion Milfield is probably the worst one I've ever been to. Not only is it not dog friendly, it's not really people friendly either. Returning to Milfield to bag Whitton Hill I was struck how, like the local pub, I've visited loads of TPs but this one is one of the worst I've ever been to! Stuck in a scruffy little barbed wire protected coppice full of stinging nettles with no real views, overshadowed by the more impressive hills of Houseden Hill to the SW and Flodden Hill to the NW, I'd have scored this even lower if it wasn't for the fact we flushed out a Roe Deer as we made our way round the field edge, and it was a gloriously sunny day.
2017-05-03 11:35 - TP5095 (New Heaton)
FB Number: S7391 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
After walking from Melkington to Cramondhill along the Muggers Loan we retraced our steps then carried on the short distance to New Heaton. The map shows the track cutting directly east to the corner of the plantation New Hearton TP is situated in - however the track skirts NE round the side of the hill following the Oxdean Burn before ascending SSE up the field edge to the plantation. Not realising this we made a direct line for the TP across the (trackless) field but returned following the track. The New Heaton TP should offer much the same view as Cramondhill, they being so close together; however being a wee bit higher potentially should offer a better view, but being in a plantation actual has a more limited view. Curious as to why these two TPs are so closely located.
2017-05-03 11:02 - TP2537 (Cramondhill)
FB Number: S7388 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Walked from Melkington along Muggers Loan. The field was full of sheep with lambs, despite being on a short leash I was more apprehensive about taking the dog to bag this one with me than I have about any previous TP. Fortunately the Cramond Hill farm appeared deserted. Good views rather spoiled by the National Grid pylons and lines close by.
2017-05-03 10:03 - TP5655 (Rhodes Hill)
FB Number: S7384 Condition: Good Score: 4/10
What could have been...potentially superb views if it wasn't buried in a wood. Pleasant walk up from the Smithy's in Etal Rhodes, giving great views of Berryhill Crags. Regretted not having made a slightly longer walk of it and walked up from Berryhill over the crags.
2017-05-03 09:23 - TP4693 (Mattilees Hill)
FB Number: S6459 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
03/05/17 (2nd Visit) A morning spent chasing down the few remaining TPs I still had to bag in the north of the county, the superb weather reminded me that this TP was worth a revisit...07/11/16 (1st Visit) A few weeks ago we visited the wonderful stone circle at Duddo, about a kilometre to the west of this TP but hidden from view from here by a small plantation. The weather that day was as balmy as this one was stormy, so I know there are great views from this TP - I just didn't capture them today. A return visit will be required, at least its not a difficult or arduous TP to get to!
2017-05-03 08:55 - TP4988 (Murton Whitehouse)
FB Number: S7231 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Easy access up field edge from SW, no gate just a large gap in the hedge and a post with a sign saying 'Danger of Death' on it. Only possible cause of death we could find was, as noted below by Moira293, the considerable amount of horse poop as you approach the TP. In spite of this however we managed to survive, and enjoyed some good views on what was shaping up to be a glorious day.
2017-04-22 18:16 - TP1588 (Branshaw)
FB Number: S7428 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Final TP of 4 for today. I wonder if anyone has ever done Blakemans Law and NOT done this one too?
2017-04-22 18:01 - TP1484 (Blakemans Law)
FB Number: S7377 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Virtually a drive-by. Easy short ascent from the road. There are that many rabbits and rabbit warrens and burrows immediately below the summit of the hill that the whole hill appears in imminent danger of collapse! Someone had placed a horseshoe in the hole where the plug should be, I decided as it had been a lucky day of bagging TPs with great views it would be tempting fate to remove it.
2017-04-22 16:55 - TP2409 (Corby Pike)
FB Number: S7922 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Parked by the cattle grid north of the TP on the road that passes Ridlees Cairn. Although the moorland to the TP looks rough going there are a couple of ATV tracks that will lead you easily to the TP, however a pig wire / barbed wire fence has to be negotiated. If you walk till you are level east of the TP or south of it the fence becomes pig wire only and is so slack it is very easily crossed to reach the TP. Extensive views in a wild and lonely spot, we had just the skylarks for company.
2017-04-22 15:55 - TP6441 (Thirl Moor)
FB Number: S7429 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
The walk across the moor looks like it could be hard going but some ATV tracks virtually from the stile at point 509 means this is a very easy TP to reach. Extensive views in all directions, including the eastern hills of the Lake District. Just to the immediate North West is a great view of the Roman encampment of Chew Green.
2017-04-04 13:50 - TP1089 (Bavington Crags)
FB Number: S6637 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Fabulous and extensive views in a lovely spot on a glorious day. Would have scored this higher if only there was slightly more 'challenge' to finding this one! Large piles of white stone piled up on the other side of the road suggesting something ominiously like an imminent construction of something here? Please, surely not!
2017-04-04 13:10 - TP3815 (Higham Dykes)
FB Number: S3710 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
A pleasant enough TP, visited on a lovely day. Sometimes there's little more to say here other than "see below"...see below.
2017-03-27 14:02 - TP3810 (High Trewhitt)
FB Number: S3548 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Couldn't be closer to the road unless it was a traffic bollard! Some lovely views in all directions, particularly Long Crag, Simonside, and extensive views down Coquetdale towards Alwinton and the southern hills of the Cheviots.
