Name:Hangingstone Hill - Pale Heights
Hill number:5339
Height:177.1m / 581ft
Parent (Ma):2087  Cadair Berwyn
SMC/RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Cheshire West and Chester
Topographical area:WN08 Berwyn-gyrn
Class:Tump (100-199m), Clem
Grid ref:SJ 54332 69652
Summit feature:earth bank
Col:119m  SJ532687  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 117
(1:25k) 267
Observations:covered reservoir is 0.1m higher; trig point 25m SSW at SJ 54325 69629 is 1.5m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Hangingstone Hill-Pale Heights (final).doc
Comments:Replaced as Hump by hill 7824 High Billinge, December 2011
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Used Grestys Waste CP (free) to S which signs say closes at 5pm, but we arrived at nearly 7pm and it was still open. Sandstone Trail to summit. Interesting place, worth reading the prose on the large stone N of summit giving a history of the local area. Got as close as possible to summit which was covered in impenetrable bramble. Final hill of our epic record-breaking 11-tump day and it was a good one to end on with panoramic views and the sun setting. With FelixRoguePulsar03/04/2024
Parked on car park called Gresty's Waste, crossed the road into a path surrounded by forests kept going down the Sandstone Trail to the top where there was data transmitters and slightly away from the summit was some large stones which said place names on them, could see Liverpool! With Dad. 11/11.speedyclimber03/04/2024
First time visit to the trig point despite loads of walks up the hill. Glorious winter day, sunny views all roundCumbriancyclist17/01/2024
Not the first ascentB.corscadden02/12/2023
Short detour when walking part of the Sandstone Trail with friends.LizH16/11/2023
Walk up from forest visitor center in a blizzard. Summit mound very brambly!Flatfield09/03/2023
From CP to S. There may be a loose fence panel allowing access to the top of the reservoir.sclater16/01/2023
9.4km loop from Yeld Lane car park (free), with friends. Lunch in the forest centre.Man of Kernow113/01/2023
Parked in free car park to S (fee payable at car park to N). Visited summit, trig, top of reservoir and viewpoint to N.PGCE22/09/2022
Parked in lay-by outside Grestys Waste car park to South. Along good tracks to top and masts. Went to mound and trig.PeterD10/08/2022
On a walk round Delamere forest with R+R.Dan Baddeley31/07/2022
Beacon Hill, Woodhouse Hill, Hangingstone Hillkeithouk17/02/2022
Tourist route from car park to south. Hadn't realised there was a hill this big round here.Wycombe Wanderer26/09/2021
Circuit of Pale Heights, Eddisbury Hill fort and Kelsbarrow Hill ForstLancylass26/05/2021
Made the most of a day at work in Delamere Forest and got this summit in. Nice walk, lovely views and time well spent :-)Gerry the Ranger09/05/2021
Despite fog, area busy. Part of excellent walk around Delamere Forest, parking on road at Barnsbridge Gate to N. Two aerial compounds, two reservoir compounds and a nice tourist summit with topograph and 7 county view. Ground generally disturbed. Various possible HPs, inc trig behind concrete reservoir and brambly bank by covered reservoir.Denise 29/11/2020
Unsure whether the nettle and bramble covered hummocky bank was worth the effort as it's almost certainly man-made - long dumped material. I suppose it may be over the natural high point but the trig is a nicer and easily gained option. Incredibly busy for a damp and misty Sunday morning - classic symptoms of 'Lock-down bunker fever'RichardM29/11/2020
From car park at SJ 5406 6866, N. along the Sandstone Trail to waymarker post & start of the Alternative Route at 540692 - Turned right & along tracks & then concrete road to SE corner of covered reservoir - Over stile to the summit GR, an earth bank which is covered in bramble & lies behind 5ft mesh fencing. Trig point easily accessed from W. crossing fence to right of water tower. Visited impressive viewpoint to N. where standing stones indicate the 7 historic counties that can be viewed from here. (S).gerrybowes24/11/2020
Parked at Grestys Waste. Plenty of people out and on the summit. Just over one hour return with great views on a lovely November day. With GM.bolton07/11/2020
Visitedto within a few metres of Trig - heavy brambles. Highest ground seemed to be the man-made reservoir mound which was surrounded by lots of danger signs and a high fence which would likely be damaged climbing. Of course the reservoir is a man-made structure on top of hill so I was satisfied the highest part of the hill had been visited.JK01/11/2020
Erom CP on A54 to south.mart079714/07/2020
Walk with Andy and HarmonyGaynorSeymour06/06/2020
Parking area at Gresty's Waste car park (free). Cross the road and follow the Sandstone Trail north. A good clear track leads off to the east immediately after the second west heading footpath. But, for some reason best known to the Almighty, the path heading directly up to the summit is then blocked by a heap of mud emblazoned with a DANGER DO NOT PASS THIS NOTICE sign. However, once over it, it is plain sailing to the top.moorsman06/03/2020
Cycled from South View E.C. via Summerhouse Bank. Up the footpath from the A54 to the S, passed a double headed boar. Visited various structures around the summit, some inside fences, etc. Good views. Easier going back down!Minto24/10/2019
Solo,Part of a run round Dalemere Forest. Thankfully the weather cleared up, torrential rain when I set off. Trig hidden behind 5ft high brambles.Mountain Goat18/10/2019
