The success of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells inspired Alfred Wainwright to write a guidebook to another of his favourite landscapes: the Howgill Fells, lying north of Sedbergh. This book was a companion to his Walks in Limestone Country, published in 1970.
Wainwright loved the peace and tranquillity of the Howgill Fells, and, indeed, fifty years after the book was first published in 1972, some of the walking routes described in the book are still quiet and unfrequented.
In his introduction to the Howgill Fells, Wainwright wrote: ‘As more and more people flee to the countryside for a brief respite from the towns, the opportunities of quiet rural enjoyment are shrinking. … As yet the Howgills are relatively unknown. They are not, and never will be, a popular magnet, and in this lack of general appeal lies their great attraction for those who want to escape from the noise and the crowds. Here is a pervading tranquillity. … their greatest appeal must ever be to those who love to walk freely ’over the tops’ and commune with nature in solitude. There is no better place for doing this than the Howgill Fells, bless them.’
The book remained in print for 30 years and, like his other guidebooks, was in need of revision. In 2003, Chris Jesty began a comprehensive review of all of Wainwright’s guidebooks, walking the routes and updating the maps and written descriptions, where necessary.
The Second Edition of Walks on the Howgill Fells was published in 2014.
This book, republished by The Wainwright Society, is a reprint of Chris Jesty’s Second Edition and no changes have been made to the walks, route descriptions or maps.