2017-03-20 12:34 - TP6458 (Thornton House)
FB Number: S3688 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Parked by the wonderfully named Needless Hall Moor and followed bridal track ROW due south through 4 gates before turning W to follow a fence up to a dry stone wall and followed that S to a gate that leads directly into the field with the TP in it. A bright and blustery day with good visibility although this is an unassuming TP with no views of any real note, the Simonside Hills to the NW being the only real point of interest. A pleasant enough stroll but not one I'd bother to revisit in a hurry...
2017-03-17 14:05 - TP3312 (Garleigh Moor)
FB Number: S3696 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Parked on the B6342 at the footpath onto Garleigh Moor by the point marked as 217m on the map. An easy climb over rough moorland up to the TP, which although over shadowed by the Simonside Hills to the south west actually provides a tremendous 360 degree panorama. It was a wild and stormy afternoon, but this is certainly one we'll return to on a really clear day, this is a fantastic little hill.
2017-03-14 12:45 - TP5946 (Shillhope Law)
FB Number: S8079 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Ever get that feeling, as you laboriously huff and puff your way up a hillside "HOW did I manage to get THIS unfit??!!" Up from Shillmoor on a very blustery day, but wonderfully clear and bright to complete what I think is probably the last of the really great Trig Points in Northumberland and one of the last remain highpoints in the Cheviots I'd not set foot on before. A fantastic walk with superb views, and no one else on the hills at all.
2017-03-06 11:30 - TP4637 (Manside Cross)
FB Number: S3625 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Walked in from the bottom of the road sign-posted to Harwood and followed the St Oswald's Way path through the hamlet of Harwood - it would save 5 minutes walk there and back to drive up and park in Harwood itself. After about 400m the StOW track crosses another track and then about another 300m beyond on the left is a Forestry Commission 'Ride' which we ventured up. The going was soft in places and the avenue of larch trees fairly interminable but the otherwise featureless ride was punctuated with 'Furlong' Marker posts - at the 7 Furlong marker you come out at another main track. Turn right and after 100m there is a T junction of tracks, turn sharp left back on yourself and cross a small wooden footbridge and a stile into a broad firebreak through the forest. There is a feint path through the rough and in places wet firebreak which gradually ascends to the marker stone that was once Manside Cross, turning left to follow the fence up over an area of old earthworks the TP is easily found. Sadly it offers no views but larch trees in all directions! There is a decent view W from Manside Cross, and the return down the firebreak offers good views of Coatyards and Greenleighton TPs. Once back at the stile we continued E along the main track which after about 300m turns S back to Harwood, and the views S between the trees on this track before you start to descend are extensive. A good walk but the lack of any views from the TP itself was a bit of a disappointment.
2017-02-27 14:46 - TP6460 (Thorny Hill)
FB Number: S3699 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Quite intrigued by this TP as the ratings scores for it from the reviews below range from 10/10 to just 2/10 Can any other TP boast such differing ratings?! Parked at Cragend and followed footpath through farm where very helpful landowner advised on route. Followed hedge to footbridge over burn, then kept left through wood to meet wall and followed that up through the wood to a broken stile and then kept on over another stile and through a gate following ROW towards Longframlington. The TP is easily spotted in a field to the right of the ROW which requires a jump over a barbed wire fence to reach. Good views west to Simonside.
2017-02-21 13:26 - TP5960 (Shoreswood)
FB Number: S6461 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Easy find close to very interesting WW2 radio tower. Good and extensive views in all directions considering this TP is less than 100m above sea level. The views are best observed from the Radio Tower, which has a handy view finder in it!
2017-02-21 11:30 - TP2796 (Doddington)
FB Number: S7472 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 5/10
Parked at the T Junction at 020353 and followed Bridlepath WNW across pasture field (very faded sign warning of 'bull in field' on gate into field, no bull to be seen) headed to top right of field, through another field then into rough area before passing through a double gate and headed NW to gate in top corner of this field by the plantation wall. Steeper, rougher section to hill top, easier to take a zig-zag traverse on a rough track NE then NW and rejoin the wall where it turns left and the TP is easily seen about 20m further along the wall (and after the end of the pigwire & barbed wire fence). This whole area is succumbing to a major infestation of Rhoddedendrum Ponticum, a dreadful non-native invasive weed. No views in any direction to speak of, but the walk back to the car affords good views of the hills from Shepherdskirk Hill to Ross Castle.
2017-02-10 16:24 - TP3498 (Greenleighton)
FB Number: S3622 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
30/11/16 14:35 An interesting and fairly obscure corner of Northumberland with excellent views north towards Tosson Hill and Simonside across the Harwood Forest, and extensive views south. The road that leads NNW up past Rothley Shield West has 3 gates across it in quick succession which makes for awkward progress if there's only one of you in the car! The road that leads WNW from Rothley Shield East has no gates and is therefore a much more convenient route to the Greenleighton Quarry car park! The upshot of this visit was I somehow managed to corrupt the photos transferring them from my SD Card to my HD, so another visit is required...10/02/17 16:24 Second visit...very snowy, so thought this an ideal opportunity to retake the missing photos from previous visit...however, forgot to charge camera battery got 3 pictures then the camera died, so a THIRD visit is now required. Glad this is an easy to access and very pleasant TP to visit!!
