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The Complete Guide to the Yorkshire Dales - Hills over 2,000 ft
The Yorkshire Dales has some of the most spectacular hills in England. While the mountains of the neighbouring Lake District may be loftier than the highest in the Yorkshire Dales there are few that match the remoteness and distinctly shaped spectacle of hills such as Ingleborough or Penyghent. These two hills are guaranteed to make any visitor fix their eyes on them as soon as they come into view. Wild Boar Fell is another which by its very distinctive profile draws the eyes upon it and it makes any discerning walker want to climb it. And there are more besides. In fact there are 38 hills in the National Park that reach up over 2,000 feet above sea level which meet the Nuttall criteria which is the one I have based the list on (Nuttalls are hills in England and Wales that are at least 2,000 feet high with a drop of 15 metres on all sides).

All are listed here plus two extra hills standing at over 2,000 feet. One is Crag Hill just west of Great Coum which has its own distinct name and its own trig point and the other is Great Dummacks in the Howgill Fells which is 1 metre short of Nuttall category but with such a great name I just had to add it and make the list of Yorkshire Dales 2,000's a round 40. Then there is one other hill in the list, the only one below 2,000 feet high which I just had to add because of its character. It is fantastic Little Whernside. So there are 41. Go on, get out into the Dales and climb them all. You'll be glad you did! The hills are listed in order of size. Get out and bag them!
Note: The source of this compilation is the UK Mountain Database - Nuttalls Classification. See the full list of all UK mountain types on the British Mountain Database website.

Whernside Whernside

Height: 736m (2,415 feet)
Location: Ribblehead
Grid Reference: SD738814

Despite being tagged as the unfashionable one of the 'Three Peaks' Whernside holds the glorious distinction of being the highest hill in the Yorkshire Dales. As one of the three peaks it is also one of the most popular hills and from the top there are great views to the east, north and west. Access can be made from various places and a climb up the king of the dales is well worth the effort.

Ingleborough Ingleborough

Height: 723m (2,372 feet)
Location: Chapel-le-Dale
Grid Reference: SD740745

Ingleborough is without doubt the most popular of all the hills in the Yorkshire Dales. It's rounded shape and flat top which was home to an ancient hill fort make it one of the real attractive hills in the park. The most used path (apart from the three peaks walk) is the one from Ingleton with the Clapham route a close second. The views from the top are truly stunning with a particularly marvellous view to Ribblehead Viaduct by looking north.

Great Shunner Fell Great Shunner Fell

Height: 716m (2,349 feet)
Location: Thwaite
Grid Reference: SD848972

Great Shunner Fell is a giant that provides a feed source for both the River Swale and River Ure. It is often used as a crossing between Wensleydale and Swaledale and as part of the Pennine Way. Whichever way it is climbed the walk is always tough and in inclement conditions it can be one of the hardest to climb in the Dales for at its shortest (Hardraw to Thwaite) it involves a 500m ascent/ descent over a 9 mile trek. Make it a fine day if you can.

High Seat High Seat

Height: 709m (2,326 feet)
Location: Mallerstang
Grid Reference: NY801012

Close to the hamlet of Outhgill in Mallerstang High Seat is the highest point of a long ridge fell which includes the knolls of Gregory Chapel (695m) and Hugh Seat (689m). There is no marked path on the maps to the summit point but a path from Outhgill heading east up Headley's Gill will get you to within 200 metres of the top. Following the Gill further to its source appears to be the obvious vantage.

Wild Boar Fell Wild Boar Fell

Height: 708m (2,323 feet)
Location: Mallerstang
Grid Reference: SD757988

Wild Boar Fell is a dramatic sight as it is approached and not dissimilar to Ingleborough in profile with a steep side and flat top shape coming into view when approached from the south on the B6259. The classic route up is from Little Ing Farm and ascending west to High Dophinsty before following Scriddles ridge top to Blackbed Scar. Once there you are on Wild Boar Fells table top plateau. Enjoy yourself on the top and visit nearby Sand Tarn.

Great Whernside Great Whernside

Height: 704 (2,310 feet)
Location: Upper Wharfedale
Grid Reference: SE002739

Great Whernside, seen here in the picture from Buckden Pike is the highest point of a eight mile long ridge that separates Coverdale and Nidderdale. It is the most popular climb from the busy walkers town of Kettlewell. And a tough climb it is to as it ascends 500 metres from the banks of the River Wharfe to the summit. I often do the classic Buckden Pike and Great Whernside circular from Kettlewell. I must do the long ridge soon.

