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THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST WALKS WE HAVE EVER DONE in the Yorkshire Dales National Park of North Yorkshire/East Cumbria AND IT IS QUITE SUPERB, full of varied-dramatic-scenic grandeur.

This is a 9-10 mile walk, allow 6 hours and I hope these pictures at least partially justify the above statement and illustrate the route described in (1) David Leather - Collins Rambler's Guides - "Yorkshire Dales" Walk 21 "Cautley Spout and the Calf". See also (2) "Walk 1 The Calf", "Walk 22 Yarlside", "Walk 23 Cautley Crag and Spout" and "Walk 24 Cautley Spout & Upper Rawthey" in Paul Hannon's "Walking Country - Howgill Fells", (3) Section 3 "The Howgill Fells" in Terry Marsh "The Pennine Mountains - ...the Howgill Fells ... " and (4) there is also an excellent cheap one sheet guide to the "Sedbergh Howgills" by Arthur Gemmell in the Stile Maps series. There is enough information on these two pages to plan the route by using the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley

You leave the information centre in Sedbergh (see page 25) north-west to Underbank, looking east near Sedbergh is Baugh Fell ...

 

...  and west, on your left, are the lovely Howgill Fells, over which you will return!, but much before that, including some fine old buildings like Stone Hall and Hollin Hill farmhouse.

 

Stone Hall has Westmorland style chimneys, an unusual three-storied porch and dates from around 1595.

 

The fine old building of Hollin Hill Farm

The fine old building of Hollin Hill Farm has E B 1712 over porch and it looks well after nearly 300 hundred years! (EB stands for Edmund Bland, the 1st owner)

 

.After Hollin Hill you go through Ellerthwaite, Thursgill  Fawcett Bank

After Hollin Hill you go through Ellerthwaite, Thursgill and onto Fawcett Bank (above).

 

After Fawcett Bank you basically north to Cautley Beck with excellent views on either side of the path.

 

All the way the views are lovely of rolling hills and fields and green tracks to walk on ...

... and eventually Yarlside (picture centre) comes into view before reaching Cautley Beck.

 

The great mass and slopes of Yarlside.

 

Across on the right is the white back of the Cross Keys Temperance Inn  cross Cautley Holme Beck and turn left-west and head up to Cautley Spout

Across on the right is the white back of the Cross Keys Temperance Inn, but no time for tea!, as we cross Cautley Holme Beck and turn left-west and head up to Cautley Spout (centre-above right picture) ...

The ex temperance house - The Cross Keys, Yorkshire Dales National Park, East Cumbria, Northern England

The Howgill Fells, looking up to Cautley Spout and Yarlside (right) from the back of The Cross Keys, Yorkshire Dales National Park, East Cumbria, Northern England

Looking across to the back of Cross Keys and Baugh Fell from below the Howgills, Yorkshire Dales National Park, East Cumbria, Northern England

The Cross Keys Temperance Inn, Yorkshire Dales National Park, East Cumbria, Northern England near Cautley, Sedbergh, is an ex temperance house dated 1732 but whose origins lie in the 16th century. It offers refreshments in its cafe and also bed and breakfast accommodation. It is situated on the A683 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen road in the beautiful hilly country of Yorkshire Dales national Park, Cumbria, England. It lies between the Howgill Fells (and the Cautley Spout Waterfall and Yarlside) and the lower limestone slopes of West Baugh Fell.

 

 

... Cautley Spout waterfalls ahead with grand views back down to the white speck of Cross Keys and Cautley Beck.

 

 Its a steep climb up to the right of the waterfalls of Cautley Spout ...  but most of the way up is 'paved' with blocks of stone

Its a steep climb up to the right of the waterfalls of Cautley Spout ... but most of the way up is 'paved' with blocks of stone, but there are great views back down the valley and across to Yarlside when you reach the top of the waterfalls!

 

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Above Cautley Spout you can look across to the magnificent Yarlside (639 m high) and down the valley to Cross Keys (a tiny white spot on the middle-far right of picture above!).

 

Above the Cautley waterfalls you follow the stream up a low valley and head for the Calf ...

Above the Cautley waterfalls you follow the stream up a low valley and head for the Calf ...

 

... eventually reaching a broad 'shoulder' and you turn up right to the Calf summit at 676m.  The track on the right leads up to the Calf with its magnificent 360o views, sadly not best appreciated by my camera work.

... eventually reaching a broad 'shoulder' at Bram Rigg Top  (672m, 2200 ft) and you turn up right to the Calf summit at 676m (2220 ft). The track on the right leads up to the Calf with its magnificent 360o views, sadly not best appreciated by my camera work.

 

Calf summit - north view from the old trig point.

 

Calf summit - east view to Baugh Fell and Wild Boar Fell.

 

Calf summit - south view towards Calders, Arant Haw and Winder of the Howgill Fells with Sedbergh out of sight. The return spectacular route to Sedbergh goes over the three nearest 'summits'.

 

Calf summit - west view towards the flat coastal plain of north Lancashire and south Cumbria and Morecambe Bay glistening in the distance.

 

You then head south over several of the Howgill summits with few people and only a few sheep and cairns for company. 

Leaving the sheep and old trig point on the calf and heading off towards Calders.

 

View west between Calf summit and the cairn on Calders

 

 

You then head south over several of the Howgill summits with few people and only a few sheep and cairns for company. This the cairn on Calders (674m, 2200ft).

 

The views on the return leg are quite outstanding as you head over and down off Calders and on to Arant Haw (above right). Crook, Sickers Fell and Knott are to the left of Arant Haw.

 

After Calders (674m, 2200 ft) and Arant Haw (605m, 1993 ft), you look down on the left to where you had come along from Sedbergh ...

... and descending from Arant Haw, ahead is Winder (473m, 1551ft), but we bore left down into Sedbergh.

 

First glimpse of Sedbergh below the Howgills is seen by descending down to the left-east of Winder - a summit to be left for another walk.

 

Semi-wild horses on the Howgill Fells above Sedbergh.

 

Sedbergh fully in view  and just a few stiles and pleasant green and narrow paths to go

Sedbergh fully in view and just a few stiles and pleasant green and narrow paths to go, after which a short drive to the Sun Inn in Dent for our B&B. (more on Sedbergh)

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST WALKS WE HAVE EVER DONE in the Yorkshire Dales National Park of North Yorkshire/East Cumbria AND IT IS QUITE SUPERB, full of varied-dramatic-scenic grandeur.

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