Watch Hill summit

The summit of Watch Hill — Skiddaw behind

Summits: Two are named in the chapter, Watch Hill itself at 770’ above sea level, and Setmurthy Common, which is actually higher, at 833’.

Volume: Book Eight (The Outlying Fells).

Date bagged: First visit: 24th January 2015 (walk 92). Second visit: 1st August 2019 (walk 166).

Bagged as number: First round: 287 and 288 of the full Wainwright round of 330. (Watch Hill first.) [ << Hesk Fell (285-6)  (289) Clints Crags >>]

Watch Hill ridge

The Watch Hill ridge, from below. Setmurthy Common is the bald beige hump about a quarter of the way in from the right hand side.

Second round: 209-210 of 330. (Setmurthy Common first.) [ << Clints Crags (208)  (211-12) Stickle Pike (part) >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came up from Cockermouth, or more precisely Cockermouth school on the east edge of town. Came off Setmurthy Common to the east, dropping down into the woods, before going on to Clints Crags.

Second visit: Reversed all this.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 202 of volume 8): “The old main road into Cockermouth from the east passes for several miles in the lee of a long low ridge partly under forest and not having much visual appeal. The western part, however, gives a splendid traverse of open upland and fine views. It is easily attained with a minimum of effort: a stroll on grass so simple that boots are incongruous footwear for it and bare feet appropriate.”

Sheep on Watch Hill

Sheep on Watch Hill. There have been a lot of sheep in volume 8…

What I say: On my first visit, not only did I have boots, but full winter gear and an ice axe — for reasons explained on the walk 92 page, but which were laughably inappropriate for this stroll up a hill that was rather less steep and difficult than I get used to by simply living in Hebden Bridge.

Which is not to say that Watch Hill was a waste of time — actually I quite liked it. My second visit reaffirmed that it would make a superb walk on a sunny evening if staying in Cockermouth.

[ << Wasdale Horseshoe     Watson’s Dodd >> ]

2 Responses to “Watch Hill”

  1. […] I had a countryside ramble in mostly pleasant weather, bagging three summits, the two in the Watch Hill chapter and then Clints Crags. The first two were definitely worth doing but unless you’re […]

  2. […] mark the first day of August, so I got out and bagged some Outlying fells, namely Clints Crags and Watch Hill, on walk 166. It’s been February since I picked up any outliers but they still need doing; […]

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