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Horse Head Moor NP-021


Horse Head Moor, G/NP-021 - 609m ASL - SD 893 768 - OS Explorer OL30 - 4 SOTA points        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch     Click to return to summit index


I was very interested to read this new annual edition of the excellent MARHOFN (Marilyns Hall of Fame Newsletter) when it came out early in May 2007.  I was particularly interested in the resurveying which effectively removed Horse Head Moor as a Marilyn, and replaced it with Birks Fell, now known to be 1m higher.

Inspection of the OS 1:25000 maps of the area revealed that the drop between the two was up to around 50m, so this would not be a case of renaming the summit, or updating with new location coordinates. It would mean the end of G/NP-021, and the introduction of, presumably, G/NP-031.

Summit cairn on Horse Head Moor        Jimmy setting up the beam

Now Jimmy M3EYP is currently very tightly focussed on catching up with his Dad's Uniques record. A few years ago he was similarly focussed on catching up with my Marilyns ascended record, and he actually did it - but then he went and got himself licensed, and it all started again!

Horse Head Moor G/NP-021 was one of those that I had activated, accompanied by Jimmy, but before he was licensed. We hadn't been back since. Upon learning of the Marilyns changes, Jimmy was very anxious and insistent that we do Horse Head Moor for SOTA without delay. He was particularly concerned that the English ARM might be updated while we were away on holiday next week, thus leaving him permanently one Unique behind his dad.

I left him to be right pain in the neck, incessantly mithering his mum to allow us an unscheduled day out SOTAing, until she could stand it no more and gave in. I pretended not to listen and watched the Cup Final. Good job Marianne understands little about football, otherwise she would have realised that I was already finding it impossible to concentrate on that dreadful game.

We got away at about 6.40am on the morning of Sunday 20th May 2007, and zoomed up the A537, A34, M60, M66 and A56, chatting to Dave G3GAH via GB3MN repeater for virtually all of this first leg. We breakfasted in the McDonalds at Baxenden, and then continued on the A56, M65, A682, A65, the B6479 through Settle and Stainforth, thereby turning right onto the minor road between Pen-y-ghent G/NP-010 and Fountains Fell G/NP-017 up to Halton Gill. In the bright morning sunshine, Pen-y-ghent looked magnificent.

The SOTA Beam    M1EYP operating from NP-021    Jimmy at the cairn

We parked in the long layby in Halton Gill, and popped a contribution into the honesty box. The walk took us a little up the lane, and then right onto the bridleway which winds its way around to the summit ridge. First, we went left to the trig point from where we activated last time. This was to locate the cache. We then doubled back over the bridleway and continued up to the "true" summit of Horse Head Moor (even though we now know it isn't in Marilyn terms).

A pleasant and relaxed activation was enjoyed by us both, with a mixture of 2m FM and 2m SSB contacts.  Many thanks to the following, all activated on 2m with 2.5 watts:

M0SGB/P Great Whernside NP-008 Steve FM T, J
G4OWG Rawdon Roger FM T, J
G3YJR Sheffield Graham SSB T, J
G4ZAP/P 6km SW of Haverhill Nigel SSB T, J
G4RQJ/P Easington Fell SP-012 Rob FM T, J

Following descent, we drove southwards via Arncliffe, and then sharp right northwards through Kettlewell, Buckden and Cray. There was a convenient small parking spot right opposite the bridleway at 394479.  Off we set to activate Buckden Pike G/NP-009.

Horse Head Moor 2004