Name:Peel Fell
Hill number:2311
Height:602.7m / 1977ft
SMC/RHB Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Cheviots
Topographical area:SE02 Peel-rubers
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Gretna), Tyne (Newcastle)
Watershed:Tynemouth, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Solway Firth, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Dewey, Yeaman,
Grid ref:NY 62591 99720
Summit feature:cairn on mound
Col:407.8m  NT 7223 0735  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 80
(1:25k) OL42W
Observations:highest visible natural feature is flat boulder 7m SE of cairn and this is 0.6m lower than cairn base; ground 210m WNW at NY 62381 99766 is 1.2m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica RX1250
Survey of Deadwater Fell and Peel Fell .pdf
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Layby between Deadwater and Kittyhurst. Forest road to Rushie Knowe. Vague track from middle of turning circle to the wall. Track up the Scottish side of the wall, and onto open moor.iangalbraith19/06/2024
A round of fells from Kittyhirst Cottage. My last Region 33 Marilyn.Alan Caine02/06/2024
From layby NW Kittyhurst Cottage. Forestry tracks to Rushy Knowe, path along border to top. Found the path to Mid Fell about halfway there - worth trying harder earlier. Path to Deadwater Fell, then MTB trail and forestry tracks to car. One logging truck was working on the day but no felling in progress.squeegs08/05/2024
Parked in lay-by NW of Kittythirst Cottage. Up forest track through Deadwater and Rushy Knowe. Much of the forest is currently being felled. Onto snowy heather to the summit of Peel Fell then more snowy heather and peat hag to Mid Fell, finding a narrow path for the final half-kilometre. Path then service road to Deadwater Fell before descent back to car via service track and forest roads.summitter06/12/2023
Parked at Kielder castle car park for £5 all day and took the Orange route up to Deadwater fell, then continued on a boggy path over Mid fell to Peel fell, Continuing on to Hartshorn pike to visit Carlin tooth. I returned via Wheelrig head on forest roads to Myredykes and finally a road stomp back to the car. Nineteen and half mile in Seven hours.WAYNE ROWLETT30/09/2023
Via Rushy Knowe,onto Mid Fell and Deadwater Fell. Back along road to the car.Walk up Peel Fell nicer than expected.ARM02/09/2023
From Mid Fell then back to Hall Knowe. 18km, 530m ascent, 3 hours.Wycombe Wanderer19/08/2023
Peel Fell, Mid Fell & Deadwater Fell from the layby north of Kittyhurst Cottage. Just shy of 9 milesGary Heath18/06/2023
Cycled to Rushy Knowe. Then followed the border, sticking to Scottish side (where life is better ;-)) to top. Down same way.Stickman18/04/2023
3 of 3: From Mid Fell after following JulieB notes to Deadwater Fell from Kielder Castle CP. With Karen.ChrisR10/04/2023
Easy path in Scotland from Rushy Knowe bike deposit.jef03/04/2023
Peel Fell, Deadwater Fell from Deadwater. Very wet underfoot!Geoff Briggs25/03/2023
Solo 1st of 2 walks. Clockwise circuit to Deadwater Fell. Good views on forestry track since large areas felled. From summit could see Solway Firth, murky eastwards though.Nick Canute18/09/2022
As JohnR, same route, same impression. There are fence posts all the way from Peel Fell over Mid Fell to Deadwater Fell, though there are few in the col btw here and Deadwater Fell. The (former) fence is not shown on OL42. Had snack just before the summit, on top of the crags at Jenny Storie's stone- a much nicer spot- and view.pwheeler07/09/2022
Kielder castle carpark, followed orange route to Deadwater Fell, over Mid Hill down to Deadwater Farm and back along old railway line. All paths clear of fallen trees.Flatfield12/07/2022
From start of forest road north of Kittythirst cottage. Followed track up to Rushy Knowe and then faint path by posts to cairn at top. Back via Mid Fell and Deadwater Fell.Minto22/05/2022
From layby in no-mans land between countries.Longwojo09/04/2022
Parked at layby near Deadwater Farm and walked up forest tracks to Rushy Knowe, then FP direct to top. Return same way. My Last English Marilyn!IanHHill09/03/2022
On good forest tracks from east of Deadwater Farm on a fine day with little wind. From turning circle at end of track follow sign to border fence and then clear path and occasional marker posts to summit cairn.dickscroop26/02/2022
