Simon Ross Valentine: religion, philosophy and Islamic Studies

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When I’m working hard, and I’m tired, I fix my mind on something other than the hurly-burly of everyday life and think of one of the many beautifull areas I’ve walked in down through the years. My walking has taken me to many exciting areas of the world such as the Karokoram mountains of Pakistan, Kashmir; the Low Atlas mountains of Morocco and the mountains of Yosemite National Park, USA. However, although they may not have the grandeur or majesty of such lofty peaks one of my favourite places will always be the Howgill Fells in Cumbria. Lying just east of the M6 motorway, and with the quaint old town of Sedbergh nestling on its southern flank, the Howgills present the walker with a veritable slice of heaven on earth.


 Stretching for about seven miles from Sedbergh in the South to Tebay and Ravenstonedale in the north the Howgills, a range of velvet hills rising little more than 2,220 feet, provide a veritable oasis for the weary soul. The photograph above shows the stream in Middle Grain from the whaleback of Bowderdale Ridge. The Calf, the highest summit of the Howgills at about 2,200 feet can be seen in the distance. I’ve often taken the route from the car park on Joss Lane at Sedbergh, up over Winder, then follow the path across Arant Haw, Calders Rigg, Bram Rigg Top to The Calf where, on a clear day, the peaks of the Lake District can be seen in the west. Having rested for a few minutes at the Calf I’ve taken the path down into Bowderdale and followed the stream for about two and a half miles before returning to The Calf by climbing Bowderdale Ridge. All told this route is about 13 miles of good, steady walking. If you’re lucky wild ponies can often be seen in the vallies.



The photograph above shows the top of Cautley Spout. this can be seen by taking a detour from Bram Rigg Top en route to The Calf or by walking from the Cross keys Temperance Inn on the Sedbergh-Kirkby Stephens Road. This walk takes in grand views of Cautley Crag and the impressive waterfall of Cautley Spout.

Most people seem to go west to enjoy the heights of the Lakeland Peaks leaving the Howgills as one of the few upland areas of england where you can walk all day and not meet another soul. 

—-     Of course if you don’t fancy the Howgills and want something more demanding there’s always the Cuillin and Skye, but of course that’s another story!







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  • omar: Hi simon, do you have an email address I can contact you on? Wanted to speak to you about one of the books you have written...many thanks
  • archegos1: It was a pleasure meeting you and your family as well Taha. I'm presently back in the UK applying for iqaama and will contact you soon.