Long Man Hill

Long Man Hill

Long Man Hill is the highest point of one of the long broad moorland ridges that descend north from Cross Fell into South Tynedale.

Height (m): 658
Height (ft): 2159
Prominence (m): 16
Classification: Nuttall
Hill No: 2746
Grid Ref: NY723373
OS Map OL31
No. of Visits 2

Long Man Hill is the highest point of a broad moorland ridge descending north-east from Cross Fell via Rake End. The highest point achieves just enough prominence to be included on the Nuttall list of English mountains. It should be noted that the Nuttall’s minimum requirements of 15m (50ft) of prominence is half that of most lists of British hills which tend to use 30m (100ft) prominence as standard.

The Pennine Way contours around the upper slopes of Long Man Hill
The Pennine Way contours around the upper slopes of Long Man Hill

Long Man Hill is separated from the more prominent top of Round Hill to the east by the valley of Cross Gill. To the west is Cash Burn, the small valley of which was once heavily mined. Indeed if one follows the track down Cash Burn there is a good chance of finding some purple fluospar scattered alongside the stream.

One of the fine examples of purple fluospar I found alongside Cash Burn on my last visit to Bullman Hills
One of the fine examples of purple fluospar I found alongside Cash Burn on my last visit to Bullman Hills

The summit is fairly easy to access from the Pennine Way which contours around the upper slopes of Long Man Hill on its way to Garrigill from Cross Fell. To reach the top leave the Pennine Way on a track climbing east at grid reference NY720369. As it passes through a fence bear left on moor top. The summit area is flat and fairly unremarkable. There is a small pile of stones which may or may not be at the highest point. The view includes the likes of Great Dun Fell, Cross Fell, Round Hill and Burnhope Seat but lacks any real depth.

The top of Long Man Hill looking towards Cross Fell, Little Dun Fell and Great Dun Fell
The top of Long Man Hill looking towards Cross Fell, Little Dun Fell and Great Dun Fell

Long Man Hill Walks

19th July 2020 – Distance: 11.9 miles: Garrigill – Pennine Way – Staneshaw Rigg – Greencastle Tarn – Cash Force – Black Burn – Bullman Hills – Cash Burn – Pennine Way – Long Man Hill – Pennine Way – Garrigill.
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10th March 2012 – Distance: 13.7 miles: Garrigill – Tyne Head – Round Hill – Cross Gill – Doups Burn – Long Man Hill – Pennine Way – Cash Burn – Bullman Hills – Cash Burn – Pennine Way – Garrigill.
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