Fell End and Stennerskeugh Clouds

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The Clouds is a rocky outcrop on the flank of Wild Boar Fell, with limestone crags and pavements. It is a fascinating geological environment, with a history of small-scale farming and mining for minerals and lead and the opportunity to spot birds, small mammals and wild ponies.

The route takes you across sections of the limestone pavement and beside a walled enclosure known as Harry Hope's Land (he is said to have lived on this remote farmstead until around 1820). A loop along the Stennerskeugh Clouds provides fantastic views across the Eden Valley to the Pennines and the Lake District fells.

The walk described here exactly matches a very informative guide to The Clouds by Helga Frankland, with lots of information about the history, geology, fauna and ecology. A PDF of the guide can be found under the 'Related Downloads' tab or downloaded from the Walkeden website: www.walkeden.org/Walking/Guides-and-maps.aspx. The booklet has been produced by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and there's a suggestion at the back for supporting them by sending a text from your mobile phone. Please consider doing this - it's a very worthy cause.

Sections of this walk are over rocky limestone which can be tricky and slippery in the wet, so good footwear is essential. It's not a long walk but there is much to see and navigation is not entirely straightforward, so allow plenty of time. It's well worth it.

England - North England - Cumbria - Howgills

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Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Nature Trail, Pub, Wildlife

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24.3 Miles