Howgill Fells

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The Howgill Fells are hills in Northern England between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, lying roughly in between the vertices of a triangle made by the towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Tebay.[1] The name Howgill derives from the Old Norse word haugr meaning a hill or barrow, plus gil meaning a narrow valley.[2]

Geography and geology[edit]

The Howgill Fells are bounded by the River Lune (and the M6 motorway to the west), to the north by upper reaches of the River Lune, and to the east by the River Rawthey.[3][4] Unlike the Carboniferous Limestone Yorkshire Dales and Orton Fells, they are made of Silurian slates and gritstones, though there is a small inlier of Ordovician rocks in the vicinity of Backside Beck in the east of the range.[5][6]

The fells include two Marilyns: The Calf – 2,218 ft (676 m) and Yarlside – 2,096 ft (639 m) and a number of smaller peaks, including five Hewitts. They lie within the Yorkshire Dales National Park,[7] though they have been within the modern county of Cumbria[1] since the county boundary changes in 1974.[8] They were originally shared by the West Riding of Yorkshire and Westmorland.[9]

Howgills panorama taken from the A684 into Sedbergh from Kendal
Panorama of Howgill Fells in evening from the hamlet of Raisbeck near Orton in the upper Lune valley


  1. ^ a b The Howgill Fells in Cumbria
  2. ^ Name Origin Research
  3. ^ Northern England , Graham Uney , Cicerone Press Limited , 2002 , Chapter 19 "The Howgill Fells" , p.160 , google books preview
  4. ^ Marr, J. E.; Fearnsides, W. G. (1909). "The Howgill Fells and their Topography". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 65: 587. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1909.065.01-04.34.
  5. ^ The Howgill Fells
  6. ^ "GeoIndex". British Geological Survey. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Bigger and better: the expanded Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks await". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  8. ^ Howgill Fell : topography
  9. ^ Cumbria

Further information[edit]

Coordinates: 54°24′N 2°30′W / 54.4°N 2.5°W / 54.4; -2.5