Cautley Spout and The Calf

Walk 12 - A classic walk taking in the impressive Cautley Spout waterfall and an ascent of The Calf [676m] 10 miles - 5 hours by bus or car starting from Sedbergh. Back to Dentdale

  • Cautley Spout and and the beck above

Starting from Sedbergh library walk along the main street and the the main road for a short while in an easterly direction. Turn right after Settlebeck High School. There is a footpath that follows the road on the right. At New Bridge turn left and follow left hand river bank of the River Rawthey to reach Straight Bridge. Crossing the main road take the path directly on the other side. This veers away from the river to reach the farm at Buckbank. Pass though the farmyard and turn right along a minor road to reach Thursgill farm. This then becomes a track all the way to Fawcett Bank crossing Hobdale Beck in a small ravine enroute. Pass to the right of the house and through a gate. The path is now easily followed clinging to the foot of the hillside for some 2 miles through several gates and stiles until reaching Cautley Holme Beck. An impressive vista now opens up with the first view of Cautley Spout. Bear right through a gate and then on to a foot bridge crossing the beck. Bearing left follow the well used footpath towards Cautley Spout and to the right of the beck.

  • The route to Cautley and the first view of the waterfall

The path then begins to climb very steeply. There is a sign urging walkers to take zig zags and height is quickly attained. At the top of the falls - a series of cascades dropping some 600ft. At the top, the path then turn slightly and follows the stream in an elevated valley. Part of the way up is a rebuilt sheepfold with a newly created obelisk at one corner. The stream eventually disappears and the path makes the final ascent to a saddle on ridge meeting the well used high-level track along the Howgills. Turn right for 1/4 mile to reach the trig point at The Calf [676m].

  • The Calf and the view north

On leaving The Calf retrace steps and follow the path downhill and then uphill again to reach Calders [674m]. The path then proceeds steeply downhill with a zig-zag and then uphill to Arant Haw [605m]. A decision can be made whether to take in the summit or carry straight on along the by-pass route. With Winder in the distance look for a feint path on the left leading down Settlebeck Gill. The path follows the right of the gill all the way down to the fell boundary. Take care on the stony descent. Pass through a metal gate and follow a foot path down to a farm looking out for Castlehaw, a mott and bailey fort just behind. Bear right through the farm gate and on to a road through the houses at the back of Sedbergh to emerge at Joss Lane car park. Turn right at the main street and back to the library and the bus back to Dent Station.

  • Calders and the walk down Settlebeck Gill

For current timetables see Western Dales Bus

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should always consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.

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This page was last updated on 14-Jan-2018


©John Carey 2011