4 day wild camping treks from £775 per person (minimum group of 4)

Begin this trek from our basecamp on the edge of the Howgill fells on a Fell Pony stud. Make your way over Yarleside (2,096 ft) before dropping down into Bowderdale (reputedly the longest uninhabited valley in England) and make camp next to an ancient packhorse bridge.

Howgill fells

Sleeping in tents and cooking over fire, the ponies carry all the basic equipment from pots and pans to mattresses and sleeping bags. All you need to bring is a small rucksack or day bag and suitable all weather clothing & footwear while we take care of everything else.

The Howgills (approximately 40 square miles) are home to the Bybeck herd of Fell ponies that run out as a semi-feral herd.

Bybeck Fell ponies, Howgill fells, 2010

DAY 1

• Arrive in the afternoon/evening at basecamp on the edge of the Howgill fells

• Meet and make friends with the ponies

• Pack the kit ready for the morning

• Communal evening meal cooked on an open fire

• Settle down for the night in our award winning Robens technical tents

DAY 2

• Breakfast

• Load the packs on to ponies

• Lunch break at the river and let the ponies rest

• Afternoon trek over Yarleside to Bowderdale & make camp

• Communal evening meal cooked over fire

DAY 3

• Breakfast

• Load the packs on to ponies

• Trek to old packhorse bridge and make camp

• Communal evening meal cooked over fire

DAY 4

• Breakfast

• Load the packs on to ponies

• lunch on Ravenstonedale Common

• Return to Basecamp

Wild cooking

What we provide

  • Mountain tent

  • Sleeping bag and mat

  • Kitchen and cooking/eating utensils

  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meals

  • Communal shelter

  • Water (we carry a water filter)

Stargazing under dark skies

What you need to bring

This is an all weather expedition so you will need

  • Small rucksack or day bag

  • Warm clothing (layers work well)

  • A waterproof and windproof Jacket

  • Sturdy footwear (no sandals please, you will know about it if a horse accidentally steps on your foot)

  • Combat trousers are ideal; as they are strong, light and fast drying (do not bring denim jeans)

  • Hat

  • And spare changes of clothes stored in a plastic bag to keep them dry.

  • Torch and spare batteries

  • Wash kit and towel

  • A sense of adventure

Howgill Fells

Howgill Fells

This is a walking adventure not a riding trek so no previous experience with horses is necessary, however a certain level of fitness is required as we will be walking up to 8 miles a day over fells that stand at over 2000ft. With the ponies you can be as hands-on or as hands-off as you like, each expedition we lead will have 2 trained mountain leaders and horse handlers so you don’t need to worry.

Award-winning Robens technical tents, mattresses and sleeping bags

For smaller groups we can tailor a trek to suit your needs.

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Read the Howgill fells wild camping blog.

Howgill fells 4 day trek itinerary

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