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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)
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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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 273 users)ByDate of Ascent
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
On a lovely ridge walk from Barbon to Fellside. See my blog post for more details: http://blog.alistairpooler.co.uk/2013/04/castle-knott-and-calf-top.htmlalistairpooler13/04/2013
2-day trip to the Marilyn hotspot of Dentdale, with Tom Leach, making good use of the railway! Ribblehead - Whernside - Green Hill - Great Coum - Calf Top - Dent. Good weather and great to stride out across the moors.Mark Jackson12/04/2013
Parked on the roadside near the cattle grid at SD 66870 84790. Followed the fence line steeply upwards, then round and along the ridge to the top. Returned via the col at SD 65872 84505 for an easy descent diagonally down the slope back to the car.martin_hall05/04/2013
Did it as first day of OMMMick299127/10/2012
From Barbon to Calf Top.Good walk.With Bridget and Oscar.catman14/10/2012
With Oscar and Catman.rosiebridge14/10/2012
With Bridget and Catman.oscarrosie14/10/2012
Barbon, Castle Knott, Calf Top, Long Bank. Return to Barbon by Lune riverside and low level paths/minor roads. Dry, breezy and hazy, so no long distance views.PaulH12/08/2012
Great Coum overnightNigelM12/08/2012
Bullpot Farm Castle Knott Calf Top Crag Hill Great Coum Gragareth Leck Fell House Ease gill Kirk Bullpot FarmAndy Hirst11/04/2012
Parked at Barbondale Road SD683864. Left PRoW at 682869 to reach gate in wall at 677868, climbed step stile at 674869 to follow wall to summit (1 mile). Operated VHF/HF Ham Radio for Summits On The Air (SOTA).G4OBK (Phil)26/11/2011
A hard slog with Phil G4OBK, very cold and then heavy rain. Started from CP at SD683864. A very steep ascent beside wall over Weather Ling Hill. My hands were absolutely freezing. We had intended to go on to do Nine Standards Rigg but due to excessive rain we spent the afternoon in a cafe in Ingleton!G4OOE26/11/2011
Walked from Barbon to Middleton Head. A good ridge walk. 8 mls.Curly & Shirley01/05/2011
Walk from Barbon on a fine, breezy day.Walker Dan28/04/2011
petey22/04/2011
From Barbon. W edge of Barbondale. Castle Knott > Calf Top. W/-IG,TM,DH,JM.gary.jones423/01/2011
1dads18/09/2010
climbed from Barbon via Eskholme Pike,Castle Knott then Calfrobert06/09/2010
From Castle Knottmick11/06/2010
see Great CoumIanHHill24/04/2010
From Barbon. Good track/path.destaylor13/07/2009
Barbondale roundlittlemisslakes18/04/2009
MUCH BETTER VIEWS FROM CASTLE KNOTT.DARRENG08/10/2008
on frmo castle knottgigglejon19/07/2007
From Barbon. With Mekon.MorecambeMonkey15/07/2007
with Jamie before watching York city fail against Morecombe in the second leg of the play off semi final. Climbed 6.5.07 trig pillar number is s5670, same number combination and also the birthplace trig of Jamies mum Michelle. Interesting number stuff.vegibagger06/05/2007
Straight up the steep face from Barbondale - involved a few pauses for breath. Part of along hillday that took me all the way to Arnside.DanHolme09/10/2006
Parked at Dent and took a circular route via Great Coum, Green Hill, Gragareth, Castle Knott and Calf Top.rhalstead08/10/2006
Parked at foot of Short Gill. Followed wall up steep hillside on opposite side of road, then wall/fence to trig, in mist.Aye Jimmy25/06/2006
SOTA activationIan G7KXV01/02/2006
Parked at cattle grid at approx: SD669848. Straight up a steep sided Calf Top, back down to car, then onto Great Coum.Jhimmy13/09/2005
Galltywenallt01/08/2005
Walked this with my son while on the Barbondale Round camping at Dent it had snowed on the Friday eveningphilhythe16/04/2005
From car at 13:50 in Barbondale about 677860, up very steeply to top of ridge and along to summit. Sunny and warm, but very hazy. dbb03/04/2005
petey06/08/2004
Ascended from Eskholme in fine sunny weather.JohnW13/04/2004
Up and down from Barbon lane before sun sets.Eddie03/11/2003
From BarbondaleBLACKHILL21/06/2003
FellsmanJim B25/05/2001
With Amy and Stephen Boff from Barbon via Castle Knott.Dugswell223/01/2000
Footpath sign gave access to moor. Over swamp on rough grass to ridge wall for over a mile. Crossed wall for easier going to top. 13.00.arranc26/09/1999
Climbed straight up the hillside from a cattle grid on the Gawthorp to Barbon road. yorkie04/04/1999
CK, Club SheilaS21/11/1998
Dewey bagging, walk 2/3; Calf Top (excellent steep-sided hill) and Castle Knott from Barbondale cattle grid RHW14/12/1997
Solo on route down to Liverpool. Picked easiest line from roadside verge.nordicstar15/07/1997
Steeply up side and .. steeply down again. then.... the same for Aygil Pike. Marilyn bagging on way to brother's at Windermere to discuss my best man role for his wedding in 3 weeks time.Chris Pearson12/02/1995
Blisco01/01/1980
Climbed on: 04/05/1975; With: mjs jm Ian Baines04/05/1975
Date default for unknown. Seversl timesConrad06/12/1950
From Barbon. 2000? In case it grew to be a Nuttall.summitsup01/01/0001
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