Cautley Spout** III
[Cautley Spout, 3 kb]250m, 4 pitches. England's finest waterfall climb. Easy scrambling leads to the first pitch in the gorge, 40m with a steep finish. 3 easier pitches are separated by short walks then a final 50m pitch in an open position.

Photo: Cautley Spout © Rog Wilko
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This climb is in 78 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Richard Goodey - 2015

Top pitches only (II/III) - main pitch not complete. Good fun - bit wet lower down though.
Peter Metcalfe - Solo - 23/Jan/13

Led 1st pitch and soloed the rest.
Adi Hooper - Lead - 27/Dec/10 with Tom M Greenwood

Not in the best nick. Unaware of the previous day's incident.
eldre070 - Lead O/S - 27/Dec/10 with Alan

Hidden - Solo dnf - 27/Dec/10

Did not finish due to thawing. Main pitch thin in places and not attached to main wall. Night ascent.
Ste Ridd - Solo dnf - 27/Dec/10 with Jason, M.Sadler

jason - Solo dnf - 27/Dec/10 with moose ridd, manmike

Great day until we heard shouts for help on our return past thee main pitch - Got invlolved with the rescue of what turned out to be a fatal fall. A very sad day.
Tom Phillips - Lead O/S - 26/Dec/10 with Alistair

nia - Solo O/S - 26/Dec/10 with harry

greenroom - Solo O/S - 25/Dec/10

First (main) pitch and the one above. Aborted for Christmas dinner at Mum's in Sedbergh!
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 25/Dec/10 with Cath Sullivan

DG led main pitch - soloed rest
Tom Phillips - AltLd - 24/Dec/10 with dick

good condition, second team on it, got to lead the main pitch this time, took the right line. soloed the rest
twoplates - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/10 with beds, jon

three stars, glad to be ahead of the pack, Great day!
J1PEF - AltLd - 24/Dec/10

Solo. Second ice climb ever. Was a bit gripped on first pitch! Took right line as left was heaving. Joined left line just before top.
Adam Lincoln - Solo O/S - 24/Dec/10

Superb ice!! better than Steall falls.
mikemartin - Solo - 24/Dec/10

Got to the layby at 2pm and was shocked by the number of cars. However had the route almost to ourselves and was at home in Kendal drinking tea by 5:30pm. Roped the 1st pitch only. Great route although almst a staircase now.
Conan - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/10 with Simon Raven

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/10

sgl - AltLd - 24/Dec/10 with will

Hidden - Lead - 24/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/10

Hidden - 24/Dec/10

beds74 - 2nd - 24/Dec/10 with Tom Swanich, Jon Peffer

Turned up just before 10am to find at least five teams in front! At least another five turned up after we'd done the first pitch. Led the first pitch then soloed the rest. Had waited 25 years to do this so waiting half an hour for teams to move on didn't seem too much of a burden. Photos at
Bob - Lead - 23/Dec/10 with M. Bullough & S. Brock

Fat. Possible on the left or right side so the crowds didn't have to queue much
crowberry gully - AltLd - 23/Dec/10 with Ross McGibbon

Great fun, night time ascent. Afew other parties were out but good conditions, lead P1 and then soloed the rest. P1 is good value!
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 23/Dec/10 with Ian Moore

Fantastic day out - 3 stars at least
mattish2000 - 23/Dec/10

Turned up at 9.30am to find a queue of 5 teams already waiting! The wait was well worth it though. Pitched the 1st ice fall then solo'd the rest - all great value. Pauls recon early in the week paid off! One of my most enjoyable ice climbs to date.
Mountain Llama - 22/Dec/10 with Paul S

BikeClimbWalk - 2nd - 22/Dec/10 with Glen H

In good condition. We did a line on the left for the first pitch.
Ken Taylor - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/10 with Andy Chadwick

I led the first pitch and then we soloed the rest. Dramatic climbing but really easy. Great fun and hello to all the others who were there!
TobyA - Lead O/S - 22/Dec/10 with John

Andy Chadwick - AltLd - 22/Dec/10 with Ken Taylor

ewen - AltLd - 21/Dec/10 with rich, jeb

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Dec/10

In the dark after work! Rog led first pitch then we pretty much soloed the rest.
Adi Hooper - AltLd - 09/Dec/10 with Roger Ward

Omitted wet pitch one, ann led next pitch so 2nded then soloed 2nd main pitch and eyed up the top one for another day!
wheelo - Solo - 09/Dec/10 with chris g, craig, ann

