Cautley Spout and the Cross Keys

On Saturday we visited Sedbergh for a spot of book browsing. The book fair at the Village Hall was our first destination, followed by a visit to the booksellers in the Tourist Information Centre and Westwood Books. We were very pleased with our book haul!

From Sedbergh we drove up to the Cross Keys Temperance Inn and then a walk up to Cautley Spout. The Cross Keys is a 400 year old National Trust Temperance Inn situated close to Cautley Spout, England's highest waterfall.

On a lintel in the bar are carved the following lines by William Blake:

"Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
They are not done by jostling in the street."

These words seemed to ring so true, especially in the world at the moment.

The walk up to the Spout was lovely, crossing the River Rawthey, and then up towards the waterfall. The broken cascade of falls tumbles a total of 650 feet down the cliff face at the head of the wild and bleak glacial valley that comes down from a high plateau called The Calf.

We had a smashing day, an excellent combination of books, good food and fresh air!