Talkin Head and Simmerson Hill from Talkin village

Dog friendly circular walk in the North Pennines AONB. View from the top of Talkin Fell is breathtaking with its series of cairns.

Technical sheet
No. 29639982
A Hayton (Cumbria) walk posted on 02/01/23 by Our Lake District Escapades. Update : 04/01/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 9.78 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 274 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 267 m
Highest point Highest point : 380 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 165 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hayton (Cumbria)
Starting point Starting point : N 54.908468° / W 2.70337°
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Cairns at the top of the summit

Description

Start : Car park along the road in front of Talkin church, Talkin, Brampton (CA8 1LE), after Blacksmiths Arms pub. Grid ref. NY 550 573

(D/A) From the car park take the main road (South-East) to go out of the village (direction opposite to the Blacksmith's Arms pub). Follow this road for around 500 m before seeing another road on the right.

(1) Take right (South) in the direction of Talking Head Farm. Continue on this road for around 1 Km. You should see on your right several cottages and a private car park at the end. The concrete road stops after the car park and becomes a pedestrian path.

(2) Pass the bridge to take the path that goes up (South-East). The path is enclosed by dry stones walls on each side. Continue of the path that still goes up before entering a little wood. Continue straight.

(3) Do not take the path on the right that goes through the wood, as it is the one you will take on your way back. Continue straight (North-East) to exit the wood and have an open view on the North Pennines moors. Still continue on the wall-enclosed path for around 1 Km.

(4) The wall on the right will disappear and you need to follow the path until the left side wall turn left (East then North) going up in the direction of the summit. The path goes up faster now. The wall needs to be on your left. Follow it until you see a stile on the left. Go over the stile and go straight (North-West) in the direction of the summit, where you will see several cairns.

(5) Retrace your steps. Go over the stile again, but this time instead of following the right side wall, take the path on the left that goes down through the fields. _ Be Careful _ this path is not really visible. Continue straight until the path is flat again and to see a gate on the right.

(6) Turn right at the gate, then directly left following the path that goes up Simmerson Hill (East).

(7) Take right (South) to take the path that follow Simmerson Hill by its crest (void should be on your right). Continue straight on this path that will turn slightly left to start going down.

(8) Turn right (South-West) to follow the path going down the valley. At the bottom take right and follow the path through the fields. Continue straight until arriving a gate (should see a farm on your right before the gate).

(9) Pass the gate and continue on the large visible path. Continue straight on the path that will pass between some houses arriving on a concrete road and following the river.

(10) After the bridge on the left (do not cross the river), take the path on the right (North-West) that goes up through the wood. Go up until arriving to the gate where you will find the initial dry stones wall enclosed path (3).

(3) Take left on the path to follow the initial path in opposite direction (West) and find the car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 165 m - Talkin church, Talkin, Brampton
1 : km 0.35 - alt. 172 m - Road junction
2 : km 1.04 - alt. 168 m - Bridge
3 : km 1.71 - alt. 218 m - End of the circular path
4 : km 2.76 - alt. 293 m - The wall on the right will disappear
5 : km 3.73 - alt. 371 m - Summit with the cairns
6 : km 4.2 - alt. 349 m - Gate
7 : km 4.46 - alt. 371 m - Follow Simmerson Hill crest
8 : km 5.28 - alt. 364 m - Path going down.
9 : km 6.61 - alt. 262 m - Gate - Large visible path
10 : km 7.74 - alt. 178 m - Bridge - Wood
D/A : km 9.78 - alt. 165 m - Talkin church, Talkin, Brampton

Useful Information

Start : Car park along the road in front of Talkin church, Talkin, Brampton (CA8 1LE), after Blacksmiths Arms pub. Grid ref. NY 550 573

Parking : Car park along the road in front of Talkin church (Talkin, Brampton CA8 1LE), after Blacksmiths Arms pub. Free to park.

Terrain : The path can be muddy. Potential presence of livestock in the fields; dogs must be kept in leash.

Facilities : No water point, no WC.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Beautiful cairns at the summit of Talkin Head.

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