Howgill Fells & Westmorland Walks
Randygill Top & Green Bell
Date: 9th February 2008
Distance: 9.1 miles
Ascent: 2054 feet
Time: 4 hours 34 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY692037
An exploration of the north-east corner of the Howgills including the superb viewpoint of Green Bell.
Route Summary: Weasdale - Hooksey - Randygill Top - Stockless - Green Bell - Knott - Thornthwaite - Ravenstonedale - Will Hill - Weasdale
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: After leaving my car on the verge of the minor road into Weasdale I set off to climb Hooksey with the very bright sun directly in my eyes. The initial walk in was not particularly interesting, the views becoming more interesting the closer I got to Hooksey's summit. Even by Howgill standards the cairn on Hooksey was fairly insubstantial so I did not hand around long before making the steep climb up Leathgill Bridge to Randygill Top.
Randygill Top and Green Bell both offer similarly fine views and the walk between the two over the minor bump of Stockless was as delightful as it was easy and offered some first rate views of the valley of Weasdale backed now by Hooksey.
After lunch on Green Bell I descended via the minor tops of Knoutberry (cairnless) and Knott which while did not look as worthwhile an objective on the ground as it did on the map. From Knott it was a fairly long walk of over 4 miles back to the car the highlight of which was passing through the attractive village of Ravenstonedale.