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Ramblings
Fridays 15:00-15:30
Clare Balding explores favourite British walks
Clare Balding
Clare BaldingIn this series of Ramblings, Clare Balding visits the far flung corners of the UK and walks with those for whom these little visited places are just ‘home’.
The Howgills
27 July 2007
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Coaley Peak, escarpment view Countryside Agency Jo Ward
This week Clare tackles the challenge of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria
Wainwright described the Howgills as looking like a herd of sleeping elephants. In a way they are the forgotten area of the Lake District, lying to the east of the M6 near Sedbergh. Although they are in Cumbria, the forty peaks, several over two thousand feet, are mostly within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Clare walks in the company of Alison O’Neill who after travelling the world was drawn back to the place of her upbringing, finding a renewed love of the area and now raising her own family on a local small holding. Alison leads Clare along the route taken by her grandmother on one of her first dates. Climbing Winder Fell (1551ft), then up to the Calders (2000ft) where on a clear day there are great views of Sedbergh, the hills of the Lake District and the Lune Valley as far as Morecombe Bay. They move on to the Great Dummacks and Cautley Crag coming off the fells by England’s highest waterfall at Cautley Spout, where they are joined by Alison’s family to follow the bridal path and footbridge to The Cross Keys Temperance Inn.


Map: OL 19 Explorer Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley
Start: Fell Gate Howgill Lane
Start Grid Ref: 642929
End: Cross Keys Temperance Inn
Distance: 6-7 miles
Terrain: mainly footpaths, with some rough moorland but with a long steep climb and descent over boulders.
Suitable for: Keen, very fit walkers .

The Route:
Starting at the Fell gate Howgill Lane , walk to the top of Winder Fell (473 m.) with views over Sedbergh. On to but passing just below Arant Haw, up to Calders (674m) then head to top of Middle Tongue on to Great Dummacks and Cautley Crag descending passed Cautley Spout, England’s highest waterfall, and then along the river across the valley floor to The Cross Keys Temperance Inn.

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