2017-02-10 13:57 - TP6904 (Whitehill)
FB Number: S3624 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
There are a number of tracks in quick succession that run south from the road apparently towards the radio mast, the best one to access theTP is the one furthest west with a sign for "Middle White Hill". The gate into the reservoir compound has been smashed off its hinges, so no jumping over barbed wire required at present! Good views on a picturesque snowy afternoon...
2017-02-07 12:30 - TP6919 (Whitsunbank Hill)
FB Number: S3584 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Drove up the track from Wooler that passes by the football and cricket pitches to a small car park where another track comes down from the odd shaped radio mast (it looks like someone started to build a space rocket but gave up). Followed a green lane SE past Coldmartin Loughs and a plantation of silver birch trees to a junction of 4 tracks and a footpath, turned half left then half left again to follow another green lane up to a right turn where the TP is very obvious beyond a barbed wire fence, however there is a kissing gate through the fence allowing access to the TP. A path not shown on the OS Explorer heads W from the TP to another gate and then meanders down to the compound around the radio mast, before dropping back down to the car park. A pleasant and undemanding stroll, worth repeating on a clearer day to take full advantage of the decent views from the TP.
2017-02-03 12:37 - TP3708 (Hebron Hill)
FB Number: S3685 Condition: Good Score: 3/10
Exactly as 'Offpiste' below. Certainly the least interesting TP in Northumberland we've visited to date...
2017-01-23 14:45 - TP4339 (Lane End)
FB Number: S3570 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Third attempt to reach this TP, on two occassions in the autumn the field with the TP in it had yet to be harvested. Must have been the last wheat field in Northumberland to be harvested! Not sure if the fact that the foundations of the TP have been completely undercut and the TP sits proud in the field on its exposed base means it is 'Slightly Damaged' but it remains upright and with no obvious cracks or damage to the main body of the pillar. We followed the signposted footpath to the ENE of the TP parking by the gate just before the first of the few houses on Whittingham Lane and headed along the field edge WSW. The first gate is very stiff to open easier to use the stile, over another stile at the second gate, the third gate is secured with barbed wire but the dog managed to negotiate the stile cleverly, then at the top of the third field where the footpath veers half left there is another stile which gives you the opportunity to hop over the fence into the field with the TP in on your left rather than go directly over the stile to follow the footpath. Superb views north to the Cheviots, particularly Hedgehope. Scanning east Titlington Pike, Ross Castle, Brizlee and Freemanshill all well seen. Views to the south go no further than Thrunton Crag and woods.
2016-12-12 13:45 - TP2793 (Dod Law)
FB Number: S3695 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Parked about 1 km NE of Doddington village just past 'Cheviot View' at the junction of tracks where the track to the Golf Club turns sharp right by a large sign for the quarry. Walked up to the Golf Club and followed the ROW to the top of the golf course and through a gate, short walk along a good path to the left leads up to a stile from where the TP is visible. Excellent views in all directions, slightly disorientating as you'd expect the view of the sea to be to the east, however the only view of the sea is looking directly north, towards Berwick on Tweed. Returning to the top of the golf course we turned left and walked a short distance towards the Shepherd's House, just before it is a path that skirts NW round the ancient settlement before dropping down to Doddington, and a brisk walk back along the Golf Club road to our starting point. All extremely pleasant!
2016-12-07 15:33 - TP1552 (Bowsden West)
FB Number: S7058 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
As others, parked in lay-by opposite farm and followed farm track / bridal path up to the wee gate by the Copper Beech tree. It was approaching dusk and the sky was pretty overcast but the views were somewhat lacking in the magnificence we've come to expect in North Northumberland...
2016-11-29 16:01 - TP2305 (Coatyards)
FB Number: S3623 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Parked by track leading to Coatyards Farm, there are 2 gates opposite - the left hand one goes directly into the field that the TP is in, the right hand gate is the start of a ROW that leads past the TP but on the wrong side of 2 barbed wire fences and a recently re-planted hawthorn hedge. So taking this option meant walking all the way to the end of this field along the ROW where there is a reasonable opportunity to get over / past the barbed wire and into the upper field and then back and across to the TP. If I'd have known this to begin with I'd have ignored the ROW and just gone through the left hand gate and directly to the TP. Fantastic views S across Northumberland and a good view NW towards the Cheviots. Superb sunset for good measure!
2016-11-26 14:59 - TP5680 (Ridlees Cairn)
FB Number: S7427 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Superb views, an area of the County that is 'off limits' to the general public more often than access is allowed, a fantastic sunset, splendid isolation despite close proximity to the road, a concrete bunker to explore...another absolute winner!
2016-11-20 15:15 - TP1641 (Brizlee Wood)
FB Number: S3698 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
We parked up on the minor road south of the TP and walked the mile or so up the gated road that leads north up to the RAF compound and the Early Warning Station. This was the first TP I've taken the girls and both dogs to. There are some impressive crags on the right with a natural sandstone archway as you get close to the top, O had a fine time scrambling around on these before we reached the gate and rang the bell and waited a minute or so before a very smartly uniformed, friendly and helpful RAF person let us in and escorted us through the compound to the TP. He seemed totally nonplussed that a family with two dogs would want to visit the TP but showed quite an interest in what we were doing. The views south are totally blocked by the Hulme Park wall (quite a feat of engineering in itself if you realise how long it is), and other views are slightly obscured by the various buildings and paraphanalia of the EWS compound, but that just serves to make this a pretty interesting TP in its own right.
