3.6 of 5 (2 votes)

Green Bell from Kirkby Stephen

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria, England, about 22.60km (14.04 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 433m (1420ft)
Descent 431m (1414ft)
Max. Elevation 600m (1968ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 864m (2834ft)
Start & End
Kirkby Stephen Railway Station
Distance 22.60km
Duration ~7:45h
2Created by mac.hawk on 10 Jan 2016
No 19 of my walks from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line. This one takes in one of the Howgill Fells (Green Bell) which just makes mountain status (and has a trig pillar). One steep ascent/descent and a fair bit of generally quiet minor road walking. It's tempting to attack this via Ash Fell but it's a loooong 1 & 3/4 miles walk up/down the very busy A685 road with no adjacent footpath.

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OS Grid NY761066
Exit the railway station onto the A685 and turn left for half a mile. Please take care as it's a busy road.
OS Grid NY757061
At the first road junction turn left and follow the A683 road for 2 1/4 miles to reach a minor road junction on the right a little beyond Tarn House (west of the nearby dam).
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid NY747033
Turn right along the minor road through Bowber Head then take either Low Lane or the waymarked path through several fields to reach Ravenstonedale.
About 3.01 km (~1.87 miles) from
OS Grid NY724040
Follow the road through Ravenstonedale, pass through Coldbeck to reach a t-junction and turn left briefly to reach a wayposted bridleway on the right.
About 2.42 km (~1.5 miles) from
OS Grid NY715043
Follow the bridleway across fields for 3/4 mile to reach a minor road east of Will Hill. Follow the road briefly to reach Tailor Mire on your right.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid NY700042
At Tailor Mire you'll have to make a judgement on whether to take the track or footpath (a little further along the road) to Stwarth - it might depend on which looks less boggy!
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid NY695026
Rising the hill both track & footpath meet after 2/3 mile and simply continue uphill to pass Stwarth and continue to rise uphill to the hill summit.
About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
OS Grid NY697010
Reach the trig pillar at Green Bell summit where there are excellent 360 degree views to be had. The descent follows the RoW a little to the east.
About 1.62 km (~1.01 miles) from
OS Grid NY701009
From Green Bell you can either descend directly left (east) or a little more gently by carrying on ahead a little to turn left to follow Spengill Well briefly then left again to follow Long Gill NE.
About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid NY715025
Follow the footpath as it descends the hill. The path turns to track just south of Wye Garth where it then continues into Town Head/Ravenstonedale.
About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
OS Grid NY723040
From Ravenstonedale return to Kirkby Stephen railway station whichever way it suits you. I recommend any of the valley minor roads or RoW's to return to Tarn House.
About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid NY749034
Return to the railway station via the A683 & A685 roads.
About 2.71 km (~1.68 miles) from
OS Grid NY762065
Walk is approx 17 miles.
About 3.38 km (~2.1 miles) from

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