Distance: 3.4 miles (5.4km), Time: 2-3 hours,  Map OS Explorer OL19

1. From the centre of Sedbergh follow Howgill Lane for approximately 1km to a turning on the right signposted permissive path. Turn right and follow the lane up through Lockbank farm to a gate that opens directly on to the fell side.

2. Go through the gate and turn immediately left. The path follows the intake wall, then slowly climbs across the fell to reach a well-defined bridleway. After 1km turn right on to the bridleway and follow it up hairpins bends on the western flank of Winder.

3. Follow the bridleway as it climbs gradually via several false peaks until you reach the main rounded crest of the ridge line which leads directly to the summit trig point. After taking in the views from the summit and enjoying a breather it’s time to make your way down.

4. From the summit of Winder head southeast and follow the steepening path as it traverses down the fell side. Approximately halfway down the slope the path joins a well-defined bridleway. Turn right on to the bridleway and follow it along an elevated terrace which provides breathtaking views of the market town immediately below. As the terrace nears the bottom of the slope the bridleway bears to the left and steepens to descend to the fell gate at Lockbank Farm.

5. Go through the gate and retrace your steps down the lane to Howgill Lane and follow it back into the centre of Sedbergh.

Alternative descent. To make a slightly longer walk head north east from the summit following the main ridge gently downwards. As you near the col below Arant Haw fork right onto a path which descends diagonally towards Settlebeck Gill. Cross a bridleway and continue diagonally until you reach a large path heading straight down. Take this path, which joins the Dales High Way, and heads down to a metal kissing gate at the fell wall. Continue downwards through a lovely wooded area beside the gill, then across a field, to reach the top of Joss Lane which leads to the centre of town.


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. Remember that fells can be cold, windy and misty so carry a proper paper map, clothing and refreshments. Check the weather forecast and make sure someone knows where you are going, and when you expect to be back. Click here for more information about mountain safety.