Yorkshire Dales Walks
Wild Boar Fell & Swarth Fell
Date: 31st May 2004
Distance: 8.9 miles
Ascent: 1686 feet
Time: Too long ago to remember!
Start Grid Ref: SD778962
A fine walk to Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell above the Mallerstang valley.
1. Wild Boar Fell from Aisgill Moor
2. The lines of cairns on High White Scar
3. On the summit of Wild Boar Fell
4. Swarth Fell from Wild Boar Fell
5. Matt on Swarth Fell
6. Ingleborough and Whernside from Swarth Fell
Walk Detail: This was a really nice hot day (our last for some time as it turned out) that made our initial climb up the long grass of Aisgill Moor really hard going.
On the way we saw the rather sad sight of a lamb trying to scare us away from its already dead mother. We later told a farmer who I hope managed to rescues the poor little thing.
Initially we were following Brian Smailes’s route for Swarth Fell but Wild Boar Fell was right next to us and also looked so much more impressive than our intended destination that we decided to make a detour.
We first went up to the cairns lining the eastern edge where I took a photo that ended up being my PC wallpaper for about 6 months. We then walked over to the trig point on the western side where I got some more great photos with the Howgill Fells (my first view of them) in the background.
The weather we had at the top of Wild Boar Fell was arguably the best we experienced the whole of that first year of walking. Swarth Fell itself was a bit of an anti-climax especially the under whelming pile of stones on the summit. On the way down we also traversed Swarth Fell Pike, not that we really made anything of it at the time. Wild Boar Fell was straight away one of my favourites.