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Name:Calf Top
Hill number:2797
Height:609.61m / 2000ft
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Grid ref:SD 66450 85624
Summit feature:small cairn
Col:297m  SD682867  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 98
(1:25k) OL2W
Observations:cairn is 12m SE of trig point at SD 66448 85635 and 15cm higher
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Calf Top (Final).doc
Is Calf Top a 2000 Foot Mountain (Final).doc
Second Survey of Calf Top (Final).doc
Comments:Promoted to Nuttall and Hewitt September 2016. See Database Notes.
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Parked at Hodge Bridge, just west of Barbon. Up across Castle nut back down over Middleton Fell to Millhouse, where there is a very grumpy sign saying that there is no footpath and that walkers should consult their map to find the correct way of the Hill. This suggests that the the access land does not quite reach the footpath.Clive G11/07/2020
Walked up from Barbon with Clairewillpalmer18/06/2020
Nearly had an argument with a man, social distancing prevented me from proving him wrong. Damn covid.TheMolluscMan16/05/2020
With Jonny and Alexzaul_uk28/12/2019
With Paul and AlexMadjonny28/12/2019
Barbon Low Fell, Hoggs Hill, Castle Knott, Calf Top, Holme Knottkeithouk10/11/2019
From cattle grid, 90 minutes up and down. Burn in spate but short underground section at 6699 8513 is easily crossed.Topographer5711/09/2019
With Val. Parked opposite Barbon Church and walked to Calf Top via Castle Knott. Returned same route. A very pleasant walk in good weather.mike.hoult06/09/2019
From Barbon via Castle Knott. Return via Mill House -clear path down.squeegs26/07/2019
From Barbon over Castle Knott -longer than I expected 2 1/2 hour return on a hot day. Trend right to ladder style along valley field by wood - I struggled to find this on way up and went on to 2nd farm .Mark Sims28/06/2019
KD Ridge walk up from Barbon that did for both of my father's walking boots and almost did for him too, as I needed to help him down due to injury.crazy16/06/2019
Anticlockwise circuit from Barbon, Castle Knott, Calf Top, Holme Knott across mostly access land and back on the A683. Misty from about 400m so little to see.muzza201/06/2019
2 of 3: From Castle Knott. With Sam.ChrisR17/04/2019
Up from Barbon with roadside parking on main street, not far from the pub. Steepish pull up the first ascent but evens out after that, onto Castle then down and up onto Calf, returning the way we had arrived.Father Ted13/04/2019
Dirty bag from the road to E, straight up and down at dusk. Breezy but clear skies. Sun set from the off. Rounsfell05/04/2019
with roger and martinDarren-44323/03/2019
From the cattle grid at 668848 plenty of offroad parking. Over the Barkin beck then steeply up to summit with a fresh se wind.NormanW23/02/2019
After Castle Knott along ridge to summit trig/cairn then direct back down steeps to cattle grid parking to East.nordicstar18/02/2019
Hodge Bridge > Barbon > Castle Knott > Calf Top > Middleton Fell > Barbon > Hodge Bridge. Just me and H, very windy with some intermittent sunshine at first but somewhat gloomy for most of the walk. Stayed dry and tops clear.johnkaysleftleg17/02/2019
Happy New Year. Walk from Barbon, over Castle Knott, Calf Top and Holme Knott, a lovely circular hill walk with good paths, then back down the valley to Barbon, all in just shy of 14 miles. Superb weather. Recommend this hill circuit.nickywood101/01/2019
From Barbon with Marcus. Via Eskholme pike and Castle Knott. Misty but cleared on way back.Longwojo29/12/2018
From Short Gill Bridge, good verge parking SW side cattle grid. Straight up the wall, benchmarking with Roger Templeman. On to Castle Knott. 11 old BMs searched for, 3 found.jonglew16/10/2018
With Jacqui. From Barbon, via Eskholme Pike and Castle Knott, return via Middletonpatriciagill07/10/2018
up from the CG steep and quick.robertphillips03/08/2018
SoloAimless Rambler12/06/2018
From Barbon ChurchSlash310/06/2018
Climbed from Barbontomd426/01/2018
With Lesley to add recently discovered/measured Nuttall. Enjoyable walk in very mixed weather.glbrookes07/12/2017
An easy circuit from Barbon towards Eskholme, then on to Devil's Crag and eventually Calf Top. Then down Middleton Fell to Mill House and Barbon. Lovely bright and breezy November day.oldbagger2728/11/2017
From Barbon via footpaths over Eskholme Pike and Castle Knott in deteriorating weather. Return to Castle Knott and (steep) descent to Barbondale and alongside beck to church.MichaelF19/10/2017
With K from end of bridleway at 679 863. Straight up and then along summit ridge to trig.Ashley08/10/2017
From Barbon church. Well-defined path all the way, which deviates significantly from the right of way marked on the OS map, but goes over Eskholme Pike and Castle Knott.Peter_W_Mitchell 14/08/2017