Buckden Pike Buckden Pike

Height: 702m (2,303 feet)
Location: Upper Wharfedale
Grid Reference: SD960787

Buckden Pike is the only hill I have failed to accomplish on a walking trip for one winters day a few years ago a unforecasted severe blizzard drove my pals and I back from our climb. It is a tough hill to climb but worth it if just for the poignant visit to the memorial cross which commemorates the lives of a Wellington Bomber crew who crashed on the Pike during the second world war. A walk to the summit cairn and the cross is a good walk.

Gregory Chapel Gregory Chapel

Height: 695m (2,280 feet)
Location: Mallerstang
Grid Reference: NY802002

Gregory Chapel is the middle of three knolls on the High Seat ridge in Mallerstang. To the north is High Seat and to the south is Hugh Seat. The views from the ridge plateau on a clear day are divine with the Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and the North Pennines including Nine Standards Rigg all in sight. The ridge is not often walked because of the remote location and this is a great shame but good for the solitude seekers.

Penyghent Penyghent

Height: 694m (2,277 feet)
Location: Ribblesdale
Grid Reference: SD838733

Penyghent is a marvellous hill. The profile is awesome from most aspects and if you approach it from Horton in Ribblesdale it resembles a sitting lion. And a lion of an ascent it is too for the final push to the top up its southern face is as close to a scramble as one will face in the Dales. Penyghent is a popular climb and is most busy in the morning for it is traditionally the first of the 'Three Peaks' challenge. Penyghent rocks.

Hugh Seat Hugh Seat

Height: 689m (2,260 feet)
Location: Mallerstang
Grid Reference: SD808991

Hugh Seat is the lowest and most southerly of the High Seat ridges three knolls. The summit is marked with a cairn as are neigbouring High Seat and Gregory Chapel. The walk on the ridge of all three is almost certain to be quiet as many walkers overlook the range because of its remoteness and because of more illustrious neighbour Wild Boar Fell. Access is good though via the B6259 road that links Kirkby Stephen to Wensleydale.

Great Coum Great Coum

Height: 687m (2,254 feet)
Location: Dentdale
Grid Reference: SD696835

Great Coum is the highest point on a 6 kilometer ridge two miles west of and running parallel to Whernside. The ridge also includes Crag Hill (see below) and Gragareth which must be three of the least climbed hills in the Yorkshire Dales top thirty. It is probably due to their location on the western edge of the Dales traditional walking area and that is a shame. I will be climbing the ridge and completing all three soon. They deserve it.

Crag Hill Crag Hill

Height: 682m (2,237 feet)
Location: Dentdale
Grid Reference: SD692833

If you decide to climb Great Coum (see above) then it more than likely Crag Hill will become a notch on your hill walking belt for it is part of the same ridge system and less than 1 kilometer from the summit of Great Coum. In fact it is more like a two humped 'bactrian' hill than separate hills at all. Yet there are two distinct crests and to a hill climber that means two summits to be climbed as this view taken from Great Coum shows. Got to do it.

Swarth Fell Swarth Fell

Height: 681m (2,234 feet)
Location: Mallerstang
Grid Reference: SD754967

Swarth Fell is the close smaller sibling to Wild Boar Fell just as Simon Fell is to Ingleboro and Plover Hill is to Penyghent close by and attached by the same lower foothills but overshadowed by the loftier and lauded bigger brother. Swarth Fell lies due south of Wild Boar Fell but it is a popular climb as an accompanyment to the scaling of the larger hill. Cairns are placed all over the hill to guide walkers on days with poor visibility.

Plover Hill Plover Hill

Height: 680m (2,231 feet)
Location: Halton Gill
Grid Reference: SD848752

Plover Hill lies at the northern end of the Penyghent hill. It is often climbed by walkers approaching Penyghent from Halton Gill but I usually descend it down to Foxup Moor while on a circular walk from Horton. Whichever way it is tackled don't leave the path for it a severely boggy terrain on Plover Hill as rainwater permeates from Penyghent onto Plover Hills flat high plateau and sits there well into high summer.

