Ascent of Corndon Hill on 2018-03-18

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Corndon Hill
    Elevation:512 m / 1683 ft

Ascent Trip Report

From Old Churchstoke. There is parking to the south of Green Lane a few hundred metres down the road to Todleth.

I faced a wild wintry day so I followed the road towards Roundton Hill from Green Lane as it looped south and then north east. After a couple of hundred metres I turned up the lane towards Cowlton. This lane was covered in about 25cm of powdery snow. More direct routes to the lane or to Cowlton itself can be found on paths from the Green Lane junction. Today though they were obliterated by the snow.

I ploughed my way up to a gate just before the farm. Just beyond were some disconsolate sheep sheltering together in the strong wind. The wind turbine behind the farmhouse sounded as though it was about to take off.

The track beyond the farmhouse was largely drifted over. Spindrift flew through the air - unusual conditions for 260m above sea level in the UK. Trending right towards the direction of the wind I was able to find some wind blasted pasture where the drifts weren't as deep. That eased progress.

I came to a gate that wouldn't open because of the snow so I climbed over it. The track soon became hemmed in between two fences. I managed to find myself in a chest high drift. Having escaped that I wound my way around the sculpted snow formations as best I could though the snow was regularly calf to knee deep.

At the high point of the track there is a gate to the right which leads on to open hillside adjacent to some forestry. Although this is not a public footpath nor does it lead onto access land, it provides a direct way up. So I went through the gate and generally followed the fenceline on my left. The spindrift was now flying in my face. So it was head down as I ascended. I continued following the fence as it went 90 degrees to the left and through another gate. The summit trig, cairn and bench(!) soon were reached. I wasn't inclined to sit on the bench as I would probably have been frozen to it. I leaned into the wind and took a couple of photos and a short video to record the conditions.

It was quite epic for a 500m hill. Views were obscured by the blowing snow. So I soon left and returned the way I had come up. A few minutes over 2 hours for the return trip. It could be quicker in more optimal conditions.
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    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground

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