Nine Standards Rigg

Posted in Nine Standards Rigg on December 15th, 2013 by David Murphy

nine standards rigg

7th December 2013


Myself (Daveswildcamping) and Paul Kilburnicus set off to do “Nine Standards Rigg”. No drink this time as the pub was shut, which was rather strange being a weekend!!!

Parking at the roadside we headed off on a hike that would be 2.6 miles on paper. It turned out to be one of the toughest, short treks to date. ‘Bog’ all the way and ‘peat crevices’ everywhere!Having to walk around them was making ‘following’ any kind of path almost impossible. At one point I found myself on my knees grabbing Paul’s hand to pull him from the ‘bog’ where he was nearly up to his waist.


It probs took us around 3 hours to reach the ‘Standards’ which were on top of us before seeing them, due to the poor visibility! We proceeded to erect our tents in darkness.

Daveswildcamping kitchen tonight would be a Chicken tikka masala cooked by the head chef. After eating my food the winds were increasing, hammering my tent whilst floating over Paul’s as he was pitched slightly lower than the summit.


From entering my tent around 18:30 I never saw Paul again till around 11:00am – this being only to venture out to sort a packing up time with him, which would be 14:00. A time to be all packed and ready to take down our tents! TWENTY hours of tent time has to be a ‘record’ for me!


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Nine Standards Rigg
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The Nine Standards on the summit
Elevation 662 m (2,172 ft)
Prominence 157 m (515 ft)
Parent peak Great Shunner Fell
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
Translation hill of the nine cairns (English)
Location Pennines, England
OS grid NY825061
Topo map OS Landrangers 91, 92

Nine Standards Rigg is the summit of Hartley Fell in the Pennine Hills of England. It lies near the boundary between Cumbria and North Yorkshire, a few miles south-east of Kirkby Stephen and approximately 770 yards (700 m) outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Nine Standards Rigg lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).[1] The name is derived from a group of standing stones or cairns, the Nine Standards, located near the summit. The fell is listed as Nine Standards Rigg, rather than Hartley Fell, in Alan Dawson's book The Hewitts and Marilyns of England.

The Nine Standards themselves, some of which were originally more than four metres high, are on the line of the Coast to Coast Walk between Kirkby Stephen and Keld, and are just to the north of the fell's summit. Situated at a height of 650 m, their original purpose is uncertain but one possibility is that they marked the boundary between Westmorland and Swaledale.[2]

The Nine Standards offer a better viewpoint than the Ordnance Survey trig point that marks the actual summit of the fell. Cross Fell and Great Dun Fell can be seen to the north-west and Wild Boar Fell and the Howgills feature in the south-west. The High Street Range of the eastern Lake District can be seen further to the west. Great Shunner Fell, crossed by the Pennine Way, and Rogan's Seat lie to the south-east.


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  2. ^ Walker, Stephen (2008). Nine Standards: Ancient cairns or modern folly?. Kirkby Stephen: Hayloft. ISBN 1-904524-60-5. 

Coordinates: 54°27′15″N 2°16′18″W / 54.4541°N 2.2716°W / 54.4541; -2.2716