GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cautley Spout

2 miles (4 km)

Cautley Spout isEngland's highest (cascade)waterfallabove ground. It's located near Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This walk starts at the Cross Keys public house and follows a footpath running alongside the waterfall from Low Haygarth to the top of the spout. It is a steep climb but the footpath is essentially a series of steps so it is quite an easy path to the follow. This is likely to be a very peaceful walk as the area does not attract too many visitors. Ideal if you are looking for some solitudein beautiful surroundings. You could continue your walk by climbing further over the beautiful Howgill Fellswhere there are magnificent views of the Lake District.
Just to the west you will find the highest point of the Howgills at The Calf. You can extend your walk by heading to this great viewpoint and then following the Dales High Way to Sedbergh. If you also use the Pennine Journey long distance trail you can turn it into a longer circular walk.

Postcode

LA10 5NE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cautley Spout OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cautley Spout Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The walk starts from the Cross Keys pub where parking is available. The 400 year old National Trust Temperance Innis a fine place to relax after your walk. There's good food and a nice garden area if the weather is fine. There's also a coffee shop and book store to browse.

Dog Walking

The walk is a nice one to do with your dog but it's best to keep them on leads because of the sheep roaming around the fells. The Cross Keys pub mentioned above is also dog friendly outside.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west of the falls and you can pick up the waymarked Dales Way and enjoy a riverside walk along the River Lune.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howgills Walks, Yorkshire Dales Walks and Cumbria Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Cautley Spout - geograph.org.uk - 726320

Approaching the waterfall from the River Rawthey

Cautley Spout - geograph.org.uk - 243601

The upper section of the waterfall. The line of the stream turns by 90 degrees below this point and continues to cascade.

Cautley Spout - geograph.org.uk - 243597

The lower section of the waterfall is clearly visible on the steep hillside. The trickle in the foreground is not the Beck but just some small stream fed by a source on Yarlside, the hill to the north.

Red Gill Beck, above Cautley Spout - geograph.org.uk - 88602

The rushing waters of the Red Gill Beck, above Cautley Spout. The water feeds to the impressive waterfall.

Cross Keys, Cautley - geograph.org.uk - 1583470

Cross Keys, Cautley. This is a real rarity, being a temperance inn, under National Trust auspices. It nevertheless provides a warm welcome and home-cooked food. A good starting or finishing point for a visit to Cautley Spout waterfall.

Cautley Holme Beck footbridge - geograph.org.uk - 1620782

Cautley Holme Beck footbridge. The beck runs down from Cautley Spout. Here, just before it joins the River Rawthey, a footbridge carries the path across. In the photo some students have been sampling the beck for freshwater invertebrates.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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