East of Mallerstang

  • 2 of the Dales 30 summits
  • Pleasant ridge walking
  • Good views in every direction

The broad ridge on the east side of Mallerstang creates less attention than Wild Boar Fell to the west  but is an equally enjoyable walk. At least the higher parts of the ridge are, some of the lower slopes are hard work and are almost exclusively trackless (what ever the O/S maps would have us believe). High Seat is the 4th highest summit in the Dales and only receives 10’s of visitors a year as opposed to the thousands that pass by the Top 3, Whernside, Ingleborough and Great Shunner Fell. It’s a shame because the whole area is full of interest, historical and environmental. Where else can places boast a history including King Arthur, Lady Anne Clifford and Dick Turpin!

I have tackled these fells from both ends of Mallerstang and prefer the route from the north, starting near Garsdale at Aisgill Cottage. The climb is steep and rough to Little Fell but once the summit is reached it is a really pleasant walk over such finely named summits as Hugh’s Seat and Gregory Chapel until High Seat is reached. The descent follows the rim of Mallerstang Edge to the broad shoulder of the Riggs which in turn has some great views to the south and west as well as being an easy descent to Hell Gill Bridge. 

High Seat and Little Fell are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains of the Dales

Recommend: Take the short trip north from Outhgill in Mallerstang to visit Pendragon Castle.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgills & Eden Valley Buy Map
Start Point: SD 778 964. There is limited road side parking at Aisgill Cottages. Take the footpath to the south of the cottages and follow it through the farm to Hell Gill Bridge. Cross the bridge and head up trackless land to the south of the river (Source of the Eden)
Height to Climb: 470 ms (1,540 feet)
Terrain: Rough on the lower slopes but ok (wet in places) on the broad summit ridge.
Eating & Drinking: The Moorcock in at Garsdale Inn is a fine pub well worth a visit for a pint, pot of tea or food.
Similar Walks Nearby: Killing Grounds of Wild Boar Fell
Ancient castles of Mallerstang
Nine Standards Rigg from Kirkby Stephen
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