Garsdale Station to Sedbergh

Walk 15 - A low level linear walk without particular difficulty following Garsdale and the Clough River from Garsdale to Sedbergh - 10 miles [5 hours] - By train to Garsdale Station then the Saturdays [and summer Sunday only] Western Dales Bus from Sedbergh to Dent Station. This walk can only be easily accomplished from the northbound 0849 ex Leeds train service unless a lift can be arranged. This involves some road walking at the very least and this can be varied depending on preference as the footpaths parallel the Sedbergh-Hawes main road most of the way. Indeed, the short field sections at Hole House, Blades and Cross Thwaite could be omitted to save time or adversely muddy conditions. Back to Dentdale Walks

  • Clough River at Garsdale Bridge

Alight the train at Garsdale Station. From the station access track cross the Coal road to the foot path immediately on the opposite side. This proceeds on the same contour parallel to the railway line passing through two gates. After the barn proceed downhill alongside the small stream for a while passing through a stile on the left and then across a field to another stile. The path now drops passing over a stile in a fence down hill emerging at the main road to one side of a barn at Low Scale Farm. Cross the road and pass through the farm crossing the Clough River by means of the wooden bridge. The path proceeds steeply uphill passing to the left of Knudmanning. Keep to the left of the wall for two fields and at the third turn slightly uphill to meet the Old Road. Bear left and follow the minor road towards Sedbergh and the junction with the main road. Bear right on to the main road taking care to avoid traffic.

  • Old Road and Clough River

After a short while the road can be avoided with a slight detour to Raygilll and Crossthwaite - this path is hardly used as the detour serves little purpose. Alternatively stay with the road. At High Coat Weggs turn right from the main road to cross the Clough River and then immediately left. However do not follow the plantation track but look for a footpath sign directing along a narrow footpath on the left passing the house at High Coat Weggs - the path has been diverted away from the house garden. The path passes in front of a cottage at West Paradise Nursery through 3 stiles and dropping down to a track at Roger Pot and alongside the river. Join the main road briefly and then turn right in front of Smorthwaite. Pass through 3 stiles and bear slightly right passing the right hand side of Blades and Low House Farms. The path emerges again at the main road. Continue along the main road for 300m and then turn left from the road at a stile crossing the pasture to follow the Clough River.

  • Clough River near Swarthgill and West Paradise Nursery

Maintain the path on the right hand bank for nearly 1 mile to join the farm track. Leave the farm track just before it joins the main road and continue across the fields to reach New Bridge. Cross the main road and down the steps on the other side. Continue on the same line turning right just before the boundary. Now proceed uphill towards a disused fish farm and through a gate. Just beyond the buildings turn left toward Stephens Farm crossing 4 fields. At Stephens farm pass to the left of the buildings and then bear right through a gate onto the farm access road passing Hole House and emerging at a minor road. Bear left to follow the road and then right at a T junction now uphill to reach Garsdale Foot. Turn left through a gate and proceed along the edge of the open pasture with the wall on the left.

This drops slightly downhill eventually bear left through a gate. The track zig zags downhill to become an enclosed track around Dovecote Gill. At the driveway to the house turn left over a stile. Now crossing pasture again head for a stile and continue down hill following the path down to Hall Bank. This eventually meets the river again. Follow the river bank as it twists and turns through several gates passing Farfield Mill on the far side to emerge at at stile at Garsdale Bridge.

  • Near Dovecote Gill and Garsdale Foot

Bear right along the minor road to Straight Bridge on the main road from Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen. Cross the road bridge and immediately on the other side turn left through a stile in the wall to follow the right hand bank of the River Rawthey. Follow the well used path to New Bridge. Pass over the bridge and bear left and right at the lay-by to join the footpath into Sedbergh. Bear left at the rear of Settlebeck School turning area and follow the path to the rear of the school. At the vicarage pass through a gate and turn right up the driveway to get to Sedbergh. Turn left into Main Street and on to the Dalesman to catch the bus.

For current timetables see Western Dales Bus

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should always consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.

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This page was last updated on 14-Jan-2018

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