Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Howgill Fells, Cautley Spout and The Calf

Sedbergh, Cautley Spout, The Calf (676 m) and Calders.

What a walk! The first half of the walk through the Rawthey Valley to the Cross Keys at Cautley was beautiful. Old tracks, wooded slopes, farmyards and a sweeping valley. Then the excitement began. A steep climb up along a pitched-stone path beside the tumbling waters of Cautley Spout brought us to Red Gill Beck - this climb took us up 150 m in the space of 300 m !Then, a steady ascent via Force Gill to the summit of The Calf, in mist. Occassionally the mist cleared to leave pockets of clear sky with the green valleys over 2,000-ft far below. One of the best walks I've done.

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