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Great Calva

Great Calva



Grid Reference: NY 29089 31188
Height: 690 metres/2264 feet

"It occupies a splendid position overlooking the broad depression of Skiddaw Forest, with which it seems to be inseparably associated, more so even than Skiddaw itself."
A. Wainwright

The conical summit of Great Calva is prominent on the skyline from the south, when driving north from Dunmail Raise towards Keswick, Great Calva is framed perfectly between the flanks of Skiddaw and Blencathra.

The view from the rocky summit of Great Calva to the south is splendid, the panorama between Helvellyn and Great Gable with Bowfell and the Scafell range between is neatly framed by the slopes of Skiddaw and Blencathra.

To the north grassy ridges continue to Knott, the highest of the Back O'Skiddaw fells, while to the south steep slopes descend towards Skiddaw House and Dash Falls.

  1. On the Skiddaw ridge

    Caldbeck to Keswick

    £35.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Good paths throughout but a few steep ascents, a stunning way to see the northern Lake District fells

    Distance: 26km / 16 miles
    Ascent: 1200m / 4000ft
    Duration: 10 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Great Scafell from Great Cockup

    Great Calva & the Northern Fells

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Mostly easy walking, grassy underfoot with no real exposure, good views from an unusual angle

    Distance: 14km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 830m / 2700ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge

    £299.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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