Ironically Wild Boar Fell is indeed where the last wild boar roaming freely in the UK fell.
Situated on the edge of the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Wild Boar Fell is the fourth highest of the Yorkshire peaks. It is the legendary home of the last wild boar to survive in England and which was supposedly killed by Sir Richard Musgrave of Hartley Castle in the 15th century. The Fell remains open, bleak and remote but therefore provided a challenging winter walk in January for a couple of intrepid guests who joined Penny on the route.
A Wonderful Walk
The forecast was kind… but the forecast was wrong! It hadn’t allowed for the 708m of exposed hill which encouraged the cutting icy wind to whip over it’s western slopes to batter us as we climbed and on reaching the flat summit, we couldn’t see our hands in front of our faces… or feel them much either. Despite this, it was an invigorating walk much of the start being in the Dale, well protected from the elements.
Following the popularity of the 3 Peaks Walking Breaks, Penny was checking out the new routes for this year’s Alternative 3 Peaks. These are more remote and rugged than those included on the well-known challenge which draws walkers and charity fund raisers to push themselves to summit three mountains in less than 12 hours. Our guests will be taking on the Peaks which claim 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th position on the table and yes, there are four! It seemed impossible to get so close to Great Whernside without including it too – so it should be called ‘The Alternative 4 Peaks Walking Break!’
Sandra and Mark added every layer they had as we hunkered down below the walls which surround the new trig point marking the summit. Despite the cold, spirits were high, as you can see.
After a quick break, we were keen to head down walking on a bearing for fear of losing our way in the fog. The sheep had been moved to lower ground but we saw several tiny field mice scurrying for shelter as we approached. We even saw three other totally mad people, silly enough to be up on the hill in the thick fog, cold winds and distinct lack of views!
We kept up a swift pace as we ‘undulated’ over Swarth Fell and Stubbing Rigg. There are wonderful Norse names in this area and earlier in the day, we had reached The Nab, marched up the edge of The Scriddles and turned left at High Dolphinsty. As the clouds parted the lower we got, we could see the cars at the start point below us and filled our time talking of warm showers, piping hot tea and the comforts of home, made all the better when deserved following a dramatic and testing day in the countryside – it’s tough to beat in any conditions.
The June Alternative 4 Peaks Walking Break is already fully booked but we are planning on another, by popular demand, in May so do call us if you haven’t been completely put off by the above or you count yourself as one of those totally mad people!! Henry & Penny – 01969 623196.
Join us on our next walking break at Eastfield Lodge B&B in the Dales – Click here for more information.