Fell Head in the Howgills

  • Steep sided but good paths
  • Wonderful walking along the ridges
  • Views to the eastern Lakes

Many times as I have driven north on the M6 my eyes have strayed to the right and the graceful peaks of the western Howgills. I never saw anyone on their steep slopes (aside from one farmer and his sheepdog) but there appeared to be a network of paths leading to a number of high ridges. I had no ideas what the names of the fells or what they were like but when the name Fell Head cropped up as one of the Dales 30 it made for a good excuse to visit!

The 1/2 day was great, a steep climb from Howgill Lane in the Lune Valley took me to Fell Head in no time at all so I took the opportunity to wander off to the Calf and back (2 km distant). The walking on these ridges is genuinely wonderful, the easiest walking in all of the north of England. The temptation is to go on and on but I was in a hurry so I legged it down the steep slopes back to the car (past some wild horses). The M6 does not really effect this walk although when I was there there is a dull drone particularly on the decent.

Fell Head is one of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: One of the oddities of the Howgills is the lack of walls/fences on the upper slopes. Coupled with a myriad of ridges this can make navigation tricky in the cloud.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgills & Eden Valley Buy Map
Start Point: SD 629979. 100 ms north of the Fairmile Beck there is a large parking area next to an old tree stump. From here head south along the road for 2kms and then take the signposted footpath on your left towards Beck House
Height to Climb: 740ms (2,430 feet)
Terrain: Steep in places but excellent walking throughout. Stick to the ridges and shoulders of the mountains.
Eating & Drinking: Either travel south for 5 miles to Sedbergh or a similar distance north to Tebay
Similar Walks Nearby: Lonely Howgills
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