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Discussion Forum - Hills and County Tops - Access to the county tops of Rutland, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire.

Author: Raymond Wilkes
Posted: Tue 11th Jun 2019, 14:50
Joined: 2013
Local Group: West Yorkshire
The short answer is that these tops can only be accessed by trespassing unless you get the farmers permission. However, I do not know how you find out who the relevant farmer is.

Please post if you know.

Rutland, Cold Overton Park and Berkshire, Walbury Hill, are trig points in a field of sheep.

At Walbury, on the right of way, 'Wayfarer's Way', there are notices asking dog owners to be careful as over 9 sheep have been injured by dogs this year. I do not know how the respective farmers at these two tops react to peak baggers but the presence of a dog would almost certainly count against you. There are gates into both fields.

Wiltshire, Milk Hill, and Hampshire, Pilot Hill, are in crop fields so they are not accessible except for a brief period after harvesting.
Both are plateaus and the exact top would be very obscure. I think getting as near as you can without crop trampling is a reasonable compromise.

The Milk Hill field boundaries seem to be accessible and walking to the nearest point to the top on the field edge get you near enough to count as job done. You would be about 150 yards and 30 feet vertically short.

The Pilot Hill top is not the trig point. Climbing the bank next the right of way, 'Wayfarer's Way', to the north of the field and walking along the crop edge is, in my opinion, practically the top and shouldn’t lead to conflict with the farmer. You would be 70 yards and 12 feet vertically short.

It seems a shame that a few of the county tops are on private land.

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