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Name:Calf Top
Hill number:2797
Height:609.61m / 2000ft
Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Lune
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N)
Grid ref:SD 66450 85624
Summit feature:small cairn (possibly removed)
Drop:313m
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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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
My second visit to this top reached whilst walking the Northern Crossway.WAYNE ROWLETT16/06/2017
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
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
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
With Penda. From Blindbeck Bridge, straight up to ridge and along via Castle Knott, then back. 1130-1400. Cool, clear and dry with sun now and again. New English '2,000er' - met three other couples, who were like me doing recent addition. All for the sake of 1/10 inch! :-)beorwulf19/09/2016
From Barbon, to Eskholme, Eskholme Pike, Castle Knott, Calf Top; and back. Quite a few walkers about today, following the recent upgrade of Calf Top to a mountain, I suspect!Fisky Boy19/09/2016
With Fisky Boy.Brenda Cloke19/09/2016
Start ~ Barbon village, parking by church. Via Barbon Park to Eskholme Pike and on to Castle Knot & Calf Top. With Womboune.steve hudson12/09/2016
Parked by church in Barbon. Walked over Castle Knott to Calf Top, recently upgraded to a Nuttall. Returned by same route. Very wind but dry and sunny giving good views. With SH.wombourne12/09/2016
From short gill bridge, 669838. Small space to get car off road, much more space at Blindbeck Bridge. Steep uphill and short ridge walk to trig point. Sunny evening.N.Morters14/07/2016
Walk from dent to Kirkby Lonsdale with FOSCLA. Overcast with regular heavy showers but did not mar an excellent walk with views across Morecambe Bay in particular very good. Straightforward navigation, bleak on top although surprisingly good under foot.JOHNS02/07/2016
Parked in the village of Barbon - Church - Eskholme - Eskholme Pike - Castle Knott - Calf Top (& trig)- Calf - Castle Knott - Devils Crag - Barbon Manor Parkland (fab oak trees) - Barbonbriandavies29/05/2016
Reached whilst walking the Howgill and Limestone trail.WAYNE ROWLETT19/03/2016
Castle Knott and Calf Top there and back from Barbon. 7.4 miles 2 1/2 hours although I was going fairly fast.clivevilla10/03/2016
A glorious day...blue skies, sunshine and fab views of the Lakes, Howgills and half of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Straight up from Blindbeck Bridge, and over the top to Weather Ling hill. Probably easier to continue to Combe Top, but the direct descent is fine. Then a pleasant stroll down the road.Gill02/11/2015
From Barbon on glorious morning. Up by Eskholme Pike to Castle Knott and then to Calf Top. Return by west ridge passing Mill House before taking High Road back to Barbon.SS03/10/2015
This gave a quick route avoiding steep ground: Barbondale road summit (could park ca. 3 cars here or 2 FWDs)-Combe House path- Combe Top- Barkin Top- Calf Top. There were glimpses down from the summit,but the weather improved slowly. I returned the same way and got a lovely view of Dentdale from the way off Combe Top. Looks like this hill deserves a full day- from the W side perhaps?pwheeler12/09/2015
Revisit with SG on a Barbondale horseshoe from Blindbeck Bridge.Smudge31/07/2015
Eskholme Pike - Castle Knott - Calf Topronaldo33325/07/2015
Barbon Horseshoe from Barbon. Parked at village hall (honesty box) Also good parking at bottom of Fellside RoadNorthender29/06/2015
2mFM Radio Activation NP-022. Parked on roadside next to footpath sign. Hard walk very windy lots of cloud cover.Petem0hqo27/06/2015
Solo. I visited the NW top too.Dangerous Dave26/04/2015
With Jo, from Barbon: prows over Eskholme Pike to Castle Knott and Calf Top. (NB: the small cairn denoting highest point 12m SE of trig is no longer in situ). Weather; sunny, warm, good visibility.amblerbob23/04/2015
Parked at Blindbeck Bridge, steep ascent to the ridge and then over Castle Knott.tim74716/04/2015
Circuit of Great Coum and Calf Top from Barbondale, taking a relatively direct line off Great Coum and a very direct line up the side of Calf Top. That was steep! Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/great-coum-and-calf-top.htmlGayle05/04/2015
Parked at the top of Barbondale at 684864. Followed the path north before heading for Weather Ling Hill and then S.W. along the ridge to the summit. 2 hour walk with GB.bolton21/11/2014
Parked on the roadside at the top of Barbondale (SD683864) - N. along path & then used gates in walls to make way up two fields - After crossing stone step stile at SD674869 an easy walk along the ridge to the summit cairn. (PM)gerrybowes21/11/2014
Kirkby Lonsdale-Castle Knott-Calf Top-Kirkby Lonsdale.campagvelocet18/11/2014
British fell relays with CVFRrichardsun19/10/2014
Walked up from Dent campsite and was on the top just after 11am. Great views and good weather so decided to head over and bag Aye Gill Pike from here, contouring round the huge crags before dropping down to the roadbridge.signyred07/07/2014
England's highest hill? Walked up Barbondale then went directly up the slope to the summit. Agonisingly steep but a grand outing. Fabulous views in all directions atop, idled for a good while up here. Wonderful hill.Jake99408/06/2014
LFR runRonald07/05/2014
From cattlegrid to E. Then on to Great Coum.Pleasant little hill in mist etcThearlaichdubh03/04/2014
From Barbon via Mill House with AndyCrib Goch08/03/2014
Got up early to meet Kev and Jen at Barbon Church. However disappointed that Cloud didn't clear from the ridge.mindlessflogger11/01/2014
Started in Barbon on a very cloudy morning, walked up minor road north out of village until it joined the main road, crossed it and took a footpath by the river until it re-joined the main road, walked tiny road to Fellside farm, up to Holme Knott, then along ridge to Calf Top just as the cloud cleared, down and up to Castle Knott then followed path back to Barbon. Shame Calf Top only just misses out on being a mountain, its well worthy of a mountain status.DanTrig04/05/2013