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Winder, The Calf & Fell Head from Howgill

Howgills Walk

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Howgill Fells

Region - Howgills

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.8 miles / 15.9 km    Ascent - 2400 feet / 727 metres

Time - 7 hours 20 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Winder, The Calf & Fell Head
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The Howgill Fells offer excellent walking, and this circuit of the western fells is no exception. The walk starts from the small church at Howgill with the first objective an ascent of Winder. The route continues across the flank of Arant Haw then over Calders to The Calf. From here the walk continues over Bush Howe and Fell Head to return to the start. Ideally choose good weather as this route has many glorious views and in poor visibility navigation can be very confusing.

The start is Holy Trinity Church at Howgill (grid ref. SD634950) where limited parking is available. After parking walk east to the road junction and turn right towards Sedbergh. Continue along the route of Roman Road south. After two kilometres the lane forks. Keep left signed to Sedbergh. Continue along the lane past the Height of Winder on your right. After a further 200 metres, turn left up a walled track. You are now heading for Winder. Reaching open country, bear right along a wall and locate a rising track that continues up the fell. This leads to the summit of Winder with an OS trig column and a topograph. Enjoy the view, one of many on this walk.

Leave Winder on a clear grassy path heading northwest. The path descends before climbing steadily to cross the east flank of Arant Haw. After a short descent, the path heads north climbing steadily onto Calders (674 m). From here continue north on an undulating path across Bram Rigg Top to reach The Calf (676 m) the highest point in the Howgill Fells with an OS trig column marking the summit. The view is expansive and includes the Lake District Fells and other areas of high ground in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

To continue head northwest off the summit along a descending path to cross the eastern flank of White Fell Head. The path veers NNW and climbs briefly over Bush Howe. From here the path bears northwest and descends steeply into a col (Windscarth Wyke). A sharp pull out of the col to Break Head. The path initially heads west and then follows the high ground to reach the summit of Fell Head (623 m). Allow time to take in the final great view of the walk.

The onwards route follows a grassy path steeply down the southwest ridge to Whins End (grid ref SD640976). Turn sharp left to join a descending path which initially heads southeast before swinging south to cross two stream forming part of Ellergill Beck. The route then heads downhill heading southwest roughly parallel to the beck to reach Beck Houses Gate. Pass through the gate and continue downhill past Beck House to Howgill Lane. Turn left and follow the lane south for just under two kilometres back to Howgill church.

Other walks nearby

Walk 3007 Fell Head & The Calf from Howgillmoderate7.5 miles
Walk 3008 Winder & Arant Haw from Sedberghmoderate7.0 miles
Walk 2438 Cautley Spout & the Calf from Sedberghmoderate10.0 miles
Walk 1196 The Calfmod/hard10.5 miles
Walk 3385 Carlingill Beck, Black Force & Whin's Endmod/hard6.5 miles
Walk 3006 Cautley Spout & The Calfmoderate5.5 miles
Walk 1393 Yarlsidemoderate4.0 miles
Walk 1387 Cautley Spouteasy2.0 miles
Walk 2253 Uldale Falls & Wandalemoderate8.5 miles
Walk 1839 Blease Fell & Hare Shaw from Tebayeasy/mod5.7 miles

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