Birkett Hill

Birkett Hill

Birkett Hill is one of two hills of similar size with the same name located less than a mile apart from each other to the east of Kirkby Stephen. Perhaps to differentiate them this particular Birkett Hill is also named Hartley Birkett on the OS map.

Height (m): 405
Height (ft): 1329
Prominence (m): 33
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16383
Grid Ref: NY801077
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

This particular Birkett Hill is, by 18 metres, the higher of the two and stands just above the end of Birkett Lane and the Coast to Coast path. Indeed from the road end it is but a short 10 minutes climb to the summit.

The gorse covered slopes of Birkett Hill
The gorse covered slopes of Birkett Hill

The hill is steep and grassy with gorse on the lower slopes and limestone outcrops most prominent around the summit. The highest point is obvious but lacks a cairn or even a small pile of stones. One of the most attractive features of Birkett Hill, and its near neighbour Long Rigg to the north, is the profusion of mountain pansies that can be found on the upper slopes of the hill in the late spring.

One of the numerous mountain pansies growing around the summit of Birkett Hill
One of the numerous mountain pansies growing around the summit of Birkett Hill

I imagine few Coast to Coast walkers or even those heading up on to Nine Standards Rigg will make the detour on to Birkett Hill. It is definitely worth the effort though for the views of the Eden valley are hardly less spectacular than those from Nine Standards Rigg.

The summit of Birkett Hill looking towards Wild Boar Fell and the Howgill Fells
The summit of Birkett Hill looking towards Wild Boar Fell and the Howgill Fells

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