Wild Boar Fell

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Wild Boar Fell is a neglected classic on open access land on the southern edge of the Eden Valley, with stunning views to the Howgills, North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and even Morecombe Bay.

Though not as high as other fell tops, Wild Boar Fell feels like a proper hill. Although only a small part of the route is on a marked right of way, access to Wild Boar Fell has been possible for many years and it is now incorporated into open access land.

A sheep track leads up beside a dry-stone wall with good views of Mallerstang Valley, crossing a limestone pavement. Then there's a short stretch of bridleway to the col and easy to follow paths to the trig point at the summit.

From the summit it's across open fell, so in poor visibility your navigation skills need to be up to scratch. The route crosses Swarth Fell before cutting steeply down a grassy slope onto Aisgill Moor. You make your way across the moor (there is no clear path) to reach the road and your car.

Mallerstang Valley is very popular with birdwatchers and railway enthusiasts, as the spot just above the car park is perfect for pictures of trains on the Settle - Carlisle railway making their way up the valley.

England - North England - Cumbria - Eden Valley

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Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells
02/09/2016 - Annette Cattermole

27/9/16 Excellent walk with extensive views. Missed the bridleway and ended up walking higher up the fell which was very boggy. Took four and a half hours as we did the worthwhile detour to view the '9 men'!

04/08/2009 - Christopher Clews

A great walk with some excellent views. Paths most of the way but they do peter out at times. Clear instructions that were easy to follow - I overshot the bridleway on point 6 as I did not recognise it as such initially as it is not so clear if you end up crossing it lower down. Appreciated the instructions to avoid the boggy patch towards end. Took the full 4 hours even though only just over 6 miles as rough terrain in places.

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