Orton Fells, Howgills and Wild Boar Fellby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Nov/2011
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Taking in three areas that have been added in 2016 (at long last!) to the greatly expanded Yorkshire Dales National Park, this long circuit of the upper Lune Valley watershed gives an excellent weekend's backpacking off the beaten track. Each of the three hill stages has its own distinct character - the extensive limestone pavements of the little-known Orton Fells; the bulging grassy slopes and secretive dales of the northern Howgills, and the impressive escarpment of plateau-topped Wild Boar Fell.
Distance: 30.07 miles (48.40 km)
Total ascent: 1,512m
Steepest Gradient: 20% (1 in 5)
Time: 12 – 14 hours (Walking)
Car park near school in Ravenstonedale village, NY721042
Kirkby Stephen or Sedbergh
A mix of footpaths, farm tracks and tarmac, with plenty of path-free ground on the hills too. Some boggy going at times, but less than might be supposed.
An excellent winter route with no particular seasonal difficulties.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Yorkshire Dales
Train to Kirkby Stephen, then a bus to Ravenstonedale www.traveline.org.uk
OS Explorer OL19 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 98 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 97 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 91 (1:50,000)
Wild camp at will - there's plenty of potential in the Howgills at about the mid-way point.