The Howgills Traverse - Sedbergh

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I did this as a club walk a few years ago and by request repeated it the following year, so popular was it. We started in the north and followed a bridleway until it was possible to move onto a broad ridge. A thin but clear path leads not too steeply to the highest point in the range, The Calf.

This popular summit now has a stone track leading south towards Sedbergh so that navigation becomes simpler. Old quarry tracks lead down to an enclosed path into the town.

This is a walk that I cannot recommend in poor visibility unless you are totally competent - the area is covered by one of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams and they have more searches for lost walkers here than anywhere else. As you will see, there are numbers of similar ridges and few easily identifiable features in the centre of the range.

Note that this is a linear walk; you will need two cars, one at each end, or to get a taxi from Sedbergh to the start point.

England - North England - Cumbria - Howgills


Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
7/15/2002 - Walkingworld Administrator

Walked this Saturday 13th July 2002 in good clear weather and had marvellous views in all directions. We had just one car so walked as far as the Calf (waymark 13) and then returned to Bowderdale along the valley path. It was excellent! (Take insect repellent this time of year though!)

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