Baugh Fell Tarn Rigg Hill (Baugh Fell)

Height: 678m (2,224 feet)
Location: Garsdale
Grid Reference: SD741916

Baugh Fell is an imposing hill to the north of Garsdale. It has a flat plateau summit with rolling humps and a series of summit tarns. The trig point at Knoutberry Haw (see below) is actually two metres lower than the highest point at Tarn Rigg Hill. There are no marked paths on the map to this remote hill so expect to be alone on your exploration of it. But explore you must...

The Calf The Calf

Height: 676m (2,218 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD667970

The Calf is the highest point of the Howgill Fells and from its summit the views are truly spectacular. On a clear day the panorama reaches to the Lakeland Mountains in the west, the Eden Valley and North Pennines to the north, and to the east and south you will see many of the Yorkshire Dales finest hills including Wild Boar Fell and the Three Peaks. It is a stunning place and one of my favourite places in the Yorkshire Dales.

Baugh Fell Knoutberry Haw

Height: 676m (2,218 feet)
Location: Garsdale
Grid Reference: SD731919

Baugh Fell is an imposing hill to the north of Garsdale. It has a flat plateau summit with rolling humps and a series of summit tarns. The trig point at Knoutberry Haw is actually two metres lower than the highest point at Tarn Rigg Hill. It is an interesting hill to explore for apart from the high points the tarns (East Tarns and West Baugh Fell Tarn) usually attract several species of moorland birds to observe during the exploration of the Fell.

Lovely Seat Lovely Seat

Height: 675m (2,215 feet)
Location: Buttertubs Pass
Grid Reference: SD878951

Lovely Seat is found on the wild open moors that separate Wensleydale from Swaledale. The easiest way to reach Lovely Seat is by parking up at the cattle grid 800 metres south of the scenic viewpoint on Buttertubs Pass and walking east for one kilometer. A far more interesting option is to follow the path north onto the moor from Sedbusk to make a leisurely exploration of the high moorland around Lovely Seat.

Calders Calders

Height: 675m (2,211 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD671960

Calders is one of the most walked hill in the Howgill Fells simply because of its proximity to Sedbergh town which it overlooks (see picture). At just two metres lower than The Calf it is almost the highest point in the Fells and part of the most popular walk in the Howgills from Sedburgh. However I recommend the alternative walk from Sedburgh to Cautley Beck, then up Cautley Spout to The Calf, then to Calders and back to Sedburgh.

Great Knoutberry Hill Great Knoutberry Hill

Height: 672m (2,205 feet)
Location: Widdale
Grid Reference: SD788871

Great Knoutberry Hill is an imposing sight for anyone walking on the Dales Way Long Distance Footpath as they walk the long road section from Ribblesdale to Dent Head. The best approach to its summit is from this section of the Dales Way by leaving the path at Stonehouse Farm and following the Arthen Gill path up Dent Fell towards Widdale and leaving it to complete the ascent before returning in the direction one came.

Rogan's Seat Rogan's Seat

Height: 672m (2,205 feet)
Location: East Stonesdale
Grid Reference: NY919031

Rogan's Seat is a very remote place but easily reached by following the Swaledale Swinner Gill to Gunnerside Gill path and leaving it to follow a bridleway track north for two kilometres. The track is fairly flat but for explorative walkers the return journey down the same track can be a bore. It was for me. The views from Rogan's Seat are not brilliant either as its on a wide flat moorland but despite the drawbacks it has to be achieved.

Bram Rigg Top Bram Rigg Top

Height: 672m (2,205 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD668965

Bram Rigg Top is one of the Howgill Fells cluster of rounded topped peaks which includes The Calf, Calders and Great Dummacks, all of which are close neighbours to each other. this makes all four easily achievable in a simpgle walking excursion in the lovely Howgill Fells. I love walking in the area and making it a long weekend of walking by staying in Sedburgh or in Dent.

Fountain's Fell Fountains Fell

Height: 668m (2,192 feet)
Location: Silverdale
Grid Reference: SD864715

The higher of two fells (Darnbrook Fell being the other) on hillside two miles south east of Penyghent. Fountains Fell is home to a substantial felltop tarn. This the felltop plateau can be wet underfoot for most of the year. Despite this there are paths crossing Fountains as it is a landmark on the Pennine Way and therefore the fell is often achieved by walkers on their long journey from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders.

