The Brownthwaite trig point on Barbon Low Fell

Barbon Low Fell & Hoggs Hill

Walk Summary

A super walk visiting Barbon Low Fell and Hoggs Hill, two unsung summits in the far west of the Yorkshire Dales that include extensive views of Barbondale, Lunesdale and the north-west.

Distance: 8.0 miles
Total ascent: 1460ft
Walk Rating: ****
Parking: Roadside parking in Barbon
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

I'd first climbed Barbon Low Fell back in January 2007, not that I knew it at the time as I used to refer to this hill as Casterton Fell. The recent publication of a hill list of hills between 400-499m with a prominence of 30m identified the correct name as Barbon Low Fell. Perhaps even more importantly it also listed Hoggs Hill a subsidary top to the north as a summit in its own right. It was time therefore to make a return visit.

The initial route was virtually the same I'd taken back in 2007, a lovely walk east from Barbon through the woods of Barbondale. These were made particularly colorful by the presence of flowering rhododendrons.

"If anything the panorama from Hoggs Hill was even better than Barbon Low Fell as it included a tremendous view of Barbondale. "

Having passed through the woods we crossed Barbon Beck by a brand new footbridge that had only just been reopened that week. This was to replace the previous footbridge that had been washed away during Storm Desmond the previous winter. I was totally unaware of this so we were very lucky I hadn't attempted this route earlier this year!

Across the bridge we took the bridleway climbing gradually towards Bullpot Farm. Along the way we made a couple of detours to view some modest but attractive waterfalls on Blind Beck. Having reached Bullpot Farm we walked south-west on Fell Road before taking the track above Gale Garth which we followed as far as the giant cairn on Brownthwaite Pike.

From the cairn we followed a thin path to a gate in the wall to the north from where it was a short steep walk up on to the grassy knoll featuring the trig point, confusingly listed as Brownthwaite on the Ordnance Survey database. Despite the cloudy skies the view was extensive and included the Bowland Fells to the south and the Lake District to the west.

From the trig point we made a beeline for Hoggs Hill with a careful wall crossing the only obstacle between the two. If anything the panorama from Hoggs Hill was even better than Barbon Low Fell as it included a tremendous view of Barbondale.

Having bagged Hoggs Hill we weaved our way up, down and around a succession of grassy knolls to eventually reach the top of a path above Grove Gill. Along the way Lisa spotted a pearl bordered fritillary, an increasingly rare butterfly in these parts.

The path down Grove Gill dropped pleasantly through the growing bracken which I'd imagine would hide most of the path in late summer. Eventually the path brought us down to Bents Lane for an easy walk back along the road to Barbon.

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