Harland Hill

Harland Hill

Harland Hill is a near neighbour of the much better known Penhill (Height of Hazely) and has a foot in both Coverdale and Waldendale.

Height (m): 535
Height (ft): 1755
Prominence (m): 50
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 3624
Grid Ref: SE028842
OS Map OL30
No. of Visits 2

Harland Hill is in fact one of three separate summits that can be found on the long ridge descending from Buckden Pike that separates Coverdale and Waldendale and then, towards its terminus, Coverdale and Wensleydale. In order from south-west to north-east these are Brown Haw, Harland Hill and Height of Hazely. Harland Hill is the lowest of the three.

Harland Hill from Dead Man's Hill
Harland Hill from Dead Man’s Hill

It is also situated quite closely to Height of Hazely, the summits of the two hills only being a just over a mile apart. Whereas Height of Hazely, or Penhill as it is perhaps more often known, is very prominent in views of Wensleydale and Coverdale, Harland Hill is much less so. Indeed Height of Hazely tends to block Harland Hill from view.

Harland Hill from Height of Hazely
Harland Hill from Height of Hazely

Harland Hill is best seen from the two valleys in which it has a foothold, Coverdale and Waldendale. Indeed it is from two paths that connect Coverdale and Waldendale, one to the north of Harland Hill and one to the south, that provide the easiest access on to the summit.

Harland Hill and Waldendale from White Scar
Harland Hill and Waldendale from White Scar

The northerly option is the fine bridleway that leaves Whiterow Road just south of Cote Bridge in Waldendale. This then climbs up to the saddle between Height of Hazely and Harland Hill before descending to Carlton in Coverdale. Upon reaching the saddle simply turn right and follow the wall up on to the top of Harland Hill, keeping the wall on your left.

Harland Hill from Great Roova Crag on the other side of Coverdale
Harland Hill from Great Roova Crag on the other side of Coverdale

The southerly option is another bridleway that also begins on Whiterow Road, this time heading for Horsehouses. Upon reaching the wall that runs along the ridge simply turn and follow it north, this time keeping it to your right.

Harland Hill and Height of Hazely from Naughtberry Hill
Harland Hill and Height of Hazely from Naughtberry Hill

The summit of Harland Hill is of tussocky grass and can be rather moist, as can be seen from the large boggy pool that can often be encountered at the wall junction to the north of the highest point. The actual highest point is located to the north-west of the wall. There is a very small pile of stones situated, if not on the exact highest point, at least close enough.

The top of Harland Hill with the small pile of stones buried in the snow
The top of Harland Hill with the small pile of stones buried in the snow

The view from the summit mainly encompasses the moors and fells of Coverdale and Waldendale, the main draw being the aspect of Buckden Pike at the head of Waldendale. This can be better appreciated to the south of the summit where added depth is given by the additional appearance of Walden Head.

Buckden Pike and Walden Head from Harland Hill
Buckden Pike and Walden Head from Harland Hill

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