The Howgill Fells are a compact cluster of hills in North West England rising to about 2,000 feet and about 40 square miles in area between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Many of the hilltops provide excellent long distance views to the Lake District, the Pennines and Morecambe Bay. The Howgills offer the visitor a little piece of wilderness, grazed by sheep and semi-feral ponies and are distinctively different from the craggy Lake District hills to the west and the rolling Pennine moors to the east. In his book "Walks on The Howgill Fells : And Adjoining Fells" A.W. Wainwright, author of the famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells describes the Howgills as being...
... sleek and smooth, looking from a distance like velvet curtains in sunlight, like silken drapes at sunset; they are steep-sided but gently domed, and beautiful in a way that few hills are. Their soaring and sweeping lines are not interrupted by walls or fences above the intakes, giving a splendid upland expanse of “free range” walking.
The Howgill Fells are composed of the hills in the area shown in the map on the right but, for the purpose of this website, we include the area between the M6 to the west, Kirkby Lonsdale to the south, Garsdale Head to the east and Orton to the north.
The Howgills can be accessed from junctions 36, 37 or 38 of the M6 motorway, by the A685 from the A66 at Brough, by train at Oxenholme station on the west coast main line and Garsdale, Dent or Kirkby Stephen stations on the Settle - Carlisle line. Rail passengers should be aware that Dent station is some 4 miles away from the village of Dent