Water Crag Water Crag

Height: 668m (2,192 feet)
Location: East Stonesdale
Grid Reference: NY928046

This fell with a trigpoint assisting ease of location stands just 4 metres lower than Rogan's Seat on the high ground above East Stonesdale. Water Crag is located just a mile to the north and east of Rogan's Seat so it makes sense to visit the both of them in a single walk from Gunnerside or alternatively from Arkengarthdale.

Dodd Fell Hill Dodd Fell Hill

Height: 668m (2,192 feet)
Location: Cam High Road
Grid Reference: SD841845

As with Fountains Fell the summit of Dodd Fell Hill is closely passed by Pennine Way walkers as they travel through the Yorkshire Dales on their epic 268 journey. No doubt a short detour is often taken by hill baggers before they drop down from the West Cam Road into Wensleydale at Hawes. The hill itself has a rounded top and can be easily scaled as the top is only 500 metres away from the path and 90 metres further up.

Sails or Little Fell Sails (Little Fell)

Height: 667m (2,189 feet)
Location: Buttertubs Pass
Grid Reference: SD808971

Sails stands on the southern extremity of the long high ridge which includes High Seat, Gregory's Chapel and Hugh Seat. The most obvious walk in to complate all four in one day from Garsdale Head, Outhgill or Nateby. The more adventurous could go for bagging Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell two making a unique walk and thus completing a classic Yorkshire Dales half dozen.

Great Dummacks Great Dummacks

Height: 663m (2,175 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD679963

Great Dummacks is situated just to the east of Calders (see above) in the splendid Howgill Fells and so if you are peak bagging this list then it is best accomplished in a good day on the Howgills when bagging The Calf, Bram Rigg Top and Calders. This way you get all four in a walk that can be best done via magnificent Cautley Spout. The walk will help you understand Wainwright's view of the Howgills as slumbering elephants.

Nine Standards Rigg Nine Standards Rigg

Height: 662m (2,172 feet)
Location: Hartley Fell
Grid Reference: NY824063

Nine Standard's Rigg is part of the Pennine watershed. It would be one of those hills rarely ascended if it wasn't for the fact it lies directly on the Coast to Coast, the most popular English Long Distance Path of them all. This factor makes it a well walked hill. The Nine Standards are cairns which are not as old as they seem, a 19th/ 20th century folly of the hills. However, they do make an imposing sight on the hills east of the Kirkby Stephen.

Fountain's Fell South Top Fountains Fell - South Top

Height: 662m (2,172 feet)
Location: Silverdale
Grid Reference: SD868707

The higher of two fells (Darnbrook Fell being the other) on hillside two miles south east of Penyghent. Fountains Fell is home to a substantial felltop tarn. This the felltop plateau can be wet underfoot for most of the year. Despite this there are paths crossing Fountains as it is a landmark on the Pennine Way and therefore the fell is often achieved by walkers on their long journey from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders.

Simon Fell Simon Fell

Height: 650m (2,133 feet)
Location: Chapel-le-Dale
Grid Reference: SD754751

Simon Fell is the central of the three humps in the picture with Park Fell to the left and magnificent Ingleborough to the right (Park Fell is 563m high). All three hills form the Ingleborough system which is best walked from a stile on the roadside of Gauber Road one mile south of Ribblehead Station. Follow a wallside track up to Park Fell and then stick to the undulating ridge top all the way over Simon Fell and futher on to Ingleborough.

Yockenthwaite Moor Yockenthwaite Moor

Height: 643m (2,110 feet)
Location: Langstrothdale
Grid Reference: SD908810

Yockenthwaite Moor sits high north of Langstrothsdale. It is a tough climb from any direction and a no easier to explore one its heights are reached. The easiest option is to follow the Gilbert Lane track from Cray and then track west from the Grey Horse Boundary Stone at the track side. This is the point where least ascent to the trig point on Yockenthwaite Moor has to be made. While on the moor visit South Grain Tarn and Middle Tongue Tarn.

Fell Head Fell Head

Height: 640m (2,100 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD647981

The Howgills are a series of rounded lush grass topped fells and Fell Head is one of seven of them that rise over 2,000 feet. It is the most westerly of the five and is best climbed from Gate House on the Fairmile Roman Road by following the track through Beck House Farm and following it up the fell before leaving it to follow a track up to the cairn summit. Unfortunately the only marked route is by following the track back.

