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Distance: 10.7 miles / 17.2km, Time: 6-7 hours, Map: OS Explorer OL19

The highest point is The Calf, at 676 metres, which is comfortably reached by making the well-graded ascent from Sedbergh, first traversing the flank of Winder at 473 metres and then up over the broad shoulder of Arant Haw at 605 metres (known locally as Higher Winder). This is where the main climb finishes and the ridge top walking begins, leading over the great flat-topped expanse of Calders at 674 metres and Bram Rigg at 672 Metres. The trig point on The Calf marks the highest spot and gives panoramic views looking out towards Morecambe Bay to the west and the Pennines to the north.

Most people on reaching The Calf return the way they came, however, by doing so they miss a real treat in the form of the highest above ground cascade waterfall in England, Cautley Spout, at 198 metres, a definite highlight!

Note that from The Calf the paths are less defined and as a result extreme caution is needed in poor weather when it is advisable to retrace your steps to Sedbergh rather than having a serious accident on Cautley Crag.


From the centre of Sedbergh follow Howgill Lane for 1km to a turning on the right sign permissive path. Turn onto it and follow the lane through Lockbank Farm to a gate that opens onto open fell. Turn left briefly then fork right onto a bridleway which doubles back to twist and turn across the southern flank of Winder.  Follow this bridleway onto the broad ridge on the north east flank of Winder.

At the crest of the ridge turn right on to the main bridleway and follow it north east over the shoulder of Arant Haw. Alternatively a diversion can be made to Arant Haw summit by turning left at a marker post shortly after joining the ridge and climbing direct to the top. Leave the summit in a northeasterly direction to rejoin the bridleway.

Drop down to the col beyond Arant Haw to pass Rowantree Gains sheep fold (created by artist Andy Goldsworthy) and then ascend via a steep stoney track onto the flat summit of Calders. The bridleway then turns north, north west and should be followed across the rise to Bram Rigg Top and then on to the trig point located on the summit of The Calf. Once you’ve taken in the stunning views you begin to descend.

To continue head northeast from the trig point, first along the rounded summit ridge then down the steepening slopes to the shoulder at Hare Shaw. Continue descending north east over Hare Shaw down the slopes to Bowderdale Head. Turn right and follow the steep path south east alongside Cautley Holme Beck into the valley below.

As you lose height Cautley Spout comes into view to your right. Once safely down in the valley follow the path to a junction with a bridleway. The valley itself is a place of historical significance, formerly the site of an Iron Age settlement, the remains of which can be seen from the path.

Once at the foot of the valley ignore the path to the Cross Keys Temperance Inn, and instead turn right onto the well-defined bridleway and follow it south as it crosses Cautley Holme Beck. Then follow the bridleway as it winds its way along the valley to Rooker Bank following the River Rawthey until it joins a track at Fawcett Bank Farm. After which continue to follow the farm track passing through several gates until it joins Buckbank Lane, at Thursgill and Ellerthwaite. Continue to follow this minor road down to the main A683 for around 1.2km. Turn right on to the main A683 and then simply follow it for approximately 1.6km back into Sedbergh.


This route description is only to give you information and ideas and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please satisfy yourself that the route is suitable for everyone in your group. Remember that fells can be cold, windy and misty so carry a proper paper map, clothing and refreshments. Check the weather forecast and make sure someone knows where you are going, and when you expect to be back. Click here for more information about mountain safety.