Where is this walk?

Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen walk

October 9, 2019

Take the train along Mallerstang and walk from Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen. There are two options on the walk. The high one goes over Wild Boar Fell, the lower one along the embryonic River Eden.

The Walk

Remote, wild and exceptionally beautiful and that describes only the lowland route through Mallerstang! If any walk typifies the advantages of taking the train (and a stunning train ride at that) then the walk down Mallerstang does. Starting off from Garsdale Station I climbed a small section of Lunds Fell to try and locate the source of the River Eden, having failed (it could be any where) then the crossing of Hell Gill soon made me forget the earlier failure. The route drops down near Pendragon Castle and from there follows the River Eden (now a surprisingly powerful river) past Lammerside Castle and down to Kirkby Stephen. A walk in two parts but offering a real perspective of this lovely valley.

Recommend

If you are staying in Kirkby Stephen take the train back to Garsdale for the high level walk. Return via Wild Boar Fell. Although much of the walk is trackless there are wonderful views and the walk offers a real sense of adventure.

Transport

Use the wonderful Settle to Carlisle railway. Kirkby Stephen station is nearly one mile uphill outside the town though, The train leaves Kirkby Stephen roughly every 2 hours. However check the timetable.

Navigation Tips on the Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen walk

On the walk over Wild Boar Fell walk north along the road for half a mile. Then take to the fellside via a footpath on your left. Initially this is hard to follow in the fields so climb steadily east to a boundary corner. A stile brings you to the open fell side, turn right, north, directly up the broad shoulder of Turner Hill.

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