Weets Top

Weets Top

Weets Top is a hill above Malhamdale that provides extensive views of the limestone uplands in and around Malham and Gordale.

Height (m): 414
Height (ft): 1358
Prominence (m): 42
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16375
Grid Ref: SD925632
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 3

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.

Weets  Top from outside the car park in Malham
Weets Top from outside the car park in Malham

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.

Signpost to Weets Top from Calton
Signpost to Weets Top 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.

Nearing Weets Top on the bridleway from Calton
Nearing Weets Top on the bridleway from Calton

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.

Hetton Common from the opposite side of the valley
Hetton Common from the opposite side of the valley

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.

The large boulder in the wall is slightly higher than the trig point
The large boulder in the wall is slightly higher than 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.

Gordale Scar from Weets Top
Gordale Scar from Weets Top

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.

Weets Cross
Weets Cross

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.

By the cairn on Hetton Common Head with Weets Top immediately beyond
By the cairn on Hetton Common Head with Weets Top immediately beyond

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