Part of the Yorkshire Dales, but often unjustly overlooked, the Howgill Fells have plenty of peace and quiet. Neither the sprawling bog-fest typical of the Pennines, nor the craggy fells we know and love in Lakeland, this compact-but-intriguing backwater of a range has a character all its own - rolling, steep-sided and grassy. Starting from the charming small town of Sedbergh (a magnet for book lovers), this circuit takes in two key highlights - The Calf, the hub-like central high point of the Howgills, and the impressive ravine of Cautley Spout, England's highest waterfall (above ground, at least).
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Distance: 10.13 miles (16.30 km)
Total ascent: 748m
Time: 5 – 7 hours (Walking)
Sedbergh town centre (pay & display car park), SD659922
Clear hill paths, largely well drained. The steep descent around the edge of the Cautley Spout ravine is the only spot that might give more nervous walkers pause for thought, and here it is a good idea to keep a very close rein on dogs or small children.
Icy conditions above Cautley Spout would render this descent dangerous without crampons or micro spikes. If you're anticipating an issue here then it might be best to avoid the waterfall by going straight from The Calf to Bowderdale Head, where there's an alternative path to the valley.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Yorkshire Dales
Bus from Oxenholme rail station to Sedbergh
OS Explorer OL19 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 98 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 97 (1:50,000)
Howgills Barn, brilliant budget accommodation conveniently located on the course of this route. http://www.howgillsaccommodation.co.uk/s...
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com