2016-11-14 14:59 - TP0686 (Greensheen Hill)
FB Number: S1616 Condition: Good Score: 9/10
Parked at Old Hazelrigg and walked north a short way along StCW before heading E along a 'footpath' through a plantation (its on the map, but it's long since been overgrown and traceless) skirting the northern slopes of the delightfully named Dancing Green Hill, before eventually finding the forest track leading NE to Dick's Oldwalls (another great name) before taking footpath NW across fields to TP and back via the cave & StCW. A route that looked good on paper but the section through the wood I would not recommend to anybody!! Once reached though, the TP is in a superb location affording fantastic views over Holy Island east and the northern Cheviot Hills to the west, I have this TP ear-marked for repeat visits in the future...though probably sticking to the tourist route from Holburn Grange next time!
2016-11-14 13:00 - TP1245 (Belford Crag)
FB Number: S3578 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Same route as previous report however the livestock were not in the field today. The field was however something of a quagmire - very wet going. The pillboxes also had about an inch deep of water inside them. Lovely view over Holy Island.
2016-11-03 14:23 - TP3570 (Halidon Hill)
FB Number: S6232 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 8/10
With the unique claim of being England's most northerly TP, set on the site of an historic battlefield, with good access on Permissive Access land and stunning views of the Cheviots and other Borders Hills, I'm surprised that this TP doesn't get better scores for interest. There are even information boards around the tracks and fields explaining the battle of 19 July 1333 - not a good day for Jocky McJockface...I thought this was a great little hill, only the limited views to the north prevent me from giving it top marks!
2016-11-01 15:45 - TP3712 (Hedley Hill)
FB Number: S3691 Condition: Good Score: 4/10
There is a small tarmac patch on the southbound side of the A697 but care is needed on this fast road as you are parking up just over a blind summit. The TP, as others have observed, is very overgrown! The TP is flush against a wooden fence making it impossible to get any access to the north or west sides of the TP, thus rather spoiling my attempt to get photographs of all 4 compass points of every TP visited!
2016-11-01 15:20 - TP1097 (Beacon Hill)
FB Number: S3694 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Possibly unique TP due to being positioned on a croquet lawn?? Fantastic clear autumn day, superb visibility - the views south were extensive.
2016-10-25 13:23 - TP3720 (Helm)
FB Number: S3684 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
A very short clockwise walk from the Helm - Eshott minor road along a short track just west of a cottage, over a gate, up to the TP then out through another gate and onto the green lane mentioned by Offpiste and back round to the car, a walk that could be accomplished in all of 2 minutes if one didn't stop to photograph the TP...Good views west towards the Cheviots and Simonside, views east to the coast blocked by the water tank / reservoir (?) though if you use the stile to take in the views north east - south east along the coast the views are terrific.
2016-10-20 14:26 - TP1032 (Barley Hill)
FB Number: S4108 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Took the opportunity of a requirement to drive to the other end of Northumberland to collect a few 'drive-by' trigs en-route to County Durham. Mickley + Dilston + Winnowshill Common + Barley Hill = less than a couple of hundred metres of walking in total. As easy to reach as any TP I've logged to date. Potentially decent views north obscured by row of trees, good views west / south west though towards the County Border with Cumbria.
2016-10-20 13:39 - TP2780 (Dilston)
FB Number: S6500 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 5/10
Took the opportunity of a requirement to drive to the other end of Northumberland to collect a few 'drive-by' trigs en-route to County Durham. Mickley + Dilston + Winnowshill Common + Barley Hill = less than a couple of hundred metres of walking in total. Parked by the wood and took path into the wood but turned left after about 20 paces and headed to a break in the wall where a timber beam tops the dry stone wall, which gives easy access into the field without having to fight through the (probably inpenetrable) Rhoddies that line the east side of the wall the rest of the way to the end of the wood. The field was full of sheep so dog kept on lead the whole way. Very oddly sited TP! 30 metres south and it would be on top of the hill and would give a much better all round view.
2016-10-20 13:04 - TP6998 (Winnowshill Common)
FB Number: S6497 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Took the opportunity of a requirement to drive to the other end of Northumberland to collect a few 'drive-by' trigs en-route to County Durham. Mickley + Dilston + Winnowshill Common + Barley Hill = less than a couple of hundred metres of walking in total. Parked to the west of Trig Point on the B6306 and a very short walk down forest track and the TP is easily visible (for now). Negotiating the brash is the biggest challenge to this one. Despite the felling of the plantation around the TP the views sadly are not much better than when the TP was surrounded by dense spruce / larch trees!
