CC 205 AUTUMN COLOURS
If you are looking for a walk of contrasting colours, dramatic views of sweeping fells that might have been sculpted by a giant and the unearthly silence of a little-visited dale - this is it.
Parking is 6 miles from Sedbergh off the A683, signposted Kirkby Stephen. The large parking area is on the left, just before Rawthey Bridge.
1. Leave the parking area to cross the road in the direction of the bridge. At the Yorkshire Dales National Park sign walk down a few yards to go through a dilapidated gate and follow the path around right through the field and then uphill. The uninspiring mound ahead is called Bluecaster. As the name indicates this was probably the site of a Roman military outpost. The path swings left as you gain a little more height but is easy to follow, although it can be quite boggy in parts.
2. Keep on this path for approximately half to three quarters of a mile so that you are above and parallel to the river all the way. On the right you will pass a disused lime kiln. In the trees ahead on the left, you will see a delightful cluster of buildings which look as though they have been painted in by an 19th century watercolourist!
The very best time to see this particular view is morning-time in summer, or a little later in the day during the autumn.
3. Continue downwards to a relatively newly built bridge over the infant River Rawthey, giving lovely views of the peaty cascades and deep pools underneath. Before crossing the bridge it is possible to walk further upstream although it is not a good path and eventually becomes something of a scramble.
4. After crossing the bridge walk up the path, through the trees to join a lane. Turn left onto the lane and continue on this, down over Needlehouse Gill and climbing slightly, to a gate. Go through the gate and keep on the road for about a mile to a junction. Walking along this little lane allows time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the more northerly Howgill fells - Wandale Hill dead ahead, Yarlside and Cautley Crags off to the left. At the road junction turn left to take you back to the A683 in approximately half a mile.
Map: OS Outdoor Leisure 19 - Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley
Length: Approximately 3 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Terrain: Easy walking but parts may be boggy.