Sedbergh and Winder Fell

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An ascent of Winder is almost compulsory for the holidaymaker here and very nearly so for the townsfolk, as it forms so dramatic a backdrop to Sedbergh. I'm not sure if it's actually compulsory for the pupils at Sedbergh public school, but fell-running is part of their tradition and the fell features in the school song.

There are many paths to the summit, so I have tried to describe one that is easy to follow and I have also offered an easy way down plus a more adventurous descent. The latter is very steep and should not be done in bad weather, or if your knees are as bad as mine. I wouldn't try it without a walking-pole, but if you are careful and take your time then I'm confident that you will enjoy it.

From the top there are excellent views over the Howgills and of the fells to the south, although as you will see from my photographs it can be misty.

England - North England - Cumbria - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife
04/09/2012 - Philip Scott

I walked this yesterday in nice weather, its a stiff pull up from Sedbergh to the top of the fell almost constantly uphill. However, once at the top the views are magnificent in all directions, Arant Haw looms large in the near distance and is a short detour to visit on an obvious path, albeit with a lot more height gain! Navigation is very easy on wide grassy paths and there is no scrambling etc needed. An easier way down than the one described is to take the farmost path that runs parallel to the one mentioned on the route. It runs alongside a gully and is easily seen. It brings you out at the same gate that is mentioned in the route but the descent is not as steep. Overall a great short walk with excellent views.

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