Saturday, 1 July 2000

Bush Howe

Bush Howe presents a steep climb from Windscarth Wyke
Height: 623m (2,044ft)
Prominence: 15m (49ft)
Region: Yorkshire Dales
Classifications: Nuttall
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
The Howgill Fells - 31/05/2013
The summit of Bush Howe leads on towards The Calf
Like many of the Howgill Fells, Bush Howe presents itself as a steep sided, grassy hill had has enough prominence to be classed as a Nuttall. Of the 7 fells in the Howgills that are classed as Nuttalls, Bush Howe sneaks in at number six, just three metres higher than the smallest, Randygill Top.

It is said that a hill figure of a horse is carved into the side Bush Howe, rumoured to be a landmark used by smugglers landing in Morecambe Bay. It's unclear whether the so called 'Black Horse of Bush Howe' is a man-made hill figure or simply a coincidence of nature. Either way, you can see it here and decide for yourself.

From Fell Head, Bush Howe offers a punishing climb after Windscarth Wyke where there is little in the way of a rewarding view on completion. Satisfaction can be gained however, knowing that the route along the ridge is much less strentuous.

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