Tinside Rigg

Tinside Rigg

Tinside Rigg, together with its near neighbour Long Fell, is one of two summits in the Warcop Range that have recently been promoted to the list of English mountains.

Height (m): 624
Height (ft): 2047
Prominence (m): 19.3
Classification: Nuttall
Hill No: 2930
Grid Ref: NY775199
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1, 2

Once I’d been bitten by the hill-bagging bug I’ve made it a habit of visiting tops which, while they may not be on one of the established hill lists, have the potential to qualify for one. So it was that one day in May 2014 I was on a walk in the Warcop Range to visit Roman Fell for the first time. After visiting Roman Fell I decided to head on to Little Fell. Along the way I visited the 622m spot height on Long Fell and the 624m spot height on Tinside Rigg.

Looking down at Tinside Rigg (to the left) and the bulkier but sightly lower Long Fell beyond to the right
Looking down at Tinside Rigg (to the left) and the bulkier but sightly lower Long Fell beyond to the right

A close look at the map suggested they were both candidates to be Nuttalls (hills over 2000ft with at least 50ft prominence). After visiting I was so convinced that they did indeed meet the criteria that I contacted John and Anne Nuttall via the forum on their website. In response they were adamant that this was not the case. However, two years later on 18th November 2016 they both accompanied the indefatigable surveying duo, John Barnard and Graham Jackson, to re-survey the two hills. The result? They were both promoted to the list of Nuttalls and I felt really rather smug with myself.

Tinside Rigg from Dogber Tarn
Tinside Rigg from Dogber Tarn

Sadly, both tops are situated on the MOD’s Warcop Range which has very awkward access arrangements. Access is only allowed on designated non-firing weekends and even then visitors are asked to stick to public rights of way. Although a bridleway passes close to the summit of Tinside Rigg the difficulty accessing the two tops led to John and Anne Nuttall adding them as optional summits. In other words they allow someone to be classed as a completer without including these two hills. Needless to say after they had been officially promoted I needed to go back and visit them again, something I did on a magnificent walk in May 2018.

The top of Tinside Rigg looking toward Long Fell
The top of Tinside Rigg looking toward Long Fell

Of the two Tinside Rigg is marginally the higher by only 1ft. In reality though it is just a grassy hump and seems quite insignificant compared to the larger area of Long Fell further west. Long Fell also benefits from the fact that it features the steep escarpment which makes that fell so impressive when viewed from below.

The remains of the small fold or shelter a few metres from the summit
The remains of the small fold or shelter a few metres from the summit

There is a small pile of stones marking the summit. A few metres away is the remains of what was once a shelter or a very small sheep fold. The view is dominated by the vast slopes of Little Fell to the north-east. To the west, across another grassy bump, is Long Fell. Below the summit area to the north-west and south-west are the remains of other sheepfolds. Propped up against the latter is the rusting remains of a shell – a reminder that we are in the impact area of the range and so care needs to be taken. Given the amount of sheep I’d be surprised if live shells were used and then left lying about – still you can’t be too careful.

The top of Tinside Rigg looking towards Little Fell
The top of Tinside Rigg looking towards Little Fell

Whilst Tinside Rigg is close to a bridleway the bridleway itself is very sketchy as it crosses over Warcop Fell. The bridleway can be reached either from Hilton to the west of by taking the public right of way up through the range to Warcop Scarth. Another option is a track heading south-east of Hilton across East Moor and which zig-zags up on to Long Fell. It should be emphasised again that any attempt to visit Tinside Rigg or Long Fell must be on a non-firing day.

A shell propped up against the remains of a sheepfold below Tinside Rigg
A shell propped up against the remains of a sheepfold below Tinside Rigg

Tinside Rigg Walks

5th May 2018 – Distance 12.0 miles: Hilton – East Moor – Moor House – A66 – Hayber Lane – Warcop Scarth – Dogber Tarn – Tinside Rigg – Long Fell – Roman Fell – Slape Stones – Low Hause – Hilton Beck – Hilton.
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3rd May 2014 – Distance: 12.2 miles: Hilton – Swindale Brow – Swindale Edge – Christy Bank – Roman Fell – Long Fell – Tinside Rigg – Little Fell – Scordale Head – Scordale – Hilton.
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