Black Hill

Black Hill

Black Hill is a fairly featureless grassy hill to the west of Malham Tarn which has just enough prominence to qualify for the list of Fours.

Height (m): 468
Height (ft): 1535
Prominence (m): 30
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16357
Grid Ref: SD866662
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 1

Black Hill is situated between the Gorbeck byway to the south and the Malham Tarn to Stainforth road to the north. Although there is no path to the summit it is fairly easy to reach, either via the byway or via the public footpath leaving the road near Capon Hall.

Looking across Malham Tarn towards Black Hill from the top of Great Close Hill
Looking across Malham Tarn towards Black Hill from the top of Great Close Hill

The top of the hill is unmarked by cairn or trig point. The highest point seems to be a very slight but obvious grassy mound on the western side of the top. On the eastern side of the top there is a good view of Malham Tarn. Sadly on my visit the weather wasn’t the best so it is difficult to assess Black Hill as a viewpoint. However, as it is surrounded to the north and south by higher fells the panorama is not likely to be that extensive.

Malham Tarn from Black Hill
Malham Tarn from Black Hill

Although fairly unremarkable as far as hills go Black Hill has special significance for me. This is due to the fact that it was my final summit that I needed to visit to complete all the hills in the Yorkshire Dales over 400m in height with a prominence of at least 30m.

On the unmarked summit of Black Hill
On the unmarked summit of Black Hill

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