The Calf & Cautley Spout: A hike in The Howgills

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Dec 16

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This hike is about 17km (10.5 miles) with ~850m of ascent. While there's nothing particularly technical on this walk, the section up Cautley Spout is very steep and quite tiring. As this is winter, the route may need adjusting if conditions dictate..

Join Outdoor Lads for a  Christmas mountain walk in The Howgill Fells. Being lesser known than the neighbouring Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, these fells are often quieter with a remote feel.

This is a walk of two halves, with the first section, starting in Sedbergh,  being on lower ground, following the Pennine Journey trail along the River Rawthey. However, the walk suddenly gains elevation as we walk up Cautley Spout and on to the top of the fells. We'll then follow the Dales High Way trail over the summits of The Calf (676m) and Calders (674m) before dropping back down to Sedbergh.

Points of interest on the route:

The Pennine Journey Trail: This long distance walking trail is a recreation of one of Wainwright's journeys. The section we'll follow takes us along the River Rawthey, giving us great views up to some of the Yorkshire Dales' Fells and also through some protected woodlands where red squirrels live. 

Cautley Spout: This spectacular waterfall is England's highest and becomes increasingly more impressive as we approach along Cautley Holme Beck, with the cliffs of Yarlside to the East and Cautley Craggs to the West. This is also the toughest part of the walk, with the trail up the side of the falls being unrelentingly steep. Though this steepness will give us plenty of excuses to pause and admire the falls.  

The Calf: The final ascent to the summit of The Calf is nice and gentle after the slog up the waterfall. Once on the summit we'll be greeted with one of England's most expansive views; being able to see the Lake District's peaks to the North West and Morcombe Bay to the South West. To the North East we'll see the Pennines highest peaks, with the hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the South East. We'll head south from here, enjoying great views of the rest of The Howgill Fells

Dogs are welcome, though will need to be on leads if we go through any fields with livestock. There are also several stiles they may need lifting over.

Once finished, we can go to the nearby pub.

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