Parking in the lay-by 200m N of Kittythirst Cottage. On forest roads to the border at Rushy Knowe then followed the border footpath (just on the Scottish side) > Peel Fell. Continued via Mid Fell > Deadwater Fell. Feint paths all the way, quite boggy in places but nothing too strenuous. Continued down the forest roads back to the parking.JohnR24/10/2021
With Bassy. Deadwater Fell and Kielder Stone.robba_wag28/08/2021
As others from lay-by north of Kittythirst cottage at start of forest track. Followed track up to Rushy Knowe and then faint path by posts to cairn at top. Great views on a clear day. Back via Mid Fell and Deadwater Fell.PeterD23/07/2021
By & large used jonglew's route. Pleasant look out. Grassy paths between hills are certainly helpful (really ease the going).ger19/06/2021
Parked in layby just North of Kittythirst Cottage. Up the forestry track to Rushy Knowe, then by Kielder Stane waymarked path along border.Peter_W_Mitchell 17/06/2021
I parked in the lay-by just South of Deadwater farm and set off onto the forestry track adjacent to the Deadwater burn. Itís an excellent track for a 2 miles which led me to the foot of Peel Fell. The last two hundred metres leaves the stone track to become more grassy. Despite the recent rain the track is mostly dry and easy going. Thereís a short scramble through the fallen forestry debris before a steep slog up the final half mile. Itís mostly soft heather and other vegetation and itís tough going. At 590mts the ridge is reached and itís an easy if wetter last few hundred metres to reach the cairn. Thereís no trig point here, just a pile of stone and pieces of rusting metal. Itís crazy windy so after the obligatory photo Iím heading downhill via the same route. I was back to the car in less then two hours, happy with my efforts.JamesJones26/03/2021
Run up from Kielder Castle via Deadwater Fell. Very boggy.isabelle19/07/2020
From layby n of Kittythirst cottage, up forestry track to near Rushy Knows, then up narrow footpath along the border. KeithByTheC14/07/2020
Parked in layby near Kittyhirst Cottage at NY 608 964. Up forest roads to the border at Rushy Knowe, then up small path along border to Peel Fell, over heather and occasional tracks to Mid Fell and then a wet track to Deadwater Fell. Good views from Peel and Deadwater Fell. Down forest roads to public road at NY 622 945. Returned to car along Bundle and go to Kielder Stone walk, cutting through the trees by a somewhat overgrown ride to emerge at the layby. 16km with 500m ascent in 4h40m. (S)silveracorn_alan08/07/2020
This being a local Marilyn to me, its about the 4th time I've been up here in about 30 years. Since the last time the paths have all changed with a lot more mountain biking trails (you could now do this by a walk/mountain bike combo if you are so inclined). Parked at Kielder Castle and followed the Deadwater Fell (orange with white arrow signs) to the top of Deadwater Fell. Then followed the Kielder Stanes route across the ridge from Deadwater Fell, picking up the path at the edge of the fence onto the ridge and following the stakes/ signs, there is a path all the way although there's a bit of bog hopping in parts. (Note this whole route used to be marked all the way from the Kielder Castle car park but it isn't any more), the first part is replaced with the Deadwater Fell signs however the waymarkers still exist on the Fell. From the summit followed the Kielder Stanes route (marked on the 1:25000 OL map but not on the 1:50000 (at least not on my version) at first down along the BordeJulieB04/01/2020
From Kielder, and also took in Deadwater Fell via the Forestry paths. With Laura, Housechild, Vicky, Mark, Hannah, James and Jon.Grinner28/12/2019
Usual parking - dirt layby N of Kittythirst Cott (NY 6085 9641). Good forest road to Rushy Knowe, could have easily driven it, then waymarked FP to the top. Continued on to Mid and Deadwater Fells. Returned to start from Deadwater on comms site access road to NY 6212 9566, whence continued on to meet my outward track at NY 6087 9699. All in all, a very civilized 9 miles.jonglew09/09/2019
From layby north of Kittyhirst Cottage as others. At end of track at Rushy Knowe the trees are felled and theres a faint but easy path diagonally uphill to boundary wall. Theres a sign at the wall for this path so hopefully it will be preserved when new trees are planted. Path to summit is on Scottush side. Peel Fell, Mid Fell, Deadwater Fell. Faint path across moor.ijpowell01/08/2019
