The Howgill Fells are hills in Northern England between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, lying roughly in between the vertices of a triangle made by the towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Tebay. The name Howgill derives from the Old Norse word haugr meaning a hill or barrow, plus gil meaning a narrow valley.
The old man in the village had told me to look for the "triangle gate". When I asked what he meant, he shrugged, and said that if I was meant to find it, then I would. Standing in the lane, looking at the gateway, I paused for a moment. Did I really want to pass through? He had told me that there would be no turning back, once I had climbed over.