OS Grid ref: NY 24907 32309
Lat/Long: 54.680220, -03.166168
I had an unpleasant drive north along the M6 due to dark and
rain. The rain continued heavy all day at home but fortunately
when I reached Cumbria the worst of the rain was over. I drove
past last week's parking spot and continued along the narrow
lane to Peter House Farm where there is a parking area by the
road. There was nobody there when I arrived. I set off east
along the track towards Whitewater Dash.
Heading up to Whitewater Dash.
IIt was partly overcast but pleasant walking conditions. It is
and easy walk for the first couple of miles and then the steeper
and rougher track has to be negotiated to reach the gate above
Whitewater Dash Waterfall. Recent rain meant the falls were
running impressively. Through the gate I soon left the vehicle
track to follow a faint path heading NE by Dry Gill and a post
and wire fence. The path was deeply eroded, very slippery in the
wet and difficult to negotiate. Fortunately the wire fence was
directly adjacent so I could use it from time to time to pull
When the gradient eased I was on good ground for a while and
climbing up the deep gill but still having nice views. Higher up
on Little Calva the ground became horribly wet and I needed wide
detours to continue. I followed a fence for a while and then to
the Little Calva cairn. Another boggy area took me to a fence
and gate on the NE ridge of Great Calva. I descended to the
north and the saddle before the climb up to Knott. My way was to
the left and a good path descending into the deepening gorge of
I reached a stone sheepfold that I’ve visited before and
continued down to the wide flat valley bottom. The main ford was
too deep but I managed to hop over a bit downstream where it
narrowed. Further on I left the main path to head right through
another wet area and down through a gate to Thorny Crag which is
a glamping bothy available for hire.
Thorny Crag through the window.
All the doors were locked as I’d expect. There was no vehicle
access so only for the enthusiast. I followed the farmtrack
across the field and down the field to Cow Wath. The weather had
been good but a sudden downpour meant I had to put my waterproof
leggings on. Fortunately the rain soon stopped. Through a gate I
came to a United Utilities building which seemed part of a water
intake from Hause Gill.
Fox in the field.
There was a ‘private’ sign on the gate. I went through another
gate to follow a better track NW which passes Brocklecrag which
was a substantial building below the track. I couldn't see much
of it as I passed. I continued below orthwaite Bank to join the
road where I turned left to walk along the narrow lane back to
my car near Peter House Farm.
Heading back along the lane.