Howes from Nabs Moor

Howes (main summit) from Nabs Moor

Summits: The chapter contains two; Nabs Moor at 1613’ and Howes itself at 1930’.

Date bagged: First visit: 14th April 2014, on walk 81. Second visit: 8th September 2016 (walk 117).

Note that walk 65 (31/8/12) passed literally within a hundred yards of Nabs Moor’s summit, and Howes wasn’t a great deal further away.

Bagged as number: First round: 246 and 247 of the 330. [ << Wasdale Horseshoe (242-245)  (248-250) Wet Sleddale Horseshoe >> ].

Howes summit

The summit of Howes, 7.05am on day 2 of walk 117

Second round: 70 and 71 of 330 [ << Tarn Crag (69)  (72) Selside Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came up Nabs Moor from Swindale; came off Howes down to Mosedale Cottage below (though remember it’s still quite a walk from there to anywhere resembling civilisation).

Second visit: Ascended to Howes from Mosedale Cottage. Did Nabs Moor, then hauled myself up the fence to Selside Pike (not an edifying climb).

Nabs Moor and Dodd Bottom

Nabs Moor, and the old tarn bed of Dodd Bottom, seen from Swindale Head

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 230 of volume 8):”Howes is not a separate fell but merely a subsidiary and undistinguished summit on the broad eastern flank of Branstree. There is nothing exciting about it but interest can be added to its ascent by a visit to the old quarry in Mosedale and a detour to the spectacular Forces waterfalls in a ravine where Mosedale Beck tumbles into the strange upper recesses of Swindale Head.”

What I say: I wrote after my first visit that there are things worth seeing from both the summits in this chapter — the climb of Nabs Moor, even if the Forces are not visited (and they probably should be), affords great views of Swindale. Not spectacular countryside, but not drab either. My second visit didn’t exactly change those perceptions, but it did give me some memorable moments, having started out from Mosedale Cottage at 6.35am and reaching Howes at 7am, the earliest of any summit I’ve reached thus far. And there were a couple of half decent photos as a result.

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2 Responses to “Howes”

  1. […] southern side of Wet Sleddale. Fells were bagged from two of Wainwright’s volume 8 chapters, Howes and the Wet Sleddale Horseshoe. Have a look at all those pages if you want to know the details and […]

  2. […] eastern fringe of the District: several from chapters in the Outlying Fells (Bannisdale Horseshoe, Howes, Naddle Horseshoe) and three from the Far Eastern Fells (Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Selside Pike). This […]

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