Bowderdale and the Calf

Introduction to Walk 1616

Photo from the walk - Bowderdale and the Calf

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales

Region - Howgills

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km

Ascent - 2050 feet / 621 metres

Grade - moderate

The Howgill Fells offer excellent walking with few other people sharing the landscape. This walk follows Bowderdale deep into the area before climbing steadily to the highest point in this group of fells. The return route offers grandstand views as you follow a lofty ridge back to the start. A GPX File is available for download (see walk description).

Walk Description  Map showing start
 

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Other walks nearby

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Randygill Top from Weasdale, Howgills
Grade - moderate
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 1839
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Blease Fell & Hare Shaw from Tebay
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.7 miles / 9.3 km
Walk 1389
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Fell End Clouds near Kirkby Stephen
Grade - easy
Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km
Walk 3006
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Cautley Spout & The Calf, from Cross Keys, Sedbergh
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 1393
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Yarlside from Cross Keys
Grade - moderate
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Walk 1387
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Grade - easy
Length - 2.0 miles / 3.3 km
Walk 3007
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Fell Head & The Calf, from Howgill, near Sedbergh
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Walk 1382
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Mallerstang circular from Nateby
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1388
6.6 miles / 10.6 km away
Hartley circular from Kirkby Stephen
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 1447
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Grade - moderate
Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

Recommended Reading

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: North and East

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Further Information

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Howgills

Situated east of the Lake District, the Howgills lie mostly within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Howgills are one of the forgotten walking areas in England. The "hippo like" outlines of the fells are distinctive, most often seen by those tearing up the M6 motorway between Kendal and Penrith. Despite the lack of crags it is great walking country and you can wander for hours in the knowledge you are unlikely to meet more than a handful of other people. Poor parking (except in Sedbergh and a few other areas) helps to keep the number of people wandering the Howgills to a minimum. More Information

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