Fells above Hawes

  • High level walking on mainly good tracks
  • Great views down Wensleydale
  • Explore interesting Wether Fell

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 largely unvisited hill top (668ms).

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 if the ground is wet.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 871893. I parked on the street leading down from the bridge.
Height to Climb: 490ms (1,607 feet)
Terrain: The walking is easy on good tracks throughout except for the crossing of Dodd Fell Hill where it is largely trackless and can be wet.
Eating & Drinking: Unless the tea shop is open in the Mill a short walk will bring you into Hawes with many eating and drinking holes.
Similar Walks Nearby: Addleborough from Thornton Rust
Whernside from Dent
Exploring Cotterdale
Places to Stay:


Stone House Hotel, nr HawesSouth View Cottage, Hawes