The Howgills and Limestone Trail  


HALT STAGE 4 - Cautley to Crook of Lune Bridge


Starting point: Cross Keys Inn (SD 698969)
Distance: 7.25 miles
Ascent: 2200'
Date: Wednesday 17th August 2011

All of the photographs on these Gallery pages were taken by Derek Cockell when he and his wife Alison helped to test walk the route after it was devised by David and Heather Pitt. The test walk took place during the summer and autumn of 2011 and spring and summer 2012. Please note that all photos in this gallery are copyright of Derek Cockell and are not to be used without express permission.

Route: From The Cross Keys Inn walk back up the valley retracing steps from the previous day to find a pitched path leading to the top of Cautley Spout waterfall. Head southwest alongside Red Gill Beck, passing a spectacular sheepfold constructed by Alan Goldsworthy. At a confluence of streams head half-right up Force Gill Beck to meet the ridge and the main path up to The Calf. At the ridge turn right up the path to the summit of The Calf. Head northwest along the ridge crossing Bush Howe to the summit cairn of Breaks Head. Here turn west along a ridge to Fell Head. The descent is southwest downhill towards Whins End before turning left and follow the footpath as it contours the head of the valley through Beck House to a minor road. A footpath is taken across fields to Riddings. Emerging from the farm on to a road, turn right and walk downhill to the Crook of Lune Bridge.


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The River Rawthey


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Cautley valley and Cautley Spout


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Close-up shot of Cautley Spout


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Cautley Spout close to


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Looking back into Cautley valley


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The upper falls


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Aerial river study (Cautley Holme Beck)


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Following Red Gill Beck to a sheepfold


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Sheepfold designed and constructed by Andy Goldsworthy


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The sheepfold within the Howgills landscape


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Lunch break


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Beattie needs a drink
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Ascend Force Gill Beck


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The ascent route up the beck


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Final ascent to The Calf, the highest point on the Howgills (2220')


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The Calf summit trig point


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Unnamed tarn on The Calf


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Deep in conversation ...


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... and the ladies head northwest along the ridge




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Beattie at Breaks Head


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Fell Head It's all downhill from here


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Looking back along the line of our route ...


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... and down to the M6 far below


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The Kent estuary


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Final descent


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Looking back to Fell Head It's an easy walk back to the car from here






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