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Margery Hill



Poor old Margery hill Cairn, battered and eroded it's present state belies it's once obviously important status.
Sitting atop Howden edge and a bugger to get to if you don't like walking far this site is in need of some urgent tlc.
Now fenced off and recently awarded ancient monument status the cairn commands fantastic views down the Derwent valley and this has probably added to it's present state offering a great viewing platform for walkers.

There's a couple of straightforward routes to the cairn, neither easy though, my route from Langsett via the cut gate path, about 4 miles was a hard fought one due to appalling weather, the paths were running like streams, the visibility was down to less than 25 metres at times, not being the greatest of conditions for photography i decided to camp the night on the moor close by and wait it out which proved to be a god decision as the weather didn't relent once till the early hours.

The other route is via Fairholmes visitor centre through Nether Hey, about 3 miles or so, this was my route back, take this route if you prefer half decent paths though you'll still need your boots in all but the best of weather, if there's any chance of bad weather be sure to take appropriate kit, the site is very exposed and the weather can make navigation very difficult.
megadread Posted by megadread
19th November 2009ce

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