HOWGILL FELLS 2000's '9 SUMMITS' CHALLENGE WALK
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ & Mountain Leader
The nine 2,000-ft summits of the Howgill Fells
20 km (12.5 miles) – 1,350 metres of ascent – 9 hours
The Howgill Fells 2000’s is a new challenge walk that takes in all nine summits over 2,000-ft (610 metres) in the Howgill Fells, a wonderful range of open hills in the western Yorkshire Dales National Park.
- The Calf – 676m
- Calders – 674m
- Bram Rigg Top – 672m
- Great Dummacks – 663m
- White Fell – 640m
- Fell Head – 640m
- Yarlside – 639m
- Randygill Top – 624m
- Bush Howe – 623m
Mark Reid will guide you around the Howgill Fells 2000’s challenge walk. The route takes in the very best of the remote and beautiful Howgill Fells, a compact area of hill country with rolling fells and plunging valleys; the name ‘howgill’ comes from the Viking words for ‘hill’ and ‘ravine’.
Highlights include: Cautley Spout (England’s biggest waterfall), wild fell ponies, deep remote valleys, rolling grassy hills, open fells with no walls or fences (and not a single stile to cross or gate to open), and fantastic views across the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Irish Sea; the Howgill Fells are said to resemble a herd of sleeping elephants!
It is a demanding walk due to the amount of ascent and descent (1,350 metres), much of which is up and down steep grassy hillsides, and so it must be approached with preparation and training, but it is also a rewarding walk that will be remembered for many years. There are no fence, walls or stiles along this route – just magnificent open hills.
Mark Reid knows the Howgill Fells like the back of his hand and will guide you around this route (whilst also sharing his knowledge of the area), so that you can forget about navigating and concentrate on enjoying the walk.
This guided walk is designed for solo or small groups of walkers who want to take on the Howgill Fells 2000’s, but don’t want to worry about route finding.
- Fully guided walk with Mark Reid (Mountain Leader)
- Experience the camaraderie of walking a challenge route with other like-minded walkers
- Discover the history, heritage, flora and fauna of the Howgill Fells
- Share your sense of achievement with your fellow walkers
- Small group sizes
- You are GUARANTEED not to get lost on our guided walk!
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
8:30am: Meet at the Cross Keys at Cautley, near Sedbergh
9am – 6pm: Fully guided walk around the Howgill Fells 2000’s
6pm: Well deserved celebratory drink back at Sedbergh!
NB: Finish time is approximate
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- This is a strenuous challenge walk that covers 20 km in a single day, with 1,350m of ascent and descent that will take around 9 hours to complete. It is a demanding walk, with rough terrain for most of the walk, with some very steep ascents and descents across grassy hills, fells and moorland, as well as long stretches across high hills and broad ridges that are exposed to the elements.
- A good level of fitness and stamina will be required to complete this walk; preparation and training will be necessary.
- Successful completion of this walk will depend upon your own level of fitness, stamina and preparation, as well as good fitting boots and no minor injuries along the walk, such as blisters, pulled muscles or sore knees etc. By taking part in this guided walk, you understand and accept the risks involved in undertaking a challenge walk. Participation of this guided walk is no guarantee of successful completion.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 17,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimise potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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