A pleasant 40 minute walk from the road will take you to Cautley Spout, starting gently as the path meanders alongside the grassy river bank. As you start to hear the water rushing downhill, the path starts to climb much more steeply. Luckily by then the prospect of an amazing view from the top of Cautley Crag is tantalisingly close.
Archaeologists have found the houses and fields of an Iron Age farming community in the valley below, with a stone-edged track from the settlement to the falls. It appears that Cautley Spout may have had some special significance to these former inhabitants. Nowadays Cautley Spout acts as a magnet for visitors seeking a short walk that justifies a trip to the pub afterwards.
The 1732 date stone above the entrance refers to John and Agnes Howgill who owned the building when it was a farmhouse.
The next owner, Mrs. Edith Bunney removed the licence in 1902. She left the property to the National Trust who now let it to Alan and Christine Clowes who now maintain one of the cosiest "pubs" you'll find in the Dales.
There are comfortable rocking chairs, a piano which you're welcome to play and even a wind up gramophone.
You're also welcome to take your own alcoholic beverages.