The Howgills 2 Day Challenge

The Howgills two day Challenge

The Howgills 2 Day Challenge

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019

A two day guided hill walking challenge of approximately 17 miles each day over the range of hills known as The Howgills and in the Eden Valley.  This is in the part of Cumbria that falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The walk goes from the small town of Sedbergh, to Kirkby Stephen where we'll stay overnight, then back to Sedbergh via a different route the next day. 


You'll need to book your own accommodation for this walk, including the Saturday night in Kirkby Stephen.  Further information on accommodation can be found below.      


Meeting in Sedburgh early on Saturday morning, we initially follow part of the long distance Dales High Way footpath over the summits of The Calf (676m), Hazelgill Knott (578m) and West Fell (541m), before taking lower level paths through countryside and villages, then joining part of the Coast to Coast route over Smardale Fell into the town of Kirkby Stephen.  We'll stay there overnight.  There is a good choice of restaurants and pubs that offer bar meals in the town.  After an early breakfast on Sunday we'll follow a riverside path, then cross Ash Fell into the village of Ravenstonedale.  We'll then walk up into The Howgills again to the summit of Green Bell (605m) before descending to lower level paths back to Sedbergh.


Some of this route is 'off the beaten track' and will involve walking over rough moorland, not on paths.  It could be boggy if there has been much rain rain. 


Individuals are able to book a place on this 'open group' guided challenge walk to join a small group of others.  I plan to take no more than six people in total.


The cost to join this two day guided walk is £90 per person.  You will also have the cost of your accommodation in Kirkby Stephen, and evening meal.  Please book and pay below.

The Howgills 2 Day Challenge


  • Fully booked

Meeting Place and Time

We meet at 8:15:am to be ready to set off promptly at 8:30am  The meeting place is in the Joss Lane public car park in Sedbergh town centre.  Post code LA10 5AS.  It's next to the public toilets.  You can park there for two days but will need to pay for a week's car parking which costs £10.  The ticket machine only takes coins.  If you arrive early, you may be able to find free roadside car parking just outside the town centre, possibly on the road out towards Kirkby Stephen.


Further Information

Please download the general information sheet below for advice about my challenge walks.  What to wear, what to bring with you, safety etc.  In addition to what's on the sheet, you will need to carry your overnight things.  I recommend travelling as light as possible!  

Essential information
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You are responsible for booking your own accommodation in Kirkby Stephen for the Saturday night, and if you need it accommodation in the Sedbergh area the nights before and afterwards.  Please don't book your accommodation until after I have confirmed your booking for the walk.  Please ensure that your accommodation is in Kirkby Stephen town centre and not a few miles out!  If breakfast is included with your accommodation package, it would be a good idea to check when booking that they are able to offer an early breakfast.  You'll need to have finished breakfast, be packed up, and ready to start walking by about 8:15am. 


Kirkby Stephen has a good selection of B&Bs, hotels, and an independent backpacker's hostel.  For B&B I can personally recommend Redmayne House  You'll find useful reviews for many others on Trip Advisor.