The town of Sedbergh nestles at the foot of Winder, with the 1551 foot high summit less than a mile away

Looking across Lupton Field to the Town and Winder

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The slopes of Winder provide a backdrop to views from the Town.

Looking up Finkle Street

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The view across the golf course at Abbot Holme looking towards Sedbergh and the Howgills with Winder on the left.

Winder, Crook and Knott

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The ascent of Winder via Settlebeck Gill can conveniently be started from Joss Lane car park. Walk up Joss lane and go through the gate at the end where this photo was taken. The path bends to the left beside the farm buildings and continues up the hill with Settlebeck Gill on your right.

The start of the ascent of Winder from Joss Lane

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After climbing through farmland the path passes through a metal kissing gate to the open fellside. It is possible to make a direct ascent to the summit of Winder by branching off to the left from this path but it is much less strenuous to follow the path to the head of the gill and then turn back to the left on the path from Arant Haw to the summit of Winder.

Waterfall in Settlebeck Gill

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February snow covers the top of Whernside in the distance. This view is from the path which follows the intake wall from Settlebeck Gill to Lockbank Farm. For those not wishing to make the full climb to the summit this path provides a lower level alternative, returning to the town via Howgill Lane.

Looking over Frostrow Fells towards Whernside

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The view from Settlebeck Gill with Garsdale running between Aye Gill Pike in the centre of the picture and the slopes of Baugh Fell on the far left.

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A path across the southern slope of Winder midway between the intake wall and the summit provides extensive views over the town and the Rawthey valley.

Sedbergh from the upper slopes of Winder

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Winder’s summit provides good long distance views in most directions. Close to the Ordnance Survey trig point is an orientation table, erected to celebrate the millennium, which identifies many of the surrounding hills.

Looking south from the summit of Winder

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The path up Settlebeck Gill, on the left, joins this path from Arant Haw in the dip at the centre of the picture, from where an easy stroll to the left takes you to the summit of Winder.

Approaching Winder from Arant Haw

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A view from the western end of the path across the southern slope of Winder part way between the summit and the intake wall.

Looking towards the Lune Valley

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After ascending Winder via Settlebeck Gill you can make a circular trip by leaving the summit in a westerly direction and descending the ridge towards the Lune Valley. About 50 yards before you reach the intake wall join a path on your left heading towards Sedbergh until it descends to Lockbank Farm, visible in the bottom of this picture. At Lockbank you can refresh yourself with ice cream produced with the milk from the farm’s Friesian and Jersey cows. At Lockbank you can either turn right through the farm and return to Sedbergh via Howgill Lane or continue along the path above the intake wall until you reach Settlebeck Gill.

Descending to Lockbank Farm

Photo © Mike Clarke