3.7 of 5 (6 votes)

Cautley Spout and Arant Haw

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria, England, about 13.80km (8.57 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 489m (1604ft)
Descent 475m (1558ft)
Max. Elevation 670m (2198ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 964m (3162ft)
Start & End
Distance 13.80km
Duration ~5:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 22 May 2009
The Howgills are a blissfully quiet group of fells, tucked in between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Even a walk to Cautley Spout - a dramatic multi storey waterfall - attracts few visitors, meaning you can enjoy beautiful scenery in equally beautiful solitude. This walk starts and finishes in the attractive market town of Sedburgh, famous for its many book shops. The town is easily accessible from many nearby towns - and by the Dalesbus www.dalesbus.org

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Many local buses stop in the centre of bustling Sedburgh. Take the road heading east towards Kirkby Stephen and pick up the footpath that runs parallel to the north of the road.
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The footpath that runs to the north of the River Rawthey is no dull walk in. The route passes ancient farm buildings, small woodland copses and offers great views up to the grassy slopes of the Howgills.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
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Near Cross Haw, the footpath becomes a bridleway. Continue skirting around the foot of the Howgill fells through this pleasant valley.
About 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
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OK, the gentle introduction is now over; it's a heady climb from here up into the Howgills. But the effort is rewarded with awesome views of the Cautley Spout waterfall, which crashes down the steep hillside.
About 3.16 km (~1.96 miles) from
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At the top of the waterfall is a newly laid path leading over Cautley Crag. This is the most dramatic section of the walk, as the path hugs the ridge line, with dramatic views over the crag. An easier option is to follow Red Gill Beck - both lead on to Great Dummacks.
About 1.61 km (~1 miles) from
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This blink-and-you'll-miss-it high point is really just the start of the Rowantree Grains saddle, which leads on to Arant Haw.
About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
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The final point on the top before the easy descent back into Sedburgh.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
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The bridleway from Arant Haw leads right into Sedburgh, where there are plenty of welcoming cafes, pubs and bookshops to enjoy before catching the bus home.
About 2.37 km (~1.47 miles) from

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