After reading about this new Nuttall yesterday I decided to give it a go. Parked in Barbon. Took the very quiet country lane via Middleton as far as Middleton Hall Bridge and then took the bridleway to GR 6303 8914. Then followed the footpath up Fellside and all the way back to Barbon. The weather was fantastic and the views were amazing; Sedburgh and the Howgill Fells, the Lakeland Fells, Morecombe Bay and Dentdale. I have to say that this is now one of my favourite walks. Regarding other potential routes, I noticed a couple of things. 1) There's a permissive path at Low Stockdale Bridge GR 6267 8685 which takes you up Brow Gill and gets you on the Open Access Land. 2) There are ladder styles at the top of Combe Scar (GR 6741 8744) and Weather Ling Hill (GR 6736 8691) so I assume it is possible to come up this way. 3) There is a layby on the A683 so another possibility is to start here. That way, you can have a pint or cream tea in Barbon before doing the road walk back.tsharp08/07/2017
Another wet day. Set off from Fellside in fine rain which turned heavy on the ridge with strong wind so didn't linger on the summit. No view.BURGESS06/06/2017
Approached from Holme Knott - not the most inspiring of walks - far distant views in haze today (in mist on last visit); I believe summit views are excellent in clear weather.ger11/05/2017
With G. from Dent > Calf Top via Flinter Gill & Coombe Scar > Dent via Coombe Scar & ToftsRT197025/04/2017
From Bardon Church, SD 630-824 via Eskholme Pike and Castle Knott and return same route.Westdenewalker22/04/2017
Re-completing the English Nuttalls. With parents and Skye from Barbon. Did Castle Knott too.AGWilliamson15/04/2017
For the first time, Jessica accompanied me on a hill walk. Somehow I had put half a stone on since finishing the Cotswold Way in September, and it showed on some of the steep hills. We parked at Barbon on what seemed more like a pleasant day in late spring, crossed parkland and mingled with grazing sheep and newly-born lambs, and then turned right at Eskholme for the first of the ascents. After a break on Eskholme Pike, we lost the route for a time before climbing again to emerge on Castle Knott. Great Coum across Barbondale to the east was laced with snow. There was a third energetic climb until the whitewashed trig point came into view.peter4lc27/03/2017
from Barbon with Frank on a dry cold day, Castle Knott and Calf Top.Lou05/03/2017
With Andy no view very boggycolinfielding03/01/2017
Along from Castle Knott in the fog and wind.bevandy11403/01/2017
From Barbon Beck bridge (plenty of roadside parking) steeply up to ridge path then gentle walk to Castle Knott and Calf Top. Cloudy so no views.mart079710/12/2016
with Henrykickstand-grange03/12/2016
From Castle Knott. Col somewhat wet but then it had poured down for 2 days prior. Snow from around 500m and heavy drifts from the point where the fence appears. Heavy going because the snow wouldnt bear my weight. Trig came as a relief but what a view!! Found a hollow out of the wind for lunch. Descended by the fence route. This genuinely cant be recommended. A superb hill regardless of the 2000ft upgrade. Please dont do the direct route though. It deserves far more than that.stig_nest24/11/2016
Slight detour on way to North Wales from Suffolk. To reinstate my status as English Nuttall completer. This is the third time after Catstye Cam (NPR), Pillar Rock and now Calf Top. Parked at cross roads near Tossbeck Farm, ascended up Calf from Calf Foot then on to Calf Top. Followed fence SW from summit to fence corner then followed quad bike track to Castle Knott. Descended via Howgill Head and found suitable start point at SD62969 85338 east of redundant rail bridge.SteveSmith07/10/2016
Parked on minor road north of the Swan Inn in front of disused building near Brow Gill (farm hands confirmed it's private land but said I'd be okay) well signed and stiled path over fields then up Millhouse Gill before climbing steeply to the ridge and the summit. Then Calf Top (only recently declared a mountain) and Holme Knott.ijpowell06/10/2016
Walked on my own from Barbon. Came down by the route of ascent as I didn't fancy the road walking.Sunny and bright but very, very windy. I was surprised to find that a new mountain had appeared in the Yorkshire Dales list so it had to be climbed. So glad I took the time. This is a great mountain with superb long distance views.flockwatcher04/10/2016
Via Castle Knott. Parked near Blindbeck Bridge (SD656828), over the footbridge and followed the wall up.webmaster30/09/2016
From Cattle Grid to East. Steep but easy. Enjoyable. Got lift to cattle grid from Peter Smith of Country Private Hire, Garsdale Head. Travelled by train to Denttrimarc221/09/2016