If you enjoy being away from the busy crowds of the Lake District and want to undertake peaceful, tranquil walks with astounding views, then you should consider the Howgill Fells.
Miles of unspoiled walking…
The Howgill Fells are hills in Northern England between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales lying roughly in between the vertices of a triangle made by the towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Tebay.
The name Howgill derives from the Old Norse word ‘haugr’ meaning a hill or barrow, plus gil meaning a narrow valley. Source: Wikepedia
The Howgills are the rolling green giants you see to your right as you speed along the M6, northwards between J37 and J38. The Fell tops glitter with snow and frost in the winter and shed this for their beautiful green coats in the Summer months.
The region, although mostly comprised of rolling green hills, has a surprisingly diverse landscape and there are several very impressive waterfalls, lovely hidden valleys with rocky beck-side paths, a few towering crags and an abundance of high, lofty and airy paths.
There are 19 fells inside the border, of which The Calf (15) is the highest with stunning views when the weather is clear.
- Arant Haw
- Bram Rigg Top (Nutt)
- Bush Howe (Nutt)
- Calders (Hew, Nutt)
- Fell Head (Hew, Nutt)
- Green Bell (Trig)
- Hand Lake
- Harter Fell
- Hazelgill Knott
- Randygill Top (Hew, Nutt)
- Simon’s Seat
- The Calf (Trig, Mar, Hew, Nutt)
- Uldale Head
- Wandale Hill
- West Fell
- Yarlside (Mar, Hew, Nutt)
Before undertaking any long hikes or walks please make account for the following!
- Check the weather metcheck.com. This site gives forecast for 3 hour periods throughout the day. The weather can change quickly whilst walking on the Fells, so please keep a close eye on the forecast.
- Sedbergh is a great place to stay but as in any town within the North of England, you should always be well equipped with wellies, rain coats and a change of socks and shoes!
- A map. Sat nav is sometimes temperamental in the countryside, so it’s always handy to have a map in the car and is an essential on a walk too! On the Main High Street in Sedbergh there is ‘The Sleepy Elephant’ which sells a variety of maps and guides as well as the Tourist Information Centre (again on the main High Street). The Tourist Information Centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4pm or call 015396 20125.