2016-10-20 12:57 - TP4792 (Mickley)
FB Number: S4094 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Took the opportunity of a requirement to drive to the other end of Northumberland to collect a few 'drive-by' trigs en-route to County Durham. Mickley + Dilston + Winnowshill Common + Barley Hill = less than a couple of hundred metres of walking in total. Mickley TP would afford better views north if it was actually a wee bit closer to the road than it is, the layby / gateway where you park up has fantastic views over the Tyne Valley that are a bit lost when you actually walk up to the TP itself.
2016-10-17 14:11 - TP2730 (Darden Pike)
FB Number: S6635 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Good circular walk from car park on road between Hepple and Elsdon. Took anti-clockwise route, I think this affords the better views, plus the path is better on the upward half of the trip. Still pretty wet, muddy and slippery! Great views from the Trig Point and the cairn, it was a clear day and we had really extensive views south. The dog was especially happy at the discovery of Darden Lough, had a hard time getting her out of it!
2016-10-13 14:25 - TP5937 (Shepherdskirk Hill)
FB Number: S7009 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Originally planned to spend the afternoon doing this, Belford Crags and Dod Law but the mornings sunshine & showers gave way to persistant rain so took note of Off Piste's comment "No view" and figured the afternoon could be sacrificed bagging just this one. In the event its a more interesting hill than many - we came across two climbers on the Dues Heugh crags one teaching the other how to free climb the overhangs, fascinating to watch. Then we walked along the track to the 'Bungalow' - in reality I believe probably a hunting lodge - which has a spectacular view point from its porch south west over the Cheviots. Finding the TP itself proved difficult in the thick and often inpenetrable woodland but eventually it was located, and, just for the sake of clarity - No view!
2016-10-06 13:20 - TP4326 (Lamb Hill)
FB Number: S7989 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Parked at the bottom of the Rowhope Burn and walked up to Carlcroft before taking the paths up Carlcroft Hill and heading for the Mountain Refuge Hut and picking up the Pennine Way / Border Ridge North East. Combined with Beefstand Hill, Mozie Law and Windy Gyle before dropping back down to Rowhope, a good five hour walk with my longest suffering friend, Doctor Mike. Great weather and great views all day - superb.
2016-10-06 12:17 - TP6988 (Windy Gyle)
FB Number: S7999 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
06/10/2016 - 4th visit, 3rd for Rosie, 1st for my longest suffering friend, Doctor Mike. Parked at the bottom of the Rowhope Burn and walked along to Carlcroft before taking the paths up Carlcroft Hill and heading for the Mountain Refuge Hut and picking up the Pennine Way / Border Ridge North East to climb Lamb Hill, Beefstand Hill, Mozie Law and finally Windy Gyle before dropping back down to Rowhope, a good five hour walk. Great weather and great views all day - superb. ~~~~ 22/12/2013 - Rosie's first Trig Point. Ascended from Cocklawfoot via Windy Rig (very windy).
2016-10-05 18:01 - TP3685 (Hay Banks)
FB Number: S3708 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Trickiest bit to finding this one is parking up without blocking either of the two neighbouring gateways. A short walk up alongside the hedge through the left hand gate, past a solitary wind turbine. Good, if somewhat unspectacular views of the south of the county - best view is the one to the north, towards Simonside & Tosson Hill 14 miles away on the horizon.
2016-10-03 12:44 - TP4371 (Law Plantation)
FB Number: S3567 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Almost entirely surrounded by trees and vegetation, you might think this one is best kept back for a cloudy, misty day. However although the views from the TP itself are limited the walk up the track gives lovely views E to Bamburgh Castle and out to the Farne Islands, and back down the coast as far south as Dunstanburgh, while to the W a lovely view of Hedgehope Hill opens up. Very easy to find and get to through the obvious path through the plantation.
2016-09-29 13:51 - TP4418 (Linbrig)
FB Number: S8058 Condition: Damaged Score: 9/10
Linbrig more than made up for the underwhelming experience of Burradon Mains TP, 4 miles away! It holds a commanding position at the Alwinton end of Coquetdale with superb 360 views. Parked at the Alwinton P&D car park and walked a mile or so down the road into Coquetdale, before passing through a metal gate and following a good grassy track that looped and zig-zagged up the south east slopes of Green Side Hill and eventually ends at the small stone cairn of Lords Seat. A short diversion west at about 360m aiming for a rocky knoll and after crossing a pretty rubbish wire fence the TP is situated in a grand airy location. Continuing the walk NE along an ATV track to Lords Seat just 3 metres higher is definitely worth the effort.
2016-09-29 12:39 - TP1790 (Burradon Mains)
FB Number: S7920 Condition: Good Score: 4/10
Visited 2 very contrasting TPs today - this one, roadside, very little clear view; and 4 miles away the splendid Linbrigs which afforded a decent walk and commanding and majestic views. Guess which one gets the higher score! Nothing else to add that others haven't said before...
2016-09-22 12:25 - TP5600 (Reaveley Hill)
FB Number: S8032 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
A two and a half hour saunter on a splendid day through the rolling moorland and hills on the north side of the Ingram Valley. Set off heading west along the footpath just north of Reaveley, headed NW towards shepherds hut then SW to the TP itself. Good views all round, Heddon Hill just to the north, Old Fawdon Hill to the south and numberous other tops inbetween. Continued walk W towards Cunyan Crags before striking SE over the moor towards Calder, and south on the minor road back to the start. The route could easily be extended to include Heddon Hill.
