• Graceful Howgills peak
  • Views of Cautley Spout
  • Short walk with steep slopes

What a fine mountain and a perfect half day walk. The approaches are steep and without taking the long walk in from the north (Northern Howgills walk) unavoidable. However the compensations are many. The views in particularly are wonderful; from the approaches looking in to Cautley Spout and surrounding cliffs to the wide ranging views on the summit and great perspective looking over Wild Boar Fell and Baugh Fell on the steep descent.

The Howgills are laid out perfectly from the splendid summit plateau (Randygill Top is to the north, not marked on the map below) and it is a just reward for the steep climb. The domed summit area is small and dropping steeply in all directions…my favourite type of summit. The views are complemented by the lovely turf that adorn not just the summit but the surroundings too. It makes the walking so much easier and pleasant. No peat hags here!

Yarlside and Randygill Top are two of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: Take out the Explorer map and whilst sat on the summit begin to understand the topography of the Howgills and which individual summits are where…then the best method of getting to them.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgills & Eden Valley Buy Map
Start Point: SD 698969. From the Cross Keys Inn 9limited parking) cross the River Rawthey at the footbridge and turn left on the bridleway before heading to Cautley Spout. If there is no parking at the Cross Keys there is 1 km further north at Rawthey Bridge.
Height to Climb: 480 ms (1,580 feet)
Terrain: Excellent throughout. The paths are not over eroded and much of the walking is on short grassy turf. It is a steep descent in places.
Eating & Drinking: The Cross Keys Temperance Inn offers food and non alcoholic drinks in a fascinating old coaching inn, a must to visit.
Similar Walks Nearby: Baugh Fell
The Lonely Howgills
The Northern Howgills from Ravenstone
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