Faulds Brow lies just to the North of Caldbeck and is a pleasant short walk out from the village. It has to be admitted that it isn't going to win many awards as it's a rather humble bump of grass and old quarry workings. In its favour though are the excellent views back over the village to High Pike and the Northern Fells. This modest fells features in Wainwright's Outlying Fells book, and our route largely follows his. However thanks to a permissive path we can now visit The Howk - a narrow limestone gorge with tumultuous waterfall. The path continues to the ruins of the bobbin mill which was last used in the 1920's. Its claim to fame was that its 42ft diameter and 3ft wide waterwheel was for a while the largest in the UK. It's not far from the mill back into Caldbeck.
Park at the car park signposted at the bottom of the Carlisle road just over the bridge from the village centre.
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Go through the car park and turn right up the exit ramp where you pop out opposite the village green and pond. Bear left around the pond taking the road for easy walking to the top where it joins the B5299 Carlisle Road.
This isn't too busy but watch out for the traffic and follow it for 300m (330 yards) to the de-restricted speed limit signs then bear left onto the roughly tarmacked lane through the gorse. Follow this up to the junction with the Keswick to Carlisle fell road.
Cross over the road, bear left, leaving the farm road, onto the grass to pick up a path through the patch of gorse. Skirting a boggy hole pick up the path again the other side. There is a path of sorts, although we couldn't find a clear continuation for a while until people had come back together with the summit in their sights ahead. A track appears and a faint path straight through the quarry was found, but it is all a bit 'head for the high ground ahead and all will be well in the end'. Sometimes you just have to go with it.
The summit of this little fell is the left most part of the bump where a surprisingly majestic cairn sits happily on its southern edge.
The next aim point is in sight if you squint well enough. Look slightly west of south, a signpost down on the road opposite a junction points down another very minor road to Whelpo. If it's been dry a direct bee line for the junction would work.
We preferred the look of the path heading mostly west and then turned left, southwards, to descend a farmer's muddy track which dropped to the junction easily. We cannot say it was much drier than the direct line when looking back up the slope, but at least there was a path.
Reaching the junction, cross and take the minor road to Whelpo. Follow it all the way down to the bridge over Whelpo Beck.
Do not cross the bridge but bear left immediately before it to follow the signed permissive path to Caldbeck. A faint path runs along the north bank of Whelpo Beck. Cross the stone stile into the field where you may find a pony grazing. Continue along the bank, go through the gate at the end and up the steps to another gate. Bear right through the field, up the slope, to the gate the far end. Go through the gate onto the fenced path. Follow this down to the heck across the beck and continue along the path.
Reaching the footbridge don't cross it, just use it admire the deep gorge cut into the limestone.
Continuing on the path it seems to fall over an abyss, but just drops right down some hidden, very steep, steps where you get another view of the gorge and footbridge. Keep on to the buildings ahead of you. These are the remains of the bobbin mill.
With Caldbeck now in view ahead follow the path the last bit, through the two gates of the private yard and back onto the road, just beside the village pond. Bear left and then shortly turn right back to the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Cumbria Way - Caldbeck to Carlisle||102m (112 yards) away|
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