2016-09-12 11:54 - TP2131 (Chatton Park Hill)
FB Number: S3575 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Reached from the bend in the minor road due east of the trig point - it meant avoidiing a field of cows. The hill fort settlement is very obvious but completely failed to find any cup and ring marked stones :-( The views west to the Cheviot are somewhat obscurred by the plantation but the views south west and north are extensive. It has to be said that Chatton Park Hill is rather overshadowed by Ross Castle to the south east!
2016-07-23 20:15 - TP5127 (Night Fold Field)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 10/10
28/02/16 11:15 My 'home' Trigpoint. Wonderful views of stunning Alnmouth Bay, the Northumberland Coast particularly looking south to Coquet Island. 23/07/16 Second Visit - The 'Night Fold Field' is part of Alnmouth Common and is on land owned and managed by the 'Burgess Holders' of Alnmouth. When she was 6 years old the daughter of one of the Burgess Holders, whilst having a family picnic up by the Trig Point, announced to her parents that she 'wanted to get married up here'. Twenty years later a little girls dream came true... Congratulations to Teddi and Jack, and thanks to the Hall family for providing a truely magical evening on Saturday 23rd July 2016. Alnmouth's Trig Point now sports a brand new coat of white paint, and there is an improved hardcore gravel track up through the Night Fold up the R.O.W. at the bottom of Foxton Road. Furthermore, the Burgess Holders are looking into what they can do to repair the ground around the pillar where the horses have undermined it, though setting a 5 ton lump of concrete back to perpendicular again may prove a challenge too far. Moreover Alnmouth's Trig Point will provide some very happy memories for a lot of people who'd probably never even heard of Trig Points before this weekend!
View South Views over Alnmouth Bay towards Coquet Island©Nick&Rosie
View West Views towards Brizlee Hill on the horizon above Alnwick©Nick&Rosie
View East Looking out over the North Sea and Coquet Island
The Bride, a pint of ale and a view to die for...
A Night Mare!! Photo taken from Bracken Hill 13/08/2017
2016-07-22 15:05 - TP5124 (Newton Tors)
FB Number: S7473 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Start point at Old Yeavering, farm track then St Cuthbert's Way footpath before a good climb up on a very hot and humid day. Diverted off to bag Easter Tor on way up, returned the way we'd come, though there are plenty of excellent possibilities for more circular or extended walks than this one. The tors on top of the hill offer more interest than the flat, boggy summit plateau that the TP sits on, but excellent views especially north across the borders.
2016-07-21 12:22 - TP3710 (Heddon Hill)
FB Number: S3566 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Agreeable 2.5 hour stroll from Ilderton along the National Cycleway north west to Middleton, then south west to Middleton Dean, south over Middleton Moor to The Dod finally east over HH. Excellent views all round, the the view west of Dunsmoor Hill is going to takke a while to recover from the extensive felling of Threestoneburn Wood
2016-07-13 20:57 - TP3044 (Ell Hill)
FB Number: S3568 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Lovely rounded grassy mound of a hill, the sort that must be PERFECT for sledging! Hoped to see more of Bamburgh Castle than is actually visable beyond the trees, and the village of Lucker, where I am setting up a new business venture this summer. But a bit too much view of the caravan park at Bradford Kaims...urgh!
2016-07-11 20:08 - TP3924 (Hillhead)
FB Number: S3690 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 5/10
By quite some distance this is the easiest TP I've logged to date, about 30 seconds down a farm driveway from parking spot by gate. Very extensive views South East over the less pretty stretch of the Northumbrian coastline (Blyth, Newbiggin, etc) and no views north east to the stunningly beautiful section of of the Northumbrian coast line. View west to Freemanshill Moor, but all views from West - North - East are obscured by the hedge on other side of the drive and behind that huge piles of rotting straw bales.
View South with Rosie Not sure what to make of the attentions of the cow...
View North Didn't feel inclined to go over the barbed wire fence into the cattle enclosure just to get a picture of the TP from the south...
2016-07-07 14:17 - TP3651 (Hart Law)
FB Number: S8034 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Very pleasant 3 hour walk starting by the phone box at Alnham, south to Blackchester Hill TP, then followed ROWs via Scrainwood, Hazeltonrig and Alnham Tower up to Hart Law then on to Ewe Hill and Lumbsden Hill * before dropping down to Prendwick and back to the start via the minor road. *It would take very little effort at this point to add Old Fawdon Hill TP to the walk. Good views in all directions from trig on good grassy vantage point, marred only by the amount of sheep poo surrounding the TP!
2016-07-07 12:20 - TP1441 (Blackchester)
FB Number: S3546 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Very pleasant 3 hour walk starting by the phone box at Alnham, south to Blackchester Hill TP, then followed ROWs via Scrainwood, Hazeltonrig and Alnham Tower up to Hart Law then on to Ewe Hill and Lumbsden Hill * before dropping down to Prendwick and back to the start via the minor road. *It would take very little effort at this point to add Old Fawdon Hill TP to the walk. Blackchester TP sits on the edge of an old quarry that is being used as a fly-tip, it's all a bit unsightly. Best views south over Vale of Whittingham towards Simonside & Tosson Hill.
