Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen via Mallerstang

  • Train from Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale
  • Explore the full length of Mallerstang
  • Remote, with 2 ancient castles

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 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: On a second day take the train again between the two stations but return via Wild Boar Fell, mainly trackless but with wonderful views and offering a real sense of adventure.

Transport: Use the wonderful Settle to Carlisle railway. Kirkby Stephen station is  nearly 1 mile uphill outside the town though, Midweek the train leaves Kirkby Stephen at 9.48 or 12.50, has slight changes on Saturday (10.20, 12.46) and Sunday (10.21)

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgills & the Upper Eden Buy Map
Start Point: SD 789919. From Garsdale station walk to the Moorcock inn, and then take the second farm track on the right after 500 metres.
Height to Climb: 229 ms (751 feet)
Terrain: The path in the upper Eden can be muddy and sometimes a little difficult to follow but worth persevering with. Once on the valley floor all is easy and starightforward
Eating & Drinking: The Moorcock Inn at Garsdale may be open for a coffee when you arrive but there is nothing else before Kirkby Stephen, 12 miles away.
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