So today we did our leisurely Sunday morning thing and arrived to park near the Cross Keys Temperance Inn on the A683 at about 10.45. Once kitted up, we crossed the footbridge over the River Rawthey following the well worn path up to the waterfall. I loved the colours, rusty brown and the purple grey.
As we reached the base, we met a couple stood admiring this section of the falls. Being Mothers Day, a fell runner had brought his mum to see Cautley Spout before taking her out for dinner. They weren't going up any further, but he told us of a different route down from The Calf. The last time we'd gone up, we came down on our bottoms, so we thought it might be an idea to follow his suggestion.
It's difficult to see all of the falls in one go, here's a look down.
And this is about the longest stretch you can see in one go from the side. It's the top section, I think it's about 250ft - and quite stunning.
Eventually we reached the super highway path from Calders to The Calf, and once again there were loads of other walkers about. In only a few minutes, we reached the trig point of The Calf, (676m or 2218ft). From here you can see Morecombe Bay and right across the Lake District.
As we were walking down a couple of runners were coming up and it was their footprints that showed us the way down, otherwise we'd have been scuppered! We could have used Gizmo, or even a compass to work out where the path was, but fell runners are so much better. Thanks guys, whoever you were. (In all honesty, I am in awe at how fit these people are.)
Apparently the Howgills are older than both the Lakes or the Dales, and the reason they are so curvy is because they are made of a particularly hard gritstone that wears away evenly, but the valleys are glacial, which is why the sides are so steep. That explains it all then dunnit! This is Bowderdale.
And what about a map? Well......
We'd planned to do the same walk as last time. But our map of the route we did last time was wrong, because we'd gone the wrong way, so we had to remember where we'd gone wrong, so we could do it again. And then today we went a different way again, so that we didn't go the way we went last time at all, and our route map showing the new wrong way was wrong again.
But never mind, we found our way home in the end. Click on this link here to read about our last visit to Cautley Spout