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Burnhope Seat & Flinty Fell - 7th February

Distance
7 Miles and 1.1 Miles
Time
3 Hours 0 Minutes and 29 Minutes
Companions
Stuart
Weather
Sunny, Cloudy on the tops at times

This is a walk, which we started last year, but was weathered off. So we had 2 less mountains to do.

Another day with snow on the ground, we thought it was going to be a hard tiring walks as at first you were constantly disappearing into the snow. We started on the Alston road and headed up hill following a fence to the first mountain Harwood Common. The visibilities wasn’t very good at that point, I used the GPS once we had to leave the fence, Once at the first top we had to retrace our steps back to the fence and found a path that lead straight to it over easier ground than we had gone to it. We followed the fence again to the second mountain, Burnhope Seat; if the ground hadn’t been frozen it would have been very hard going, as it looked very boggy. The time to do this walk is definitely in the snow. It was still misty when we got up to Burnhope Seat. We followed the fence again up to the third top, Dead Stones, although at one point the fence was covered almost to the top in snow. They’re at the third on last top we had our dinner. There was a little mountain hut, which had no door on it and was full of snow, but we managed to squeeze inside to have our dinner and it sheltered us from the cold wind. The sun came out and so did the view on the way up to this top. We retraced our steps back up to Burnhope Seat and then made our way down of the mountain back to the road and the car. We got a good view of the ski lifts as we stared to descend and the point we reached the road there was a ski club hut. Coming down we decided it would have been great to sledge down.

After we got down to the car we didn’t take our boots of we decided to do Flinty Fell seeing we were in the area and it is a mountain all on its own and it’s a quick up and down. It looked from the road below it like a little pimple and we soon ascended to the top (working out the where the top was a bit more difficult, but aided with the map and the GPS we soon found it) and back down in 29 minutes. 

On the way home we were going to have a pint of “Cauldron Snout” at the High Force Hotel but unfortunately it was closed. We called in at Barnard Castle instead. 

Fence Buried in Snow near the top of Burnhope Seat

Fence Buried in Snow near the top of Burnhope Seat

Mountain Hut at the top of Dead Stones

Mountain Hut at the top of Dead Stones

Inside the Mountain Hut

Inside the Mountain Hut