Howgills and Limestone Trail

Inspired by Alfred Wainwright's 1970s pictorial guides to the Howgills and the limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, this excellent 76 mile modern long distance path devised by David and Heather Pitt, traces a route between the ancient market towns of Kirkby Stephen and Settle, taking in the scenic best that these two quite different upland areas have to offer.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

The Howgills and Limestone Trail is 76 miles long and our recommended itinerary splits the walk into 7 daily stages of approximately 9 - 12 miles. We are always happy to chat about the route and can quote for longer or shorter periods.

Arrive at Kirkby Stephen and check into your accommodation
Day 1 Kirkby Stephen to Ravenstonedale 8½ miles
Day 2 Ravenstonedale to Cautley 9½ miles
Day 4 Cautley via 'The Calf' to Sedbergh 11½ miles
Day 5 Sedbergh via Middleton Fell to Barbon 11½ miles
Day 6 Barbon to Ingleton 11 miles
Day 7 Ingleton via Ingleborough to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 12 miles
Day 8 Horton-in-Ribblesdale via Penyghent to Settle 12 miles
Depart Settle

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.


Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

KIRKBY STEPHEN: Kirkby Stephen is a stop on the scenic Settle to Carlisle line. There are trains from London Euston via Carlisle or from London Kings Cross and Manchester via Settle and Leeds. The journey time (to Kirkby Stephen) from London is approximately 5½ hours and from Manchester is 3 hours.

RETURN from SETTLE: Settle is connected to the main rail network via Skipton and Leeds with frequent trains. It is also the terminus on the scenic line running from Carlisle and if you have left a car at Kirkby Stephen you can catch a direct train back.

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Howgills and Limestone Trail Map

The going on the Howgills and Limestone Trail is mostly easy or moderate on farm tracks and good trails through river valleys and across open fell and moorland, but there are three more challenging days when you will make some steep climbs including on rocky paths as you climb the three iconic peaks of this trail. These peaks are: 'The Calf' (2200ft.), the highest fell in the Howgills, which is tackled on the third day, and in the limestone country you will climb two of the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks', namely Ingleborough (2373ft.) and Penyghent (2277ft.). Regular fell-walkers will have no difficulties with the Howgills and Limestone Trail but a reasonable level of fitness is required.