Lonely Wandale Hill

  • Off the beaten track
  • Good views of the Howgills
  • Discover the hidden waterfall

This was the first walk I had done all year where I started absolutely convinced that I would meet no-one – I was right! Once Cautley Spout had receded in to the distance I was on my own; not strictly true as the wild ponies were in evidence, sheep were on the fells and the farmyards at Adamthwaite and Narthwaite had clearly been the recent residence of large numbers of cows.

The views from the bridleway showcase the northern Howgills and Wild Boar Fell to good effect particularly as the circular nature of the walk means that they are constantly changing. The hills are not craggy but smooth and undulating but more than anything else they totally dominate the views. Towards the watershed on the far side of Wandale Hill the land rises quite steeply (the summit being only a few hundred feet higher but not still not worthy of a visit) and displays an excellent waterfall as well as some increasing evidence of tree plantations – the bleak landscape is starting to change!

Recommend: After rains the river crossing is difficult under Narthwaite (wet feet minimum) and the detour is via the inconvenient farm road. Best to leave this walk for dryer conditions

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Buy Map
Start Point: SD 698969. Park at the Cross Keys pub and cross the river, turn right and aim for Wandope Hill. Be aware the river crossing may be a challenge under Wandope although ere is a foot bridge nearer the road which I did not find
Height to Climb: 233 ms (764 feet)
Terrain: The bridleway can be wet, muddy but is straightforward to follow
Eating & Drinking: The Cross Keys is a temperance pub but still very pleasant. The nearest alcohol is in Sedbergh
Similar Walks Nearby: The Calf via Cautley Spout
Northern Howgills
Baugh Fell near Sedbergh
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