Ascent of The Calf on 2019-11-10

Climber: Craig Burkhart

Date:Sunday, November 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Calf
    Elevation:2218 ft / 676 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the car park near the tourist information center. Cost was £5.00, but the number of hours you get rolls over to the next day, meaning I had a nice buffer for leaving the car overnight as well.

Originally had planned to drive to Sedbergh, do the shorter hike, stay the night, and then do this longer hike because I could start early and finally drive back. However the nice weather on Sunday and bad weather in the forecast for Monday required the days to be swapped. Thus I didn't get started until around 10 in the morning.

Leaving the road and the first farm there were a lot of trails that go vaguely in the same direction. After taking the turn off to the north west to climb Winder there was only the one path to follow. Peak listing on this website is a little off from the trig pillar and monument that seem to mark the summit at N 54° 20.029', W 2° 32.023'. Photosphere at Winder:

Accidentally climbed Arant Haw by taking the wrong path, but a very nice peak with good views. Noticeable but not difficult climb. Large hiking group at the top when I got there.

From there another minor climb to Calders, one of the three main goals for the day. Photosphere at Calders:

I didn't notice much of a climb on the way to The Calf. Photosphere at The Calf:

The next piece was added on to the hike at the last minute. Mild descents and climbs to Bush Howe. From there it was a steep and slippery decent into a saddle with stunning views of a river running through the valley and a step climb up to the ridge of Fell Head. Fell Head had the best views of any of the peaks in my opinion. There were great views to both the east and west, but to see the views to the east properly you need to head a bit in that direction from the summit. Photosphere at Fell Head:

The return path took me back to The Calf before heading on in the direction of Cautley Spout. Here the goal was to bushwhack down the hill to the right of way shown on the OS map that ends at Cautley Spout, as described in the guide book. Steep descent. Ended up with a weird jag in the GPS because I was trying to aim for the north of where the rivers meet, as that is where the right of way path is marked as ending, but the stone steps directly to the north of Gill Beck where more easily spotted. No trouble crossing Swere Gill either time. It looks like it might have made more sense to backtrack a bit from the The Calf to try to follow that path all the way.

Lot of slippery stone steps making the final descent. Got a good look at the terrain on Yarlside which was very helpful for the next day's hike. Took the A Pennine Journey trail all the way back to Sedbergh. Had encountered no mud at the top, but this section was quite muddy in places. Started getting dark enough to need a head lamp after crossing the A683 in the last short section. Made it back to the car park right around 5 in the evening.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: The Calf

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Winder2019-11-10 a 
2Arant Haw2019-11-10 b 
3Calders2019-11-10 c 
4The Calf2019-11-10 d 
5Bush Howe2019-11-10 e 
6Fell Head2019-11-10 f 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Craig Burkhart
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