Great Calva via Dash Falls and Skiddaw House
We like to do walks from the door with as much of a round and as little road as possible, so we tried Great Calva. You can see little Calva from the campsite, Great Calva is hidden behind it. The walk is 12 miles with 1 steep mile the rest is a nice walk.
From the campsite head out of the metal gate by the beck and at the top edge of the site, across this field to the hedge, and then turn right. You are now on the Cumbrian Way. Keep on this path to Peter House Farm. At the road simply cross and take the footpath signposted to Skiddaw House, Dash Falls, and Threlkeld. This is a good, easy path to follow which you’ll stay on to the top of Dash Falls. Go through the gate and over the beck before looking for a small path through the heather on the left hand side. (It’s after you have crossed the beck and as you stand at the gate it’s your mountain on the right)
The heather path follows the line of the fence up to the top. It’s a mile slog straight to the top of Little Calva from which you can see the top of Great Calva. Follow the path through the heather, it can be boggy after rain, but it is an obvious path. There is one last push over a small rocky section to reach the top and summit cairn.
From the top you have great views to Skiddaw House in the valley and the back side of the Skiddaw Massif range in front.
The path down is again through the heather but you are literally heading for the very obvious Cumbrian Way in the valley below. Once you hit the Cumbrian Way you turn right and follow this back to Dash Falls, Peter House Farm, and your tent just a mile beyond.