Cautley Spout

A very steep and extremely slippery multi pitch canyon featuring the highest waterfall in England.
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2X 40m
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Duration: in, down and out:
IN: 50 mins DOWN: 1.5hrs OUT: 15 mins
This canyon contains sharp rock be aware! Very slippery inside the canyon. Care should be taken with the moss and vegetation inside the canyon - quite fragile. Received anchor updates in 2020
Approach by Car: Free parking in the lay-by near The Temperance Inn. Approach by foot:Cross the bridge found below the lay by and follow the obvious, but steep path, to the top of The Calf plateau. The beck is forked near the top - ignore and cross the first stream (on the trail), then begin your descent when the trail meets the next one. Canyon entry: Enter the canyon after crossing the first stream, (the main footpath begins to follow the river after this) Canyon descent: A Steep slippery canyon, some large abseils make the trip one of the lake district classics. Exit: Shortly after A8 a small animal track is visible on TL, follow back to the main track Escapes: Possible throughout the canyon, the majority of the time on the TL (preferred side)
This Canyon is Guided
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Jack Hare
Jack Hare
June 14, 2021 12:09 pm
Canyon Experience :

Did Cautley spout on Saturday 12th June. Three in party, two experienced (5+ weeks of canyoning in Ticino, Tyrol and Sardinia) and one inexperienced (but experienced cave explorer). We took a 70 m rope which was the perfect length for the 35 m abseil, and a 40 m rope for the shorter descents. We took 2 hrs and 45 mins. Flow conditions were low (three weeks without rain prior to our trip), rock was not too slippery, anchors were all in good condition, apart from the ones above the big 35 m abseil, which were a bit of a mess. Given we can’t get to Ticino this year, Cautley Spout is a pretty excellent canyon, and we had a great time!

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