The Northern Howgills

  • Peace and solitude during the walk
  • Explore pretty Ravenstonedale
  • Far reaching views in all directions

To the south of the A685, as it marches its way from the M6 towards Kirkby Stephen and Brough, there is a vast area of high, largely trackless hills that go under the collective name of the Northern Howgills. Keep to the tracks on the high moorlands and the walking is superb, leave them and it becomes more of a struggle, positively an ordeal at times. Therefore the walk I have chosen sticks to the paths and bridleways and leads to the highest point in the area, Yarlside at 2096′.

This is a walk where meeting another person is unlikely but the solitude and easy walking, coupled with bird noise and far reaching views makes this a highly enjoyable experience. Ravenstone is good place to start with the track gradually climbing on to the high plateau just beyond Green Bell and following a winding course to the Marilyn of Yarlside. The return can be varied by taking the more northerly route towards Newbiggen on Lune; cutting across the fields to Ravenstonedale before the village is actually reached.

Yarlside and Randygill Top are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: It is worth going all the way to Yarlside because the views over to the Calf and the Sedbergh Howgills are very good

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Northern Howgills map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgill Fells & the Upper Eden.Buy Map
Start Point: NY 724040. Ravenstonedale. Leave the car at the pub and walk up the roaad in a southerly direction and take the signposted bridleway.
Height to Climb: 570ms (2296 feet)
Terrain: The tracks may be difficult to follow at times but stick to the higher ground on the ridges and the miles are covered with great ease.
Eating & Drinking: The Black Swan in Ravenstonedale is really friendly and good to start and particularly end the walk
Similar Walks Nearby: The Lonely Howgills
Climbing Nine Standards Rigg
Baugh Fell, rough moorland near Sedbergh
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