2016-07-05 16:34 - TP6892 (White House Hill)
FB Number: S3534 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Walked north up the lane sign posted to White House Folly and at the brow of the rise is an obvious parking / passing spot on the right, and from here leads a faint track east up through the wood. At the top of this wood is a very swampy area (wellies essential!) bear north east towards a wooden gate at an enclosure halfway up the hillside. From there we followed the plantation edge east then north and the pillar was soon obvious (albeit becoming increasingly overgrown). The track shown on larger scale maps through the spruce plantation has completely disappeared. WARNING FOR DOG WALKERS - along the Public Bridleway that runs parallel to the road (which is extremely overgrown anyway) are a series of wire traps and nooses, one of which caught Rosie round the neck - I think was more paniced than she was, but be very careful around these woods if you have a dog with you.
2016-07-02 12:45 - TP3287 (Gains Law)
FB Number: S7469 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 8/10
Pleasanat 3 hour saunter from Wooler Common Nature Reserve car park west out to Commonburn House then north to join St Cuthberts Way and back east over Gains Law. Excellent views along the way, and a great walk for anyone seeking solitude! I know the last few weeks have been well short of a heatwave, but SCW is pretty 'moist' in places...
2016-06-23 15:09 - TP5217 (Old Fawdon Hill)
FB Number: S3549 Condition: Good Score: 9/10
A three hour circular walk on a lovely day, started at the ford / footbridge at Brandon, followed farm lane to Fawdon then the 'Sandstone Way' west and cut up onto the hill, then dropped SW to Bowl Holes and back via the Prendwick - Ingram track over Cockrane Pike and back through Ingram. Glorious 360 views - definitely one of my favourite Northumberland trigs to date!
2016-06-05 16:28 - TP4769 (Menceles)
FB Number: S3554 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Made two trips to this one in the space of two days - the first to visit and photograph it; the second, less than 24 hours later, was to retrieve the dogs lead that I'd left on fence post just by it. :-( Superb weather both days, although its position in the middle of a hawthorn hedge doesn't facilitate very good 360 degree views!
2016-05-15 11:20 - TP4518 (Long Crag)
FB Number: S3572 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Visited many times before but not logged - first visit in a while and first since the timber harvesting started. As the FC don't work on a Sunday you can safely ignore the 'No Access' signs. Although the felling of a large swathe of Thrunton Woods south of Coe Crag has left the usual dispoil of brash and upturned rootballs it has opened up the views south and east as you walk up from Rough Castles.
2016-05-04 19:10 - TP3601 (Hangwell Law)
FB Number: S3577 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
There are sheep in the hill top field lurking in the bracken and long grass, keep dogs on a lead! Have to say I'm not a huge fan of the aesthetics of wind turbines...
2016-05-02 14:14 - TP2981 (East Hill)
FB Number: S3557 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Parked on verge just down the main Ingram Valley road from the landrover track that leads up to the hill. 3 cattle grids to cross on the track that the dog had to be carried over, sheep in first field and field with the Trig Point on it. Excellent views west across to Dunsmoor & Hedgehope hills, and north east to Ross Castle.
View West with Rosie Dunsmoor Hill with Hedgehope Hill behind it
View South The radio mast compound spoils the panorama
View East Towards Curleheugh
View North Ross Castle obvious on the right. Landscape spoilt by the pylons.
2016-04-26 12:23 - TP6487 (Tinely Moor)
FB Number: S3576 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Parked by gate on old A1. The gate is chained up with a chain that consists of more padlocks than chain links! Rosie had to be ignominiously picked up and thrown over the gate - not happy! Even less happy when we found the Landrover track went up through field full of sheep, so she was kept on her lead the whole time. Maybe worth pointing out at this stage that Rosie is my dog... Excellent view of Dunstanburgh Castle on the coast; considerable amount of fresh snow on the Cheviot to the west - it's late April for goodness sake!!
2016-04-18 13:57 - TP6497 (Titlington Pike)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 7/10
A grand little hill with cracking views all round. Easy ascent, gravel track steeply up 80m or so and the final walk up to the top from the radio mast is over well cropped grass and was remarkably dry after recent wet weather. On a day of perfect air clarity the views were superb.
View North West with Rosie From the Cheviot on the left to Ross Castle on the right
View South West From Coe Crags on the left, Tosson Hill centre to Werther Cairn on the right
Views South East Brizlee Hill centre left, Freemanshill Moor centre right
View North East Ross Castle on the left, Hangwell Law centre, coast and sea to the right
2016-04-07 16:39 - TP2689 (Curleheugh)
FB Number: S3565 Condition: Good Score: 6/10
Walked up from Eglingham then took a left along a bridal track over a couple of fields before turning right to follow a stone wall and headed up a footpath to the trig point. Good views in all directions. Returned back down the track and just before reaching the car saw a Red Squirrel. Really glad I not only had my good camera with me but I'd brought the telephoto lens along too - result!
