Great Stony Hill 708m - NY 829 399
I was going to post a map showing all the trigs on this Sheet 91 and then I found I have missed some off the printed list I made. And, I know I visited some of these on a visit to Appleby with the caravan with Pete a few years ago when I first started this campaign, but my records are not good enough and I may have to re-visit some - it is all going to take a bit of sorting and it seems I have much more left to do than I thought. Another problem is that there are still some within the Warcop army firing range - am I starting to get a bit disenchanted with this project? I hate giving up on something but I suppose I will carry on for the moment. The actual walking is fine in wonderful wild country and perhaps I will just enjoy that rather than getting wound up about the list ticking.
These two hills were visited with gale force winds blowing most of the time and poor light for photos.
Carr Brow was an hour there and back with good views down into Weardale.
A short drive took me to the start of Great Stony. I parked at a gate just before the tarmac ended and then had a long climb on the track with lapwings and curlews in abundance. A short trog across pathless moorland took me to the trig. It was only then that I decided to cross country and return by tracks further west. It was rough going and I regretted wearing trail shoes rather than boots.
I was able to return on a new forest road alongside the southern shore of Burnhope reservoir, the woods shown on the map having been recently felled.
|Looking down to St. John's Chapel on the way to Carr Brow|
|A most uncomfortable stony track before branching off up the grassy hillside|
|Carr Brow trig is just out of sight|
|Carr Brow looking down Weardale to Westgate - that is where I ended up in the pub after breaking my arm on the Berwick trip (pun unintended)|
|Great Stony Hill. The cairn is shown as a "currick" on the OS map - the local name for cairn|
|Another rough, loose stone track on the return - hard going on the feet|
|That path continued afterwards for a long way on this plastic matting|
|Burnhope Burn - it descends over a series of natural steps making for pretty little waterfalls|
|Greylag geese - full zoom|
|I was struck by the splendid location of the house facing up Burnhope reservoir - see zoom in next photo|
|Just to show the two trigs in context|