With Jo, from Visitor Centre on a cloudy morning. Distant views of higher hills were restricted by low clouds. Also visited nearby trig and completed day by walking round Blakemere Moss.amblerbob15/10/2019
3/7 chumping with Nwormgage. This looked slightly problematic on the map, but wasn't at all, except for the rich choice in possible high points. Nice walk through the forest on the Sandstone Trail past the strange piggy directing you to Whitchurch or Frodsham. Nice spot up here. Had a look at all seemingly natural High Points.tumpawumpa03/01/2019
Beautiful area, could be persuaded to do much frolicking in Delamere area. With tumpywumbanwormgage03/01/2019
visited when visiting the trigNozzer28/12/2018
From woodland car park on A54 (SJ 5405 6867). RoW leads N then veers off for the hill summit. Actual HP possibly a brambly mound within the outer mast compound, although that may be an old covered resr. 4 OS triggy things up there, including an easily accessible bolt on the old water tower.jonglew23/11/2018
After a morning at Beeston horse auctions walking up from A54 free car park SJ5403668679. Great walk thru woodland and up onto the summit with great views. Had Ann and Lucky for company.John Eley08/08/2018
From a54 cp. Trig completely in the nettles.Moorponder18/06/2018
From Gresty's Waste CP. Beware gate is closed.i was lucky. Got back at 620pm. Lady was waiting to close gate.Longwojo23/03/2018
From A54 car park to South on circular walk through Delamere Forest.New fences make this difficult but views are extensive.With Oscar.catman02/02/2018
With Catman.oscarrosie02/02/2018
From Visitor CentreThe Playful Pig19/08/2017
Same as most, from south. Security fence is that uncomfortable kind.. theow an old coat over it and its not so bad. Climbed the concrete water tower. Trig pillar hides behind said tower. Fine views.stig_nest23/07/2017
Pleasant forest walk from south in heavy rain. Surprising viewing area just away from summitMark Sims11/07/2017
3rd hill of 6 today on a route from Tarporley to Helsby via Summerhouse Bank and High Billinge, then taking forest track to Tirley Hollow before using fp that skirts Nwestern edge of Primrose Wood eventually dropping onto the Sandstone Trail. Helped Father and Daughter get back onto the S Trail as they had overshot. Continued on Sandstone trail before taking signed alternative route that heads up to the viewfinder but I branched off sooner to head into field and then over fence via stile. I dropped down the bank and climbed over the gate to access the natural high ground (will be overgrown with brambles in summer) Climbed back over and then climbed over fence into reservoir (using broken wooden planks placed in the fencing. Good views. Same return route but then used back of reservoir fencing to enter field, over wooden fence to track and viewpoint. Continued on track and where it veers off to the NE I climbed over a wooden fence to drop onto a track that runs parallel with the S trailDazingdale04/03/2017
Up from the A54 to south with Han & Beth. Used Sandstone trail to find trig point. Walked around the area, lots of new fences both metal and wooden to make it a bit tougher. Visited trig, high point and Pale Heights viewfinder area. Good stroll out before lunch :-)nordicstar31/01/2017
Parking: Car Park A54, SJ 54036 68679. New fences at summit. Viewfinder looks interesting, pity about the dense fog.David Evans07/01/2017
Lovely walk from Delamere taking in Eddisbury Hill, Pale Heights, The Yeld and a loop of Blakemere Moss. Easy access onto the reservoir, a makeshift gate saving any fence climbing. The viewfinder feature the north is quite impressive and worth a visit, I've not seen one like it before.Jake99409/08/2016
After a feed at Blakesmere - Park at Kingsgate - Primrose Hill - Gwrestys Waste - Cross the A54 - Hanginingstone Hill (and Trig) at Pale Heights - Tea and cake at Delamere - Old lane back up to hill summit the back to the car along the Sandstone Way.briandavies24/01/2016
From large carpark just S of very busy A54. Large paths to summit area, but reaching official summit itself is quite difficult: an overgrown banking guarded by chain mesh fence. Got over this from reservoir side to W where elder tree has crushed fence, but involves fight through tree. Reservoir top and trig by round tower are easy to reach. Viewpoint a short way to NNE is worth a visit.Aye Jimmy08/01/2016
To reservoir top from c/p to south on A54.ngthack16/12/2015
Reservoir top is indeed accessible and trig point is now accessible as the fence is incomplete. However, the GR given, which I agree is the top, is very difficult. It can be managed by climbing the high gate into the water compound (the rest is surrounded by a chain link fence). The gates are held shut by a stout chain and padlock which make an ideal foothold to roll over the top of the gate (allegedly).clivevilla02/12/2015
Surprisingly good views and open access to the reservoir compound so one can walk on the grassy too. Why can't they all be like that. Trig beside the east side of water tower accessed by gap in the fence to the west of it and collected mushrooms on the reservoir top. With son Jamie who came on this longer walk despite stubbornly sitting out the much shorter walk to hump summit to south.vegibagger21/09/2015
Run from Helsby to Delamere and up Hangingstone hill to find a very well hidden trigpoint and back.Chris92024/08/2014
New Years day walk with friendsgaryhoney01/01/2014