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Day 2: Ravenstonedale to Cautley
9.5 miles - 1,299ft of ascent

There are several factors that are common to places along the Howgills and Limestone Trail and the Pennine Journey – lead mining and knitting. Lead was mined in the area in the 1820/30’s by the ubiquitous London Lead Company and knitting was also a well established means of supplementing low incomes. Lord Brougham, at an election meeting at the Black Swan in 1826 is said to have quipped “This parish ought to be called Knitting Dale”.

The major part of this stage’s route is very straightforward once the trail, which skirts the Howgill Fells, has passed through the nurseries at Weasdale and arrives at Bowderdale Foot with its lovely old farmhouse. A delightful, long lonely walk up Bowderdale leads to the heart of the Howgills climbing very gradually to Bowderdale Head. On the approach the impressive cliffs of Cautley Crag suddenly come into view. On the descent down to Cautley more and more of the falls of Cautley Spout are revealed and soon the River Rawthey is crossed by the Cross Keys Inn, Cautley. This was a favourite place for sustenance for Alfred Wainwright whilst he was walking in the area prior to writing his Walks on the Howgill Fells. The book contains a sketch by him of the inn with a “Ham and Eggs” sign on the roadside verge prominent in the foreground – still there 40 years later.

The Lune Valley
The Lune Valley


Cross Keys Inn
Cross Keys Inn

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