Howgills and Limestone Trail

A long distance walk of 74 miles linking walks from two of Alfred Wainwright's lesser known books - first, Walks in the Howgill Fells and second, Walks in Limestone Country. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Kirkby Stephen
Grid Ref: NY775087
Distance: 74 miles (118 km)
Climbing: 4,230 metres
Walk time: 32-38 hours
Days: 5-7

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Howgills and Limestone Trail is a long-distance walk of 74 miles devised by David and Heather Pitt. It runs from Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria to Settle in North Yorkshire. David and Heather designed the route as a celebration of Alfred Wainwright's two books; Walks on the Howgills and Walks in Limestone Country. They have recommended a seven day walk of the route but if I were to go on the walk I would plan to do it in five days. From the outset in Kirkby Stephen the route visits Waitby, Smardale Gill, Ravenstonedale, Weasdale, Bowderdale, Cross Keys Temperance Inn, Howgill Fells (Cautley Spout, The Calf, Fell Head), Crook of Lune, Sedbergh, Middleton Fell, Bardon, Ease Kirk Gill, Leck, Masongill, Ingleton (including Ingleton Waterfalls Walk - fee applicable), River Doe, Chapel-le-Dale, Souther Scales, Ingleborough, Sulber Nick, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Pen-y-ghent, Stainforth, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave and Attermire Scar before concluding in Settle.

Useful Links:
The Howgills and Limestone Trail Website
Long Distance Walkers Association

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