Weets Top is a hill above Malhamdale that provides extensive views of the limestone uplands in and around Malham and Gordale.
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Weets Top is situated a mile and a half east of the village of Malham (as the crow flies). It is the highest point of a large area of moorland situated between Malhamdale and the valley of Bordley Beck. These moors include Hanlith Moor, Calton Moor, Winterburn Moor, Captain Moor, Hetton Common and the area known as The Weets.
There are a number of routes on to Weets Top. From the south there is a very gently graded bridleway from the small village of Calton. Weets Top is signposted as 2¾ miles from Calton.
From the south-east a slightly shorter climb can be accomplished via the enclosed Windy Pike Lane which climbs out of Hanlith. This continues on to Hanlith Moor where the track turns into a thinner path across the moor.
A climb up the road from Gordale Bridge provides another option, this time from the north. Before the summit of the road an enclosed path on the right climbs quickly up to the top. Finally, a number of options are available from the Bordley valley. Probably the easiest to follow is the bridleway climbing up Hetton Common from the head of Winterburn Reservoir.
The summit of Weets Top is situated just west of the highest point of the bridleway and is marked by an Ordnance Survey trig point. The highest point though is the large boulder embedded in the wall just a few metres before reaching the trig point.
Thanks to the wall running over the summit the view is not quite as extensive as it could be. Still it does provide an interesting perspective of the limestone uplands above Malham and, if peering over the wall, there is also a partial view of the dramatic entrance to Gordale.
Another feature of the summit area is the remains of a cross on the other side of Weets Gate, at the top of the track leading down to Hawthorns Lane. Curiously this is not marked on any map that I’ve seen but Weets Cross is so similar to Nappa Cross, three miles to the west, that it must be of similar age.
A quarter of a mile to the south of the summit is a subsidary top. This is called Hetton Common Head and at 405m is just nine metres lower than the main top. A small pile of stones marks the top of Hetton Common Head which can easily be reached by a two minute detour from the Dales High Way.