The Howgills and Limestone Trail  


HALT STAGE 6 - Fellside to Barbon


Starting point: Fellside (SD 636889)
Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 1874'
Date:Friday 19th August 2011

All of the photographs on these Gallery pages were taken by Derek Cockell when he and his wife Alison helped to test walk the route after it was devised by David and Heather Pitt. The test walk took place during the summer and autumn of 2011 and spring and summer 2012. Please note that all photos in this gallery are copyright of Derek Cockell and are not to be used without express permission.

Route: From Fellside Farm take a stony track and head uphill on to open fell, crossing three becks, all the while ascending open moor to reach Long Bank by a stone wall. There are views of the Howgills and occasional peeps into Dentdale. The wall is now a constant companion up to the summit of Middleton Fell, and named Calf Top, at a height of 2001'. A walk down a declining ridge leads over Castle Knott with views down into Barbondale and on to Eskholme Pike, passing a rare rocky outcrop on the final steep descent into Barbon.

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Fellside at the start of the walk


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The Lune valley


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Crossing the first beck


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Looking back the way we have walked - it's a gentle climb


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The Howgills under cloud


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Sedbergh below


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Middleton Fell


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A reedy pool


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Retrospective view ...


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... and the way ahead


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Middleton Fell


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Long Bank and a distant view of the Howgills


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Follow the wall


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Dappled sun on the Howgills ...


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... and also in Dentdale


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Calf Top - highest point of today's walk.


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Looking back along the ridge


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The dark silhouette of Ingleborough


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Castle Knott


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David Pitt, who devised the walk
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Looking back towards Calf Top ...


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... and forward to Thorn Moor


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Setting off from Castle Knotts


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Eskholme Pike - the final top of the day


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The cairn on Eskholme Pike


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A rocky outcrop


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Barbon - final objective





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