Yarlside and its neighbour Randygill Top are the north eastern outliers of the Howgills range. Both typify Howgill walking with steep slopes but excellent walking along the wide grassy ridges.
What a fine mountain and a perfect half day walk. The approaches are steep and without taking the long walk in from the north (Northern Howgills walk) unavoidable. However the compensations are many. The views in particularly are wonderful, from the approaches looking in to Cautley Spout and surrounding cliffs. There is also a wide ranging views on the summit and great perspective looking over Wild Boar Fell and Baugh Fell on the steep descent.
The Howgills are laid out perfectly from the splendid summit plateau (Randygill Top is to the north, not marked on the map below) and it is a just reward for the steep climb. The domed summit area is small and dropping steeply in all directions…my favourite type of summit. The views are complemented by the lovely turf that adorn not just the summit but the surroundings too. It makes the walking so much easier and pleasant. No peat hags here!
Yarlside and Randygill Top are two of the Dales 30 Mountains
Take out the Explorer map and whilst sat on the summit begin to understand the topography of the Howgills and which individual summits are where…then the best method of getting to them.
It is best to walk directly over Kensgriff to Randy Gill , returning the same way. If you wish to descend from Randygill towards Wandale Hill head just south of east to join the bridleway/lane a few metres up its slopes. Head for the farm at Narthwaite. There is a crossing of the river below Narthwaite but after rain the crossing is difficult. The farmer at Narthwaite is not keen on the obvious short cut to the road over Handley’s Bridge to the north. There is a few metres of private land on the farm road that would save a long detour….
Best to enjoy the superb views on the steep descent from Yarlside.
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