Duration 3-4 hours / Distance 16km (+500m to visit The Calf) / Height gain 830m / Maps OS Landranger 97 & 98 or OS Explorer OL19

Starting from the central car park on Main Street, Sedbergh turn right onto Joss Lane then take the 2nd left onto Fairholme. At the T junction turn right onto Howgill Lane and follow this road for about 3.5km to a junction. Here a tarmac lane goes off to the left and a bridleway goes right up the farm track to Birkhaw.

Take the bridleway, pass through the farm and continue along the track across fields and eventually onto the open fell. After crossing a ford the track swings left beside the wall before swinging right again and heading up the valley. Drop down to cross Bram Rigg Beck then begin the ascent of Bram Rigg via the bridleway which climbs steeply across the slope to gain the west ridge. A long hard climb eventually takes you left of Bram Rigg Top summit to reach the main Howgills bridleway.

From here it is easy to make a short detour northwards to the highest point in the Howgills at The Calf (673m).

To return to Sedbergh follow the main bridleway southwards past Bram Rigg Top to the summit of Calders. From here the rough stony track drops steeply to the right then round a left-hand hairpin bend (care needed), followed by a wild ride down to an area known as Rowantree Grains. The track then rises gradually over the shoulder of Arant Haw before a superb descent to the col between Arant Haw and Winder.

Continue along the ridge to the summit of Winder then carry on past the cairn and trig point to descend the west ridge on a lovely grassy track. At the fell wall go through the gate onto a short track which leads to Howgill Lane. Turn left to return to Sedbergh.


This route description is only to give you information and ideas and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please satisfy yourself that the route is suitable for everyone in your group. Make sure that your bike is in good working order and that you carry a proper paper map, tools, clothing and refreshments. Check the weather forecast and make sure someone knows where you are going, and when you expect to be back.