A Caldbeck experience

  • Great views over the northern fells and Solway Firth
  • Mix of riverside, forestry and open farmland
  • Explore the interesting village of Caldbeck

The Cumbrian Way passes through the village of Caldbeck and traverses the slopes of two rounded humps that really mark the terminus of the Northern Fells and the start of a Scottish dominated landscape. Faulds Brow gets a mention in Wainwright’s Outlying Fells but fortunately is not of sufficient interest to attract the crowds. The walk itself has some lovely riverside sections at the start and finish, woodland and plenty of open farmland with great views to Skiddaw and Blencathra and north over the Solway Firth. Caldbeck (named after Cold Beck) itself provides an idyllic base for the walk and I thoroughly enjoyed discovering more about the lands nearby – it was virgin territory for me but worthy of further visits.

Recommend: On your return take note of the gorge the limestone gorge known as the Howk and the remains of an old waterwheel at Bobbin Mill.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5.The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY323399. Park in the free car park by the river, cross the road and join the Cumbrian Way heading east.
Height to Climb: 271ms (889 feet)
Terrain: Much of the walk are on good lanes and a few quiet roads, the forestry section at the start can get muddy.
Eating & Drinking: Watermill Cafe and the Old Smithy are two very good tea rooms whilst the Oddfellows Arms is my favourite type of Jennings pub.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Remote North
Carrock Fell from Mungrisedale
Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Places to Stay: Glebe Cottage, Caldbeck


  1. Jonathan says:

    Yes we have limited signposting on some walks but if you are on a walk you should follow a proper map. I only ever put a sketch map up and any walker should take this and transfer it on to a proper map before setting out. These instructions are not ‘turn left, turn right’ which are usually very misleading

  2. Lee Cannon-Miller says:

    Well we tried this walk but the limited instructions and lack of any signposting made it very difficult and we went totally off track and landed at Hesket Newmarket. Having to walk back from there on the road with a dog was not very enjoyable.
    “Park in the free car park by the river, cross the road and join the Cumbrian Way heading east.” We still haven’t found “The Cumbrian Way” we crossed the road but there was nothing to give us any clue which path to walk down. We walked down the church path and asked one of the locals which was the Cumbrian Way path and despite them asking other locals no one had a clue.. We crossed the river and walked along a track and even the local farmer by the path had no idea if we were on the right path. We headed up the side of a small forrest and where the path split there was still no sign posting. needless to say we took the wrong path and headed in the wrong direction…

  3. Shaun says:

    Couldn’t recommend this walk enough. Thank you for sharing.

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