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Great Calva
690m (2264ft)

The Northern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Great Calva as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
110th highest in England,
182nd in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 95)

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English Nuttall
144th highest in England,
236th in England & Wales

Walk Great Calva walking UK Mountains in The Northern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Great Calva Summit

Photo: David Hayter

You can find Great Calva & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL4 The English Lakes - North Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Great Calva and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Great Calva and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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You can walk to the top of Great Calva by using any of these 3 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c188 Knott and Great Calva from Grainsgill Bridge, Swineside

Superb views away from the crowds

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7ml (11km)
Ascent:1,860ft (567m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c127 Great Sca Fell and Knott from Over Water

High Fell views with little company

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.5ml (17km)
Ascent:2,903ft (885m)
Time:6.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c200 Carrock Fell, High Pike (Caldbeck) and Great Calva from Mosedale

Superb views away from the crowds

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 14ml (22.5km)
Ascent:2,978ft (908m)
Time:8.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Great Calva Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Great Calva

Paul Macey walked up Great Calva on July 17th, 2023 [from/via/route] Using walk c200 in reverse as couldn't find start! [weather] A dry day more sun than cloud about 16 degrees

Ian Ashton climbed Great Calva on June 17th, 2023 [from/via/route] I [with] JPH

Christine Shepherd bagged Great Calva on July 23rd, 2008 [from/via/route] Walked from Mosedale using walk c200. Climbed again using walk c188 from Grainsgill Bridge 16.08.2021 [with] On my own [weather] Bright & sunny on the tops but quite humid when I set off. - Climbed for a third time using walk c200 on a lovely sunny day on 31.5.23

Angeline Grieveson hiked Great Calva on September 19th, 2022 [with] Dotty

Stephen Batson summited Great Calva on August 6th, 2022 [from/via/route] Mosedale [with] Clare [weather] Cloudy

Caroline Winter conquered Great Calva on April 17th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked pull in below Peter House Farm, well laid path towards Black Nettle Hause,divert off Cumbria Way & follow fence line up Little Calva, then Great Calva [with] Becky [weather] Warm & humid, getting windy on top. - Great views to back of Skiddaw & to see views of less frequented Fells; hence not being on OS Explorer map.

Richard Marchant scaled Great Calva on May 28th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parking the car at Peter House Farm & then followed the Cumbria Way up past Whitewater Dash Water Falls to Black Nettle Hause. From here I went right up Birkett Edge to Bakestall then back to Black Nettle Hause & up the other side following Dry Gill to Little Calva then traversed around to Great Calva keeping to the ridge. Had a rest here then basically followed my route back to the car. [with] On my Own [weather] Dry Day & a bit overcast in the morning although it did become sunny & clear in the afternoon.

Kate Peacock walked up Great Calva on May 14th, 2022 [from/via/route] Dropped off at Peter House Farm, ascended from the Cumbrian Way, descended onto the road where the junction is for Bassenthwaite [with] Me & Sheila [weather] Cool initially but turned hot, very good weather. Low winds. - We made parts up today to get three boxed off which were a distance apart. Still quite boggy in places but not to sink into.

Richard Fulcher climbed Great Calva on July 24th, 2021 [from/via/route] Walked from Knott as part of a circular route taking in Carrock Fell, High Pike, Knott & Great Calva. About 12.5 miles from/to Mosedale village. [weather] Warm sunny day with a little high cloud. A breeze on the tops. T shirt weather.

Julian Parry bagged Great Calva on July 8th, 2021 [with] Rachel Parry

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Great Calva

The North Western Fells (far left distance), Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) and the shoulder of Clough Head (far right) from the summit of High Rigg

The North Western Fells (far left distance), Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) and the shoulder of Clough Head (far right) from the summit of High Rigg

Photo: Peter Crumpler (3)

Great Calva, Burnt Horse, Blencathra and Lonscale Crags from (North of) Lonscale Fell

Great Calva, Burnt Horse, Blencathra and Lonscale Crags from (North of) Lonscale Fell

Photo: Colin Jenkins (14)

Great Calva from Knott (Uldale Fells)

Great Calva from Knott (Uldale Fells)

Photo: Dave Richards (6)

Skiddaw from Great Calva

Skiddaw from Great Calva

Photo: David Hayter (34)

Great Calva and Whitewater Dash from The Cumbria Way at Melbecks, Back o' Skiddaw

Great Calva and Whitewater Dash from The Cumbria Way at Melbecks, Back o' Skiddaw

Photo: Colin Jenkins (17)

Great Calva from Lonscale Fell

Great Calva from Lonscale Fell

Photo: Colin Jenkins (11)

Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) from the summit of High Rigg

Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) from the summit of High Rigg

Photo: Peter Crumpler (4)

*Bakestall, Great Calva, Skiddaw House, Blencathra (Saddleback) and Lonscale Fell from Skiddaw

*Bakestall, Great Calva, Skiddaw House, Blencathra (Saddleback) and Lonscale Fell from Skiddaw

Photo: Colin Jenkins (9)

Mosedale (Mungrisdale) from Great Calva

Mosedale (Mungrisdale) from Great Calva

Photo: Dave Richards (7)

*Great Calva, Burnt Horse, Blencathra (Saddleback) and Lonscale Crags from (North of) Lonscale Fell

*Great Calva, Burnt Horse, Blencathra (Saddleback) and Lonscale Crags from (North of) Lonscale Fell

Photo: Colin Jenkins (13)

Blencathra  or Saddleback from Great Calva

Blencathra or Saddleback from Great Calva

Photo: David Hayter (36)


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