Great Shunner Fell

(716m / 2,349ft)

Yorkshire Dales



Great Shunner Fell & Lovely Seat


Near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park

Sunday 2nd January 2022


Kick the new year off in style with a winter walk up Great Shunner Fell! The third highest summit in the Lake District National Park!

Great Shunner Fell lies at the head of the famous Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a magnificent hill which gives commanding views down the dale and around the whole area on a clear day. There is a good path up to the summit which gently climbs up 476m (1, 562ft) over 7.5km (4.65 miles) to the summit from Hardraw near Hawes. From here we have the option to head off piste down to Buttertubs pass and up the neighbouring summit of Lovely Seat (675m) which gives even more impressive views down to the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks despite its slightly shorter stature. This has become one of my favourite circuits in the Dales. It's generally quiet and gives incredible views across the Dales and up to the northern Pennines on a good day

Meeting Point:

10:00 near the Green Dragon pub in Hardraw. 

To view the start point on Google Maps, please click here. This will open in a separate tab.


Difficulty: The walk up and down Great Shunner Fell is 14km / 8.7 miles in total with an ascent of 476m / 1,562ft. There is a very good track that we will follow. It is a mountain track so good sturdy walking boots will be essential as well as very warm clothing. The kit list is here. Normal non-winter skills kit will be fine. Just bring extra warm layers! If we continue overland (and the weather and ground conditions will dictate) the total route will be 13.5km (8.39 miles) and 625m (2,051ft) ascent as we will leave a vehicle at Buttertubs. 

Cost: The day costs only £29 per person (with discounts for bulk booking). Under 18s and dogs are welcome so long as they are accompanied by their parent/guardian. 

Numbers: I can take a maximum of 12 (excluding dogs!) and a minimum of 2.


Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?

The walk will be suitable for anyone with some basic walking fitness. It's a social day out. It isn't an army march. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.

What do I need to bring?

You will need basic walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena! You can see the recommended kit list here This is just a day walk and winter mountaineering equipment isn't likely to be need. If there is snow at the top it may just add to the enjoyment!

I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?

This is up to you depending on your budget. It may be difficult given it's over New Year (and expensive). But there is accommodation in Hawes and surrounding villages.

What's not included?

Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport

How much is the trip and how do I book?

The trip costs £29 per person with discounts for bulk booking. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.

What are the Terms & Conditions?

Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.

I've got some more general questions...

Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!

How do I get there?

The only way to get there will be by car/taxi. Car sharing can be arranged according to covid restrictions (masks, windows open!)



If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Or simply click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
  • Great Shunner Fell
    Great Shunner Fell
    02 Jan 2022, 10:00 – 17:00
    Hardraw, Hardraw, Hawes DL8 3LZ, UK

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