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Yorkshire Dales Walk
Darnbrook Fell & Fountains Fell

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Three Peaks Country

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.4 miles / 10.4 km    Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Time - 4 hours 20 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SD853723
Lat 54.146315 // Long -2.226537
Postcode BD24 9PW (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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This Yorkshire dales walk visits Darnbrook Fell and Fountains Fell which lie to the east of Pen-y-ghent. Both fells see relatively few walkers and offer views to Pen-y-ghent and beyond. The route uses a short section of the Pennine Way although for part of the route paths are less distinct with a map and map reading skills useful assets.

The start is the grassy area on the minor road from Stainton to Halton Gill just north of Rainscar where the Pennine Way comes down from Fountains Fell (grid ref. SD853723). After parking follow the road north towards Halton Gill. After 600 metres fork right off the road following the path signed to New Bridge. Follow the clear track for just under three kilometres of easy walk as you enjoy the view with Pen-y-ghent rising to your left. Reaching a derelict barn and adjacent gate on your right (grid ref. SD885741), turn right through the gate and follow a feint path uphill with the wall to your left. Follow the wall until a wall comes in from the right (grid ref. SD881730).

Pass through one of the gaps in the wall on your right, and head south-east along the wall and along a fence to reach the OS trig point on Darnbrook Fell (grid ref. SD885728). The summit of the fell is a sea of peat although the views to Pen-y-ghent and Plover Hill and the twin peaks of Fountains Fell more than compensate for the drab surroundings.

To continue return along the fence to a gate and head south-west along a wall. On your left you can see Malham Tarn in the distance whilst to the west the view extends to Morecambe Bay! Continue for 1.5 kilometres to reach a ladder. Once across the stile, head south-west to cross the Pennine Way to reach the summit of Fountains Fell which is adorned with several tall cairns.

Take time to enjoy the view which now includes Ingleborough and on clear days some Lakeland Fells. Fountains Fell was once the site of coal mines and today shafts have been protected with fencing. After enjoying the view, return to Pennine Way and turn left following the well-trodden path back to the start.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1121 Pen-y-ghent & Plover Hill from Horton in Ribblesdale - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

Walk 1013 Pen-y-ghent via Brackenbottom - moderate - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 1500 Pen-y-ghent via Horton Scar - moderate - 6.8 miles/11 km

Walk 3433 Pen-y-ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough from Horton - very hard - 24.5 miles/39.8 km

Walk 1278 Cosh & Foxup from Halton Gill - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 1926 Pen-y-ghent & Littondale - hard - 16.0 miles/26 km

Walk 2649 Attermire Scar & Malham Tarn from Stainforth - mod/hard - 16.5 miles/26.8 km

Walk 3092 Malham Cove & Watlowes from Malham Tarn - easy - 4.4 miles/7.2 km

Walk 2617 Nappa Cross & Victoria Cave from Langcliffe - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km

Walk 1404 Oxenber and Wharfe Woods from Langcliffe - moderate - 10.5 miles/17.1 km

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