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Calf Top (Middleton Fell)
Calf Top is situated directly south of Sedburgh and northeast of Barbon. Positionally, it's another of those slightly confusing fells as this area is at the junction of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, with the Yorkshire Dales boundary running along the eastern side of the summit. I believe that most of it currently sits in Cumbria.

There has been much consternation about the exact height of Calf Top. Several surveys have been carried out that statistically point to it being 4mm short of the 2000 foot mark, but as these are GPS readings and subject to an error margin there is still a good possibility that it does in fact reach mountain status. Oh my word - GET A GRIP !!! Put it this way - at the top you can be sure that everything from the ankles up will be above 2000ft, and if you are bagging all the English mountains you need to climb Calf Top to make absolutely sure you've done them all. People really should stop babbling about this kind of thing and climb the bloody thing - if a fell is worth climbing, it's worth climbing!

Either way, mountain or hill, Calf Top itself doesn't really care. It has fine views of the Howgills, a good chunk of the Dales, the Lake District mountains and the sea - as such it's worthy of a visit regardless of trivial height classification.

Height : 2000ft/610m
SD 66450 85624
Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells - Cumbria - England
Hill Classification(s) :  Dewey,  HuMP,  Marilyn,  Yorkshire 2000
OS Explorer Map(s): 2W
OS Landranger Map(s): 98

Additional Information from the Database of British Hills
Summit Feature: Small cairn
Comment: See Database Notes
Observation: 12m SE of trig point at SD 66448 85635 and 15cm higher
 

 

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06/02/2010
Calf Top from Barbon - two thousand or not two thousand, that is ... irrelevant
2171 ft. - 8.18 miles
Moderate
Sunny, cool - perfect winter conditions
Ali
Yorkshire Dales


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