Millican Dalton’s Caves:


3 miles


Rosthwaite National Trust Pay & Display parking, postcode CA12 5XB.

Why we love this walk?

With three quarry caves to explore this walk is perfect for children with a good sense of adventure! The walk itself is relatively easy, making it a perfect hike for children of all ages. My children always really engage in walks that are interesting and full of history, they were fascinated to learn a man (Millican Dalton) lived in these caves over summer for over 50 years!

For more details please head to the bottom of this page and view our Strava map.

Setting off from Rosthwaite

Walking alongside the River Derwent

A great place for skimming stones!

The Cave

The Route

From the Rosthwaite National Trust car park head straight onto the Cumbria Way, walking through Yew Tree Farm and the Flock Inn Tea Room – don’t forget to treat yourself to an ice cream when you return! As you reach the river turn left until you see a beautiful arch bridge. Cross over New Bridge and turn right.

Continue along the path, keeping the river on your right hand side. You will soon reach a woodland area. Continue through High Hows Wood and, after a short while, the path will begin to rise slightly.

There are three caves to explore here, follow our Strava route at the bottom of the page for precise navigation of the caves. After exploring the caves, loop back and retrace your steps back to Rosthwaite.

A beautiful walk with relatively sturdy terrain, a few sections of loose slate to watch out for. With the promise of caves to explore we are sure your little ones will be motivated to complete this hike!

hiking household

There are many wonderful walks to be found in this area, for more information see below:

For the Castle Crag family Wainwright walk please click here.

Heading up to the caves

Snacks outside one of the caves!

Inside the cave

The path down from the caves