The Lonely Howgills

  • Easy walking throughout
  • Quiet and peaceful
  • The highest waterfall in England

Walking on the Howgills is like walking in the Far Eastern or Northern fells of the Lakes – a joy greatly enhanced by the lack of people that clutter up the more popular walking areas. The hills may look uninteresting from a distance, as they have no rocky outcrops or dramatic summits, but the long grassy ridge have excellent long distance views over the Eden Valley and into Lakeland proper. The geographical location also means that they are often ignored; the M6 cuts a deep pass through the Howgills but motorists rarely stop and explore its delights, preferring the more famous and dramatic lands to the west.

Sedbergh (the town of the Howgills) calls itself the Book Town with good reason; the most fabulous range of 2nd hand book shops exist and it is definitely worth a browse in one or two of them. The walk itself contrasts the wonderfully straightforward walking along the high plateau with a return on an excellent lower fell side path above the River Rawthey. Between these 2 distinct phases to the walk is the dramatic waterfall at Cautley Spout, reputedly the highest waterfall in Britain. Whether it is the highest it is certainly dramatic and adds considerably to the walk. I certainly feel I now know and appreciate the appeal of this unspoilt part of the country.

The Calf and Calders are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains


Resist the charms of the Cross Keys Temperance Inn which is at the foot of Cautley Spout. However return to try the cakes another day.

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The Howgills map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 656920. There is plenty of parking in Sedbergh. The route up Winder is up Howgill Lane and through Lockbank Farm.
Height to Climb: 596ms (1,955 feet)
Terrain: Excellent walking over the tops on mainly short grass, the route up Winder is steep but clear and the return via the low fellside path surprisingly good with great views.
Eating & Drinking: There is a wide choice of eating and drinking in Sedbergh; good as well and more reasonably priced than some more commercialised places. Leave some time to browse the book shops.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Northern Howgills
Baugh Fell from the Cross Keys
The Calf via Cautley Spout
Places to Stay:


Bull Hotel, SedberghSummerhill GH, Sedbergh


Beck House Caravans