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