Sedbergh and Cautley Spout

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Cautley Spout and Cautley Crag are among the highlights of the Howgills and are on every walker's hit list. Although a lack of continuous paths on the east of the River Rawthey makes it necessary to retrace the outward route, this is nevertheless an excellent way of getting to these viewpoints, a route which not too many walkers have found for themselves. Most of the route is a bridleway which means that gates will be found rather than stiles, and these are in good condition, making it a little less strenuous.

England - North England - Cumbria - Yorkshire Dales


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall
7/20/2021 - Simon Worrall

Walked July 2021 in good weather. A super walk up Cautley Spout with no navigation issues. The walk tracks NE out of Sedbergh along the lower levels of the valley above the River Rawthey until WP 13 when you cut NW towards the Spout. WP13, on the bank of the river, is a good point to take a break before the ascent up to WP17. NOTE - the narrow, uneven rocky steps that take you up the side of the waterfall to WP17 are very steep and not for the faint hearted. This section of the walk is strenuous but well worth it when you reach the top and can dip your feet in the beck at the head of the falls. (Rather than return on the same outbound route we continued on the clear path from WP17 alongside Red Gill Beck until the confluence with Force Gill Beck where you bear right heading W, with The Calf in sight ahead, alongside Force Gill Beck until reaching the wide stone dressed bridleway (great views from here) between The Calf and lower slopes of Bram Rigg Top picking up the southward section (between WP14 and 15) of walk no. 1388 taking you back into Sedbergh. This circuit was just short of 11 miles.)

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