Round of 3 from layby at start of foresty road just north of Kittythirst cottage. Forest roads to Rushy Knowe then path beside wall up to Peel Fell. Then followed path beside old metal fence posts south eastish before they dog legged to the summit of Mid Fell. Path then to Deadwater Fell and return along forest roads.mart079701/07/2019
Bike up forest track to Rushy Knowe then on foot - much easier going than expected with a trodden line to follow. Recorded route and write-up at:
From Deadwater no timber stacks remain but fostery signage still on display. NE track from 617987 goes to within 100m on open ground which is tussock grass & heather with foot swallowing holes.rogreeves18/04/2019
3rd of 4 Marilyns today. Bike from 608964. Lots of forestry work so looks different to map. Left bikes at 621985 but forestry forced us to take cross country route to top which was very hard underfoot. Able to come back on decent path to Rishy Knowe. This area is felled. With GNtrimarc227/03/2019
Kielder Castle via Deadwater Fell.solitaryfellwanderer09/02/2019
From SE of Deadwater via forest tracks to Rushy Knowe. Path up SW ridge now accessible, although there is still a lot of timber to be trucked out.PGCE26/12/2018
From SE of Deadwater via forest tracks to Rushy Knowe. Intended to follow path up SW ridge, but due to forestry work had to divert via via forest track at 622989. Direct route to summit is very tussocky and slow. On return used ridge path to edge of forest then walked east along its northern edge to regain the forest track.Winterfloodian19/10/2018
Dog leg forestry track route from SE of Deadwater to Rushy Knowe then marked path up SW ridge. A more direct route back from Rushy Knowe to Deadwater worked out badly. The grass is long, the ground is uneven, there are barbed fences and the RoW shown on the map has no physical presence whatsoever.Topographer5724/09/2018
Parked at 608964 and walked up forest road to the East of Deadwater Burn. At road end 614989 an obvious track through trees leads to open hill and waymarked path up the Scottish side of the old border wall. Signs say Kielder Stane Walk. Very windy at summit with wet driving drizzle so quickly back down to the shelter of the trees. 2.25 hours, 9.1k .NormanW18/09/2018
Parked opposite end of track where it meets road at NY608964. Cycled along tracks to NY617987. Continued East up track to nearest edge of forest plantation. Then direct route through trees and onwards to top across horrendous tussocky, heathery, boggy sh1t.raffemeister16/09/2018
From Kittythirst near to Keilder water visitor centre. Up forest track and out onto open hill along the Scottish English Border. Felt like Reivers!nickywood105/08/2018
From Deadwater followed by Mid Fell and Deadwater Fell.Clach Liath19/07/2018
Ascent of Peel Fell in my Marilyn round, also taking in Mid Fell and Deadwater Fell. 15km in 5 hours. (S)silveracorn_alan27/05/2018
Walked from Deadwater, visited the North Tyne source pillar at the beginning of the walk, walked up Border line wall to top off Peel Fell then onto the Kielder Stane, retraced route back to car, lovely day to start with but that didnt last.alanm909/05/2018
Kielder to Deadwater Burn via MTB, Deadwater Burn to ridge, to summit, to Mid Fell, to Black Cleugh, to Deadwater Burn Hot & Sunnybutteryhaugh06/05/2018
With K following route described below from Kittythirst; definitely the easiest way. Navigation simpler than anticipated. Snow around; very windy on top.Ashley31/12/2017
From Kittythirst. It's really easy to follow the forest road straight up the hill, then continue round the right angled bend all the way to a turning area. Continue straight on a grassy track, which runs out in a short section of forestry, but fear not, there is an easy path through the trees. The deadfall at the end is rotting nicely and easy to cross. There's a clear but narrow path along the border wall all the way up the hill, and it's fairly easy going even across the summit bogs. Good views and an effective place for a national border. Hills and bogs would keep the Scots out and the English in and vice versa.Gill06/10/2017
From pull in by D/w farm. A simple enough start.. top of Forestry I took the ride after the Master Grain ride which was fine until I emerged on the open fell. Cue thigh deep heather and grass. I laboured over to the border where a path follows the row of old posts. Top is pretty squelchy but not half as bad as feared. 90mins from car to cairn. Was going to return the same way but talked myself into visiting the next two tops too instead.stig_nest13/09/2017