Kisdon is a hill in upper Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Keld, just falling short of 500m, Kisdon still has enough prominence to be a Marilyn.
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Surrounded by the Swale gorge to the north and east, and the valleys of Skeb Skeugh and Straw Beck to the west and south Kisdon rises almost island like in upper Swaledale. Separated as it is from the higher surrounding moors Kisdon ranks quite high on the list of most prominent hills in the Yorkshire Dales, despite a fairly modest altitude of 499m.
The summit of Kisdon is sat back from any of the right’s of way on the hill. It is however on access land and, one careful wall crossing notwithstanding, it is fairly easy to visit from the bridleway to the south. An alternative route is to leave the bridleway much lower down to the west and enter access land at a gate at grid reference NY896002.
The highest point is seemingly unmarked though a low circle of stones in the heather is very close. Also close by but slightly lower than the highest point is a large currick which can be seen from some distance away. The summit area is heathery with cloudberry to be found in small clusters. The view is one of higher distant moors including Rogan’s Seat, Nine Standards Rigg, Lovely Seat and Great Shunner Fell.
Although there are no clear paths leading to the summit there are two cracking paths that traverse either side of the fell, both of which connect Muker at the south-east corner of the hill and Keld at the north-west corner. The northern path which crosses Kisdon Side also coincides with the Pennine Way and features superlative views of Swaledale and the Swale gorge.
If approaching on the bridleway from Muker keep an eye out on the wall on the right hand side when the grassy path begins to flatten out. Here you will see a memorial stone dedicated to a Neil Jones who died in 2005 at the relatively young age of 40. The memorial concludes with the words ‘A beautiful place, A wonderful man’. Anyone who has seen the primrose covered slopes of Kisdon in the springtime or looked down on the buttercup filled meadows around Muker in early summer will certainly agree Kisdon is a beautiful place.