Whinfell Ridge and Borrowdale day walk in the Howgills

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Jun 16

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A 12 mile walk along the ridge connecting five summits all approaching 500m in height (the Whinfell Ridge) and returning along the lovely Borrowdale (not the Lakeland Borrowdale, but Borrowdale between the Lakes Eastern Fells and the Howgills). Thank you Alf Wainwright for your inspiration! The ridge traverse is little visited, unlike nearby Lakeland neighbours.

To quote from the great man's book on walks in the Howgills, "From end to end, the ridge provides a splendid traverse, free from hazards and with excellent views in all directions. It is pathless except for sheep tracks, but there are no prohibitions on access to walkers".

The ridge comprises the following summits: Ashstead Fell (469m), Mabbin Crag (482m), Castle Fell (478m), Whinfell Beacon (472m) and Grayrigg Common (494m).

Borrow dale has a lovely stream and patches of woodland.


Alf Wainwright's book
The Howgills
Alf Wainwright's book
The Howgills


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