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Welcome to 'The Walking Cave Man', a fantastic reference guide to walking in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds.

'The Walking Cave Man' is an extremely useful resource to unearth the fabulous walking within the East Riding of Yorkshire, providing  details on over 700 miles of walking routes, maps, route descriptions and footpaths showcasing the beautiful countryside and villages in the county, also including information of many other routes and paths.


The purpose of this site is to provide information and interesting walks to enjoy within the Yorkshire Wolds and East Yorkshire, however does include walks in The Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District.


The interactive map opposite details all of 'The Walking Cave Man' walks within the East Riding of Yorkshire, however please also look through all the other walks I've highlighted, accessible by selecting the page tabs above or links opposite or try the Walking Cave Man Highlighted walk by selecting the banner below.








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Wild Boar Fell from Cotegill Bridge, Aisgill






Start (OS ref):
SD7744297002
Map (1:25,000):
OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Edan Valley
Parking:
Road side parking at lay by just passed Cotegill Bridge
Distance:
8 miles (12.8 km)
Time:
5 hours
Difficulty:
Hard 
Climbing:
Wild Boar Fell & Swarth Fell
Hazards:
None
Refreshments:
None













GPX file of the route here


Map of the route

Wild Boar Fell (so called at it is reputed to be the place where the last wild boar in England was shoot) is a fantastic walk on open access land on the southern edge of the Eden Valley, giving panoramic views of the Howgills, the Mallerstag Valley and stunning scenery over the Yorkshire Dales. 

Wild Boar Fell is reached by utilising open access land and therefore only the first four miles of the route keeps to public footpaths crossing farmland. 

The main path to the summit is fairly easy to navigate as the route follows a sheep track to 'The Nab' with only a short path to the trig point. From the trig point the route backtracks picking up a path to the six large cairns, which can be viewed from the starting point of the walk.  

The route then crosses open fell across to Swarth Fell before cutting steeply down a grassy slope onto Aisgill Moor, to reach the road and the car parking area. 

Wild Boar Fell from the parking area

This fantastic, although hard walk, starts at the lay by near Cotegill Bridge and heads south to Aisgill Cottages. 

Crossing the the railway bridge pick up the footpath heading north at GR: SD 77887 96515 crossing a ford (marked Hellgill Force on the OS map). From this point there are a number of footpaths which can be taken (the footpaths are not well marked but footpaths are fairly obvious) to reach GR: SD 78162 99153 where the route crosses the B6259 at Cooper Hill.



Crossing the road take a choice of two footpaths directly opposite (one follows the River Eden the other passes the foot of Hall Hill), Hazel Gill at GR: SD 78001 99774 where the footpath climbs passes underneath the railway tracks at GR: SD 77876 99612, this being the start of the sheep track leading up to The Nab.


View of the Mallerstag Valley from the start of the sheep track
Following the well defined track to GR: SD 77721 99797 the path turns left and climbs to GR: NY 76547 00021 reaching a stone wall where the path take a turns sharp left leading to The Nab to GR: SD7636999175.


View of the path to The Nab
From The Nab take the right-hand of these two grassy paths towards the trig point at the summit of Wild Boar Fell. In good visibility the stone shelter surrounding the trig point is visible on the horizon at GR: SD7579598829.

From the trig point retrace your steps to The Nab turning right along the ridge to GR: SD 76146 98446 where you'll come across the iconic six cairns of Wild Boar Fell, which can be visible from the car park where the walk started.





Leaving the cairns follow the contour of 'The Band' across open moorland picking up a sheep track at GR: SD7538998266. At this point you pick up a wire fence, follow the fence along the ridge, keeping it on your left.


View of The Howgill Fells from The Band
Keep the fence on your left as you drop down to a col where it meets a dry-stone wall. Just before the wall you can cross the fence by a very rickety stile. Climb up onto Swarth Fell on the other side, taking the track that climbs diagonally right up the slope.


View of Swarth Fell.
Reaching the cairn of Swarth Fell at SD7539596814 continue along Swarth Fell on an easily followed grassy track to GR: SD7589896136. 

Drop down off Swarth Fell into the dip Swarth Fell Pike. Do not go up Swarth Fell Pike but turn left into the gulley that runs away from the col. There is no path from now on, you have to make your own way across open fell, but the terrain is reasonably easy, but boggy.


Swarth Fell Cairn

The initial descent is quite steep so please take care, however please ensure you consult your OS map for a route down to the main road ensuring you know exactly where you are. Unpon reaching the road turn right back to the parking area and the start of the walk.


View of Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough from Swarth Fell
For a walk of the Mallerstag taking in Hugh Seat (689m), Gregory Chapel (695m) & High Seat (695m) try out my Mallerstag Circular. For a full days walk both Wild Boar Fell and the Mallerstag Circular can be combined into one walk dropping off the Mallerstag at High Seat and linking up with this route using the public footpath at GR: NY 78217 01391.






As always, if anyone has an interesting walk/route/trail they feel would be of interest I'd be happy to include it on this Blog (please post to thewalkingcaveman@ymail.com) - full accreditation will be given to the author and website if applicable.


Please also remember to follow me on Twitter, 'like' me on my Facebook page or Google +