Arant Haw, known to locals as Higher Winder, is a hill in the Howgill Fells in the north-western Yorkshire Dales. As its alternative name suggests it is the parent fell of Winder, as well as Crook and Sickers Fell.
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Arant Haw is the dominant fell in the southern Howgills and radiates ridges in all directions. Some of these feature minor tops such as the Nab, Sickers Fell, Knott and Crook. The south-western ridge terminates with Winder, a fell in its own right and one that sees a lot more visitors than its parent. The northern ridge, Rowantree Grains, connects Arant Haw to the higher ground of Calders and the main Howgill range.
The popular path from Sedbergh to The Calf passes across the shoulder of Arant Haw but does not go near the summit. Instead a clear path branches off from the bridleway and leads up to the small cairn marking the summit. Despite its location between Winder and The Calf, two relatively popular fells, I’ve never seen anyone on the summit of Arant Haw other than my companion on that particular visit.
The view from the cairn is excellent. On a clear day it extends out to the north-west to include a long line of Lakeland fells. Closer to hand the western side of the Howgills is well seen leading the eye towards the Lune Gorge. To the south and east the fells above Dentdale and Garsdale, such as Baugh Fell, Aye Gill Pike, Great Knoutberry Hill, Whernside and Great Coum are also well seen.
For a good circular walk an ascent via Winder and then a return via the Nab ridge can be recommended. The view along the Nab ridge of the western side of the Howgills is superb and it was one of my favourite walking memories of 2018. A thin grassy path can be followed all the way down to Swang Head from where another path follows the intake wall all the way round the foot of the fell, crosses over Crosdale Beck and then around the foot of Winder and back to Sedbergh.