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Meugher from West summit - - 856811.jpg
Meugher from the west
Highest point
Elevation575 m (1,886 ft)
Prominence36 m (118 ft)
Parent peakGreat Whernside
Coordinates54°07′46.38″N 1°56′2.30″W / 54.1295500°N 1.9339722°W / 54.1295500; -1.9339722Coordinates: 54°07′46.38″N 1°56′2.30″W / 54.1295500°N 1.9339722°W / 54.1295500; -1.9339722
OS gridSE 0440 7042
Topo mapOS Landranger 98

Meugher (/ˈmuː.fər/)[1] is a hill in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It lies in remote country between Wharfedale and Nidderdale, in the parish of Stonebeck Down less than 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park but within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty.[2] The hill has a conical peak topped by an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar,[3] and has been described as "perhaps the remotest and least inviting summit in the Yorkshire Dales".[4] No public rights of way approach the summit, but since the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 it has been on open access land. It can be accessed by a shooting track from near Lofthouse, which now approaches within 430 metres (470 yards) of the summit, or from a public footpath a mile north west of the summit, leading from Middlesmoor to Conistone.[1]

Meugher is within the Nidderdale drainage area, with Meugher Dyke draining the southern flank, Back Stean Gill draining the eastern flank, and Cross Gill draining the western and northern flanks.[5]

The name was first recorded as Magare in 1120, and probably derives from the Old Norse mjór haugr, meaning "small hill".[6]


  1. ^ a b North Yorkshire Open Access Walks: Walk 3
  2. ^ "Interactive Map". Nidderdale AONB. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Triangulation stations". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ Speakman, Colin (2006). Green Networks of the Dales. p. 50. ISBN 1-905080-15-8.
  5. ^ "Location of Meugher". Ordnance Survey 1:50000. Streetmap EU Ltd.
  6. ^ Smith, A.H. (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 5. Cambridge University Press. p. 216.

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