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Wild Boar Fell (western approach)

Fell Walk + Great Views

County/Area - Cumbria - Howgill Fells

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km    Ascent - 1550 feet / 470 metres

Time - 5 hours 0 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

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Wild Boar Fell occupies a commanding position above Mallerstang, and this walk approaches the summit from the west. The route offers splendid views of the Upper Eden Valley, the Howgill Fells and also includes a short traverse along the limestone ridge of Fell End Clouds. The walk generally follows good paths and tracks although the descent from Wild Boar Fell is across rougher ground with intermittent paths and sheep trods.

The start is roadside parking (grid ref. NY733005) off the A683 on the lane signed to Uldate Fell End. After parking return to the main road and turn right towards Kirkby Stephen. Continue past the entrance to Street Farm and take the signed lane on the right to Street and Stennerskeugh. There is also a fingerpost signed Pennine Bridleway. Follow the lane as it bends left, and then right to passthrough a gate. At the next junction bear left and after 300 metres turn right along a walled track (again signed Pennine Bridleway).

The track climbs steadily, fords Hashy Gill and crosses Long Gill by footbridge. Continue climbing, pass through two gates to reach a gate in a wall at High Dolphinsty (grid ref. NY765000). Pass through this gate and turn right to join a path which climbs steeply along the edge of the escarpment to reach The Nab. Most of then climbing is now over and the path runs along the edge passing several cairns to reach a fence. Turn sharp left (NW) and continue to the summit of Wild Boar Fell which is marked by an OS trig column and a cairn /shelter.

To start the descent head northwest to reach the edge of the escarpment and descend steeply to the northern end of Sand Tarn. Continue along the west side of the tarn to reach the outflow, Forcepot Sike. This small stream now acts as a guide for the onward route although in places the streambed is filled with reeds and grass. There is no path on this section but keeping Forcepot Sike on your left select the best route downhill with limestone ridge of Fell End Clouds clearly in view and backed by the Howgill Fells.

Reaching the limestone ridge continue up to reach the OS trip point and turn right along the ridge on a clear path. After 800 metres and before Stennerskeugh Clouds, you reach a dip in the ridge (grid ref. NY743002). Turn left and follow a grassy track. Keep right at the first junction and descend back to the start.

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