Traversed in to commence at top of first pitch. Superb conditions.Can't wait to do the whole route next winter.
Ann S - AltLd - 09/Dec/10 with Craig and John W and Chris G, Craig and John W

Lead P1 then soloed the rest. The top of P1 barely hanging after the 6 people in front and sun had done its work. Rescue of solo-er while standing in a freezing shower and being hit in the chops from on high all added to the fun! All the rest of the many steps and pitches are really good as well, great day out
lithos - AltLd - 08/Dec/10

Wonderful day, route in good nick, especially the upper pitches which don't get the sun.
Rog Wilko - 08/Dec/10 with Phil Tucker, Pete Nugent

Hidden - 08/Dec/10

Night ascent. P1 bad at top on right.
Andrew Wilson - Lead O/S - 08/Dec/10 with Chris Vernon

Fantastic day out. Left the car at 08.00, the first pitch was in the sun and was melting fast despite the sub zero temperatures.Also, there was a lot of water coming over the fall. Phil (& Dave Ryder) did a good lead as the ice was poor & there were some moves on rock to get to the belay. Conditions improved as the day progressed and the top pitches were in superb condition.
Pete Nugent - 2nd - 08/Dec/10 with Phil Tucker, Roger Wilkinson

Tough grade finish on 1st pitch. probably grade 4.
steven - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/10 with Dave Ryder

Main pitch running in the middle and looked dodgy on the (very short!) walk in. However, it was climbable on the left with good ice (though exposed to spray in places) and slightly dodgy at the top where the ice catches the morning sun. Rob led this, then I led the next small step after which we put the rope away and soloed the rest. This was where the real surprise was... The ice just kept coming! All easy III with the odd steeper move but with perfect chewy ice.
Will Smith - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/10 with Rob

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Dec/10

dave josling - 2nd - 05/Dec/10

After work in the dark
MarkDavies36 - AltLd O/S - Dec/10

Hidden - Lead - Dec/10

Hidden - Lead - Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Feb/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jan/10

petegunn - AltLd - 14/Jan/10 with Davina

night rade
philboy - 2nd - 14/Jan/10 with matt g

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jan/10

Headtorch ascent. Main pitch felt serious after both of my headtorches went awry. Main pitch not properly formed. Some sporting interst ensued. Great evening out.
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 12/Jan/10 with Adam

night time ascent, ice a bit rotten at the bottom but a superb route well worth the effort
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 12/Jan/10 with Neil Griffiths

All pitches climbed, Starting to Thaw. Still large amount of Quality ice.
hirst - 11/Jan/10

All pitches climbed, Starting to Thaw. Still large amount of Quality ice.
hirst - 11/Jan/10

Tenko - AltLd O/S - 10/Jan/10 with Pete MacDonald

Missed out the first couple of pitches because they were pouring. Lots of running water but enough good ice to make it interesting. Top couple of pitches really good. Climbed with Col and Rhodes'y and head torches. Excellent afternoons sport.
TwSpanner - Solo - 10/Jan/10

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jan/10

Missed the main (first) pitch due to queue. Traversed in above it. Good ice all the way, if a little thawing. Quality route, lots of interest all the way up.
Hardonicus - Lead O/S - 10/Jan/10 with Alex Thompson

Avoided the melting (and queuing on the) bottom section. Great weather!!
Alex Thompson - 2nd O/S - 10/Jan/10 with Haydn Martin

George led the main pitch (which was well formed), Ian led 3rd and I led last pitch. Some runny bits still, but excellent ice throughout.
net - AltLd - 09/Jan/10 with Ian Lawton, George

GPN - AltLd - 09/Jan/10 with Ian Lawton, Annette

good(enough) ice throughout, climbed carrying skis for descent, dave led p 1/3 and we soloed the last pitch. good day.
twoplates - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with dave sharpe

Excellent condition and much more to the route than I was expecting, the upper pitches are easier but very fine
crowberry gully - AltLd - 09/Jan/10 with Ross McGibbon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo - 08/Jan/10

full winter conditions
jhardwick - 2nd O/S - Jan/10 with tony womersley, chris vernon

innes - 2nd O/S - Jan/10 with Nibs

Hidden - 2nd - 2010

Hidden - Solo - 10/Jan/01

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Feb/96

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - Jan/93 with Martin Doyle

Bottom pitch not fully frozen.Soloed the rest with my son following. Clear cold day. To go back for the bottom pitch sometime. March about 1990
uphillnow - Solo - Mar/90

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