Beatrix and I decided on something of a challenge today whilst Amanda had a day off. Our walk was a 6 miler with 2,000 feet of ascent. We started from the Cross Keys, outside Sedbergh, to climb up the side of Cautley Spout before heading cross-country to The Calf – the highest point of the Howgills. From there we went to Calders, Little Dummacks and Great Dummacks. Our descent was about 1,500 down the side of Great Dummacks. This was what seemed like a 1-in-3 fellside with no discernable paths, placing increased emphasis on good navigation. Although the descent was incredibly steep, the pay-back was the spectacular views back to our starting point.