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Howgills Walk
Cautley Spout from Cross Keys

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Howgill Fells

Region - Howgills

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.0 miles / 3.3 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 1 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Cautley Spout from Cross Keys
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This short walk offers an introduction to the Howgill Fells and provides a grandstand view of one of the area's outstanding natural features, the waterfall of Cautley Spout. The path is clear and easy to follow and there is no uphill walking. The path is generally well maintained although there may be a few wet patches to cross after heavy rain.

The start is the small parking area on the north side of the A683 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen road just east of the Cross Keys Inn. Parking is limited and on a fine day space may be at a premium. The Cross Keys is open most days for refreshments.

After parking descend and cross the River Rawthey on the substantial footbridge. Bear left and take the clear path that leads without any navigational difficulties towards the fells. On your immediate right are the slopes of Ben End which lead steeply up to the summit of Yarlside. Ahead is the bulk of Great Dummacks Fell with the rocky outcrop of Cautley Crag scarring the hillside. The path bears right and into a vast amphitheatre with the waterfall of Cautley Spout falling in dramatic fashion down a rocky scar. This is the highest cascade waterfall in England at over 650 feet in height. Obviously it is at its best after heavy rain.

You pass an information board that details Archaeologists' discoveries with houses and fields of an Iron Age farming community unearthed in the valley. It is likely the inhabitants lived by grazing sheep and cattle and growing a few crops in the tiny enclosures close to their simple stone and timber round houses.

Walking towards the base of the falls is worth the effort. There is a path that climbs immediately to the right of the falls. This provides a much closer view but is steep in places and can be slippery underfoot so care is needed.


Other walks nearby

Walk 3006 Cautley Spout & The Calf, from Cross Keys, Sedberghmoderate5.5 miles
Walk 1393 Yarlside from Cross Keysmoderate4.0 miles
Walk 1389 Fell End Clouds near Kirkby Stepheneasy3.0 miles
Walk 2438 Cautley Spout & the Calf from Sedberghmoderate10.0 miles
Walk 3008 Winder & Arant Haw from Sedberghmoderate7.0 miles

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Situated east of the Lake District, the Howgills lie mostly within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Howgills are one of the forgotten walking areas in England. The "hippo like" outlines of the fells are distinctive, most often seen by those tearing up the M6 motorway between Kendal and Penrith. Despite the lack of crags it is great walking country and you can wander for hours in the knowledge you are unlikely to meet more than a handful of other people. Poor parking (except in Sedbergh and a few other areas) helps to keep the number of people wandering the Howgills to a minimum. More Information

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Accommodation Nearby

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