View to the South East Brizlee Wood on horizon
View to the South West Werther Cairn, Hedgehope & The Cheviot all on the horizon
View to the North West Ross Castle on horizon
View to the North East Hangwell Law somewhere among the turbines :-(
2016-03-27 10:24 - TP5741 (Ross Castle)
FB Number: S3697 Condition: Good Score: 9/10
Very easy to get to up a short steep rough path through heathery hillside. Fabulous views and a seperate view pointer / wind shelter built into the stone wall that runs alongside the ridge of the hill. The wall means you can't get a photograph of the trig point that includes the views north or west, otherwise I'd have given this 10/10! ~~~ Second visit 20/11/16 with the girls on a lovely day across all of north Northumberland but here! TP mired in bank of freezing fog, no view today :-(
2016-03-22 16:26 - TP3949 (Hips Heugh)
FB Number: S3569 Condition: Good Score: 9/10
Very easy to get to up a farm track opposite Howick Scar Farm and then cutting up the end of the Whinstone ridge. Fabulous views in all directions, west to the Cheviots with Dunsmoor and Hedgehope well defined and the Cheviot itself still flecked in snow; south across Alnmouth Bay to Coquet Island; South West to Howick Hall & Gardens, north east over Howick Scar to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. For such a 'low' trig point this gives views that are out of all proportion to its lowly height!
2016-03-22 15:38 - TP5323 (Pasture Hill Plantation)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 4/10
Very easy to get to, and no undergrowth yet! Sadly though the potential views are obscured by the pillar's location within the plantation, a shame as it should afford decent views west to The Cheviot and east to Dunstanburgh Castle.
2016-03-10 12:30 - TP3261 (Freemanshill Moor)
FB Number: 3571 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
Short walk along tarmac drive up to the radio mast then a VERY boggy walk following land rover tracks across heathery moor (often mire) to corner where fence meets woods, and short walk over another very wet field up to the column.
2016-03-05 16:12 - TP1502 (Bloodybush Edge)
FB Number: S8065 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
*27/08/16 Redid the walk below, adding Hogdon Law for good measure. Views today were STUNNING, perfect air clarity. Accompanied by Andy Withers, new to Trig-Bagging. Have re-scored this hill now we know what can be seen! **05/03/16 A fairly grim day of weather, we added Wether Cairn as a short diversion onto a 6 hour hike that took in Cushat Law and Bloody Bush Edge and back along Salters Road through the top end of the Breamish Valley. All in clag (and snow, and hail, etc) so the views from the Cairn as yet unknown! A re-visit required on a clear day!
Nothing to see here... 05/03/16 - almost white-out conditions...
View South West 29/08/16 - Same shot as before, different view!
View North West 27/08/16
View North East 29/08/16 With Andy & Rosie
View South East 29/08/16
2016-03-05 11:56 - TP6851 (Wether Cairn)
FB Number: S7994 Condition: Good Score: 8/10
*27/08/16 Redid the walk below, adding Hogdon Law for good measure. Views today were STUNNING, perfect air clarity. Accompanied by Andy Withers, new to Trig-Bagging. Have re-scored this hill now we know what can be seen! **05/03/16 A fairly grim day of weather, we added Wether Cairn as a short diversion onto a 6 hour hike that took in Cushat Law and Bloody Bush Edge and back along Salters Road through the top end of the Breamish Valley. All in clag (and snow, and hail, etc) so the views from the Cairn as yet unknown! A re-visit required on a clear day!
The 'view' looking south 05/03/16 Rosie looking particularly unimpressed...
View South with Rosie 29/08/16 Rosie looking rather more impressed than last time...
View West 29/08/16
View North 29/08/16
View East 29/08/16
2016-02-29 14:44 - TP6547 (Tosson Hill)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 9/10
Must have the most extensive all round view of Northumberland of any point in the county? Stunning views, really worth a visit on a good day.
2016-02-23 15:56 - TP6387 (The Grun)
FB Number: S7909 Condition: Good Score: 7/10
Long, tough yomp over swampy moorland to reach, good views once we got there
The Grun takes some grunt! Real slog to get to, but lovely views made it worth while
2016-02-23 14:20 - TP2014 (Carter Bar)
FB Number: Not logged Condition: Good Score: 8/10
Superb views amazing air clarity, could see well over to western peaks of Lake District (Skiddaw?); north to snow covered Moffat and Manor hills; east to Cheviots and Northumberland / Berwickwickshire coast.
View to the North West Wellies, rather than walking boots & gaiters, are seriously advised!!
2014-02-16 12:18 - TP3711 (Hedgehope Hill)
FB Number: S8059 Condition: Slightly damaged Score: 8/10
A long challenging day in some fairly extreme weather, completed the full Harthope horseshoe of Cheviot, Comb Fell & Hedgehope.
2013-11-17 13:02 - TP4224 (Kings Seat)
FB Number: S7997 Condition: Good Score: 5/10
This was the last big walk I did in the Cheviots on my own, a couple of weeks after this I rescued Rosie. She was no one's pet, just a puppy breeding commodity. I think she prefers to be out in places like this!
2012-12-13 14:02 - TP2152 (Cheviot)
FB Number: S1560 Condition: Good Score: 9/10
This visit was just Nick, a year before Rosie! Ascended from Hawsen Burn and up Snear Hill in freezing conditions but pure blue skies. The pig wire fence up the side of the hill to the summit plateau had become hundreds of metres of rime ice formed into perfect 6" x 6" cubes, the photos of which I took got published by BBC News.