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Fells above Hawes

April 11, 2019

Dodd Fell Hill and Wether Fell are two Dales 30 fells to the south of Hawes. The walking here is easy and rolling moorland. The climb is via the Pennine Way path and the return over Wether Hill on good paths.

The Walk

Walks from Hawes have a tendency to be short but heading south up the Pennine Way and over Dodd Fell Hill to Wether Fell is not. The circuit round the head of Sleddale may be long, but aside from tackling the peat hags near the watershed some excellent paths/tacks make it relatively quick to travel on. I headed up the Pennine Way (my natural instinct is always to go anti clockwise – someone told me it was because I am right footed) towards Dodd Fell Hill with the only decision to be made being when to leave the fast bridleway and venture on to this rarely visited hill top (668m).

The O/S pillar appears to have been planted on the driest rather than highest spot! South and then east crosses the peat at its least offensive spot to join a farm track is quicker than I anticipated. The second summit of the day is Wether Fell which is much more interesting but the summit is again trackless with only, the soon to be shot at, pheasants for company! The views back down to Hawes and east along Wensleydale are superb and complete an excellent day on the high, less well known hills of the Yorkshire Dales.

Dodd Fell Hill and Wether Fell (Drumaldrace) are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend

Wait as long as possible before leaving the Pennine Way and heading for the summit of Dodd Fell Hill. Particularly so if the ground is wet.

Navigation Tips on the Fells above Hawes

Both summits do not have official footpaths. For Dodd Fell Hill leave the track 5 minutes after the last wall on your left. This is the least steep climb to the summit. From the trig point bear just east of south for the easiest way of finding the road.

On Wether Hill there is a faint path to the summit just after a gate on the main track.

1 Comment
  • Julie reed says:

    Hi does anyone know what the small square black metal marker plates with numbers and dates on atop wether fell are.?

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