Yarlside Yarlside

Height: 639m (2,096 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD685984

Yarlside is the 6th highest of the Howgill Fells and is clearly seen from the sedburgh to Kirkby Stephen Road. The roadside at Rawthey Bridge is the best access point to climbing Yarlside and is best done in a walk that also includes the 4th highest fell, Randygill Top (see below). There is another alternative starting from Low Haygarth to the top of Cautley Spout a magnificent series of waterfalls and one of the best in the Yorkshire Dales.

Green Hill Green Hill

Height: 628m (2,060 feet)
Location: Dentdale
Grid Reference: SD701820

Green Hill is one of the distinct knolls on the long ridge of the Green Hill, Gragareth and Great Coum range which is the huge hill seen directly west of Whernside with little visited Kingsdale separating them. It is easiest bagged on a ridge walk of the range capturing four of the Yorkshire Dales top hills on the same walk.

Gragareth Gragareth

Height: 627m (2,057 feet)
Location: Kingsdale
Grid Reference: SD687793

Gragareth is at the southern end of the 6 kilometre long ridge which has Green Hill, Great Coum and Crag Hill at its northern end. Best do all four in a single ridge walk starting from High Moss near Whernside on the Ingleton to Dent Road. You'll probably have solitude on this sadly ignored range so relax on the ridge and take in the great views while you bag all four. Return from the top of Gragareth by Green Laid Scars and the quiet road.

Darnbrook Fell Darnbrook Fell

Height: 624m (2,047 feet)
Location: Littondale
Grid Reference: SD884728

Darnbrook Fell is the smaller sister of Fountains Fell and the summit lies just one mile east along a path off the Pennine Way. From Darnbrook Fell there are magnificent views of nearby Penyghent to the west and Littondale to the north and east. For a days peak bagging it would not be difficult to capture (in order) Penyghent, Plover Hill, Darnbrook Fell and Fountains Fell in a single 12 mile circular walk starting from Dale Head (Ref: SD842715)

Randygill Top Randygill Top

Height: 624m (2,047 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: NY687000

Randygill Top is the most northerly of the 8 Howgill Fells which rise over 2,000 feet. For access there is a route from Rawthey Bridge (see Yarlside above) but the most clearly marked route is by approaching Randygill Top from the north starting at the T junction (Ref: NY699042) on the Ravenstonedale to Weasdale Road and climbing south to Ravenstonedale Common. Return by dropping into Bowderdale and following the beck to Weasdale.

Bush Howe Bush Howe

Height: 623m (2,044 feet)
Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Reference: SD659980

Bush Howe is the lowest of the eight rounded hills on the Howgill Fells range. Despite being the lowest of the eight it stands on the same plateau as the highest. The Calf is only less than a mile away to the south east. The other local Howgill is Fell Head, a kilometre due west so there is the opportunity of a straightforward walk to capture a few lovely Howgills in the same delightful walk.

Wether Fell Drumaldrace(Wether Fell)

Height: 614m (2,014 feet)
Location: Sleddale
Grid Reference: SD873868

Drumaldrace stands close to the Cam High Roman Road path linking walkers to Wensleydale and Ribblesdale. Walkers wishing to bag the peak need only make a very short detour from the path of 200 metres to the cairn at Drumaldrace. The fell is the 29th and last of the Yorkshire Dales fells over 2,000 metres so now you know them all the next thing is to get out there and bag them. Why not make it a round 30 with...(see below)

Birks Fell Birks Fell

Height: 614m (2,014 feet)
Location: Wharfedale
Grid Reference: SD918764

Birk's Fell is the highest point on well known Old Cote Moor which is the range which forms the lofty barrier between Wharfedale and Littondale. The high point is near to Birk's Tarn between the trig points at Horse Head and Firth Fell. The fell is the 39th and last of the Yorkshire Dales fells over 2,000 metres so now you know them all the next thing is to get out there and bag them. Why not make it a round 40 with...(see below)

...and finally one that is just under 2,000 feet but one I just had to include.

Little Whernside Little Whernside

Height: 604m (1,981 feet)
Location: Coverdale
Grid Reference: SE027776

..Little Whernside. While Little Whernside does not reach the exalted height of 2,000 feet it is one of those hills in the Yorkshire Dales which inspires walkers to climb it because of its super profile. Part of a long ridge which includes Great Whernside, Dead Man's Hill and Great Haw it can be easily climbed from Braidley in Coverdale or from Little Hunter Sleets, both starting points being at roadside on the Kettlewell to Middleham Road.

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