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This is a great short linear walk with wonderful all-round views from the top.

The Nab in particular is a great vantage point and an impressive view on the ascent from the north.

We stayed at the very good Tranna Hill B&B in Newbiggin-on-Lune

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Thrang Bridge Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Our route started from a parking spot near the Thrang in Mallerstang Dale, you go over the little stone Thrang Bridge to Deepgill and turn south to Lock Hill.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England  Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

You go under the Settle-Carlisle railway line to go up Turner Hay Hill en route to Wild Boar Fell.

 

Winding the way up Turner Hay Hill. Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Winding the way up Turner Hay Hill to a ruined farm and ford.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

You then follow the path west with distant views of the Nab of Wild Boar Fell to the south-west.

 

A fine profile of the rocky Nab  Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

A fine profile of the rocky Nab on Wild Boar Fell.

 

cairn and prehistoric tumulus on the summit of the Nab Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

The cairn and prehistoric tumulus on the summit of the Nab on Wild Boar Fell.

 

Looking back down from the Nab along White Walls to High Dolphinsty Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Looking back down from the Nab on Wild Boar Fell along White Walls to High Dolphinsty.

 

triangular stone shelter on top of High White Scar Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

The triangular stone shelter on top of High White Scar of Wild Boar Fell.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

views of the cairns on the edge of High White Scar Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Several views of the cairns on the edge of High White Scar, Wild Boar Fell.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Looking south from High White Scar, Wild Boar Fell.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

There seems to be about a dozen cairns on High White Scar.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

 

shelter and trig point at the summit Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England  Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

The shelter and trig point at the summit of Wild Boar Fell.

Views from the summit Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Views from the summit of Wild Boar Fell.

 

View down to Aisgill Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

View down to Aisgill on our descent from Wild Boar Fell.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

More views of the Nab on Wild Boar Fell.

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

Ruined farm building on Turner Hay Hill above Aisgill Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Ruined farm building on Turner Hay Hill above Aisgill.

 

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Back under the Settle-Carlisle railway line below Turner Hay Hill

The farm west of Little Ing Farm Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

The farm west of Little Ing Farm.

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Heading along through meadow fields to Deepgill.

Heading along through meadow fields to Deepgill Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

 

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Deepgill and then back down the track to Thrang Bridge, where an old limekiln is seen.

 

High Band and Low Band limestone scars Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

In the distance the High Band and Low Band limestone scars.

 

 Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England Limekiln by Thrang Bridge Climbing up Wild Boar Fell, walk from Mallerstang Dale, Cumbria, England

Thrang Bridge and the old limekiln


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Notes from Wikipedia

Wild Boar Fell is a mountain (or more accurately a fell) in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in the civil parish of Mallerstang on the eastern edge of Cumbria, England. At 2,323 feet (708 m), it is either the 4th-highest fell in the Yorkshire Dales or the 5th, depending on whether nearby High Seat (2,326 ft) is counted or not.

The nearest high point is Swarth Fell which is a ridge about a mile (1˝ km) long to the south, at grid reference SD754965. To the east, on the opposite side of the narrow dale, are High Seat and Hugh Seat.

According to Wainwright the fell gets its name from the wild boar which inhabited the area over 500 years ago. But it would be unusual in an area of Viking settlement, for its old Norse name to have disappeared, when the names of many of its features, such as the Nab, Dolphinsty, etc., retain their Norse origin. Wild Boar fell was named in a late-17th century boundary description as both Wilbright and Wilbert fell and it must be doubtful that Wild Boar is the original name. We should instead look to the Old Norse tongue for an original name.

In earlier times, probably up to the mid 19th century, the Millstone Grit, or gritstone, which forms the flat top of the fell, was used for making millstones. Some partly formed millstones can be seen on the eastern flank of the fell — and also on the corresponding western flank of Mallerstang Edge on the opposite side of the dale. Sand (composed of Millstone Grit) from the beach of Sand Tarn was used by local people to sharpen knives and scythes; they made ‘strickles’ by sticking the sand to wooden blocks with tar.

A tusk, claimed to be of ‘the last wild boar caught on the fell’, is kept in Kirkby Stephen parish church.

During the Second World War Wild Boar Fell was used by the British Army at Warcop Training Area for training tank crews to operate in difficult terrain.

Wild Boar Fell is a dramatic sight and a landmark for many miles around. Approached from the north it gives the misleading impression that it is a peak (see photo, above left). But from the south of the dale at Aisgill its true profile is seen, not dissimilar to Ingleborough, with steep sides and a flat top (consisting of a cap of millstone grit).

The classic route for walking up Wild Boar is via the bridleway from Hazelgill Farm, ascending west to High Dophinsty before following Scriddles ridge top to Blackbed Scar. Once there you are on Wild Boar Fell’s table top plateau, a rather boggy expanse. The summit is marked by a trig point and Sand Tarn is about 330 yards (300 m) to the west, just below the summit.

The views from the top make a spectacular panorama. The Howgills, Pennines, the Lake District fells, the Yorkshire Three Peaks can all be seen and, on a clear day, there is even a glimpse of the sea at Morecambe Bay.

A common feature of many Pennine dales and Lake District fells are the groups of cairns on the high ground. There is a fine cluster of ‘stone men’ on The Nab of Wild Boar Fell — and a smaller group on subsidiary peak, Little Fell (1,834 ft (559 m) at grid reference NY766008, 1+1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) to the north. There seems little agreement on when, why, or by which people such cairns were built. (One common suggestion, that they were built by shepherds as markers for paths, may explain some of the cruder ‘piles of stones’; but groups like those on The Nab surely need a more convincing explanation.)  


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