Randygill Top

Randygill Top

Randygill Top is the northernmost of the six 2,000ft hills in the Howgill Fells and is, like all the summits in the area, a superb viewpoint.

Height (m): 624
Height (ft): 2047
Prominence (m): 131
Classification: Nuttall, Hewitt, HuMP
Hill No: 2759
Grid Ref: NY687000
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 3

The fell’s somewhat amusing name is a descriptive one, the summit standing high above Great Randy Gill to the south. Great Randy Gill is a short-lived stream that drops down into the the deep trough of Bowderdale which is the western terminus of Randygill Top.

Randygill Top from Hazelgill Knott on the other side of Bowderdale
Randygill Top from Hazelgill Knott on the other side of Bowderdale

To the north a col named Leathgill Bridge connects Randygill Top with Hooksey, a long ridge that separates Bowderdale from Weasdale. To the north-east a saddle connects Randygill Top with Green Bell via Stockless and Spengill Head. Both Hooksey and Green Bell provide good routes on to Randygill Top from the north.

The path from Green Bell to Randygill Top
The path from Green Bell to Randygill Top

To the south-east easy grass slopes connect Randygill Top with Kensgriff, any further progress south encounters the steep slopes of Yarlside.

Randygill Top from Kensgriff
Randygill Top from Kensgriff

The summit of Randygill Top is notable for being crowned with one of the larger cairns to be found in the Howgill Fells. Who hauled these stones up to the top and why is a mystery, there certainly isn’t any naturally occurring rock on the grassy summit.

The summit cairn on Randygill Top
The summit cairn on Randygill Top

The view is superb, one of the finest in the Howgill Fells, which is saying something. A vast array of fells, near and far, are in view including the Howgills, the Cross Fell range in the North Pennines, the distant Lake District mountains and the Mallerstang fells in the north-west Yorkshire Dales. Finally, a short walk to the north brings in a full length view of Weasdale.

Weasdale from Randygill Top
Weasdale from Randygill Top

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