4.3 of 5 (14 votes)

Wild Boar Fell

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 17.90km (11.12 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 420m (1377ft)
Descent 493m (1617ft)
Max. Elevation 710m (2329ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 913m (2994ft)
Garsdale Head
Distance 17.90km
Duration ~6:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 03 Aug 2010
Wild Boar Fell is, if nothing else, a great name for a hill. Luckily, it's also a great hill - big and certainly wild (not seen any boars, though) - and at 708m, higher than one of the much-loved 'big three', Penyghent. This route, from Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen, is a long day across pretty wild country for the Dales. The route is taken from the excellent 'Green Networks of the Dales' book by Colin Speakman - an essential purchase for any Yorkshire-bound car-free walker.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SD787917
Enjoy the journey along the Settle-Carlisle line - fantastic whichever direction you travel - and get off at Garsdale Station. Head down the main road, cross it and take the footpath opposite.
OS Grid SD777938
The footpath heads past Clough Force and into Grisedale. Follow it past Rowantree until it joins a road. Keep heading north to East House. From here, take the track heading on to Grisedale Common.
About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
OS Grid SD761957
Cross the fence by Turner Hill, and follow its path heading up on to White Birks Common. The ground starts getting steeper as you climb the slope of Swarth Fell Pike.
About 2.56 km (~1.59 miles) from
OS Grid SD753965
It's a short walk along the top to Swarth Fell, which reaches 681m. Keep on the line of the wall and head into the dip between Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SD757987
Head past the tarn and keep on iver Wild Boar Fell. Superb views looking west towards the Howgills.
About 2.23 km (~1.39 miles) from
OS Grid NY766011
From Wild Boar, head past The Nab, which sits above the wonderfully-named Scriddles, and follow the ridge line down on to Little Fell. From here, continue due north down the fell.
About 2.46 km (~1.53 miles) from
OS Grid NY764037
Keep following the nose of Little Fell down to Tommy Road. Cross this and take the bridleway heading over the railway.
About 2.69 km (~1.67 miles) from
OS Grid NY770063
The bridleway meets the River Eden and heads towards Wharton Hall. Keep heading north from here.
About 2.57 km (~1.6 miles) from
OS Grid NY768071
At Halfpenny House, you have aa choice - the footpath to the left towards the station, or to the right, which leads into Kirkby Stephen town.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid NY762065
The footpath takes you to the station for the train home. There are also buses from the town itself.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

12 Feb 2013
Turner Hill

Good spot Mac, corrected now. Thanks, Tim

11 Feb 2013
Tower Hill???

Not sure where Tower Hill is (Point 2), it doesn't appear on the OS map in this area, do you mean Turner Hill?? You could also take the track from East House and below Grisedale Brow to beyond High Flust to follow the wall (and Round Ing Gill) up Nettle Brow to meet the fence, short left turn then reaches Swarth Fell Pike.

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