NY8145 : The northwestern slopes of Killhope Law

taken 1 year ago, near to Coalcleugh, Northumberland, Great Britain

The northwestern slopes of Killhope Law
The northwestern slopes of Killhope Law
Looking SSE from NY8145 : Shivery Hill (in summer) towards the top of Killhope Law.

There are five principal routes up Killhope Law - see the map and satellite image LinkExternal link .

By far the most popular is that from the NY8546 : Ruins at Allenheads Smelt Mill, following the line of the old lead smelting flue as far as the NY8244 : Shooting cabin and then straight up across boggy ground. I once met a wedding party of around 40 people heading up the path, complete with champagne in a cool-box, etc for a celebration on the summit!

The shortest route is from the road on the col at Shivery Hill. Two variants: one is straight up, crossing the ground in this photo – I came down this way. The second is to follow the estate track (no vehicle access) to the NY8145 : Shooting hut on north-west slope of Killhope Law (photographed by Trevor Littlewood) and then head roughly southeast, either directly to the trig point, or up to the county boundary on the “ridge” – see NY8144 : Old boundary post southwest of the summit of Killhope Law – and turn left to the top.

The route heading east along the NY7944 : Fence from Black Hill on to Killhope Moor (photographed by David Brown) doesn't look too bad as far as it can be seen from the road. But anyone taking it (or, having come up the first route from Dirt Pot, continuing in the same direction, down this route) will very soon come to bitterly regret their decision: there is no path, and the whole of the border "ridge" in NY8044 (and a bit either side) is a dead flat expanse of 6 to 10 ft high peat haggs that are difficult to get across even in high summer - see my photos of the area, especially NY8044 : View of Killhope Law from the bottom of a peat hagg, and the satellite image LinkExternal link . One could also start at the col at Killhope Cross and head north up NY7943 : Slate Hill to join the ridge at the NY8044 : Peat haggs on Coalcleugh Moor where the borders of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland all meet.

A fourth route starts near the NY8243 : Killhope Lead Mining Museum (photographed by Malcolm Street) and heads north up Carriers’ Hill on a path through what is now a recently clear-felled plantation. From the southern edge of NY8244 there are two variants: the path continues, heading roughly northeast, over the col on the county boundary – see NY8244 : Carrier's Way (photographed by Richard Webb) - and meets the first route some 600 m or so east of the NY8244 : Shooting cabin. Alternatively, just head NNW up towards the NY8244 : Currick, Killhope Law (photographed by Andrew Smith) – it’s in view most (but not all) of the time.

The fifth route starts from the col on the NY8543 : B6295 (photographed by Andrew Smith) between Allenheads and Cowshill, and follows the county boundary to the summit. The first 50 m or so are the worst underfoot, although there is some NY8443 : Spongy ground on Stangend Rigg. There’s no path, but in some parts there is a sort of shallow trench marking the boundary. If you’re intending to head OFF Killhope Law on this route, be aware that there is no extant currick at Stangend – the large currick visible to the southeast is NY8343 : Clevison Currick (photographed by Andrew Smith), which is about 1 km south of the county boundary. This variation would, of course, also be a possible line of ascent from the col.
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Thursday, 13 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Uplands  Moorland 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8190 4502 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:47.9837N 2:16.9840W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8148 4586
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