East Baugh Fell from Sedbergh to Garsdale
Walk 7 - An interesting upland walk with excellent views towards the Howgills, including a traverse of the remote East Baugh Fell [678m], and descent into Garsdale - a good day out! The walk starts in Sedbergh and finishes at the Moorcock Inn - 11 miles [6 hours] - By train on Saturdays only. Back to Moorcock Walks
This walk uses the Dent Station - Sedbergh service departing Dent Station at 1020 on Saturdays. For this reason the walk can only be accomplished from the north bound train from Leeds - Carlisle on a Saturday and some Summer Sundays [unless Sedbergh can be reached by another means!]. The return is from Garsdale
From Sedbergh town centre walk along the main street in an easterly direction. After a few hundred metres turn right along the road to Garsdale. After a short distance turn left at the river bridge to follow the left hand bank of the River Rawthey. After a mile and several stiles the path emerges at Straight Bridge. Cross the road bridge and immediately the other side on a bend take the right hand narrow lane to Garsdale Bridge. Just before the bridge cross the stile and follow the left hand river bank for 1/3 mile or so. Eventually the path strikes out across a field and three stiles to reach Dovecote Gill. Crossing the stile onto the farm track turn right to pass around the side of Dovecote Gill. The track passes through a gate onto open pasture and winds its way up the hill, Emerge at the open fell at the top of the hill.
Pass through the gate and now follow the track with the wall on the right toward Garsdale Foot farmhouse. However, before the buildings are reach a track veers left up the hillside and soon disappears. Follow the fence as it bears right and ascend the hillside to the left of the fence dipping in and out of Ringing Keld Gutter. A wall appears on the right and the going gets steeper eventually emerging at the top of the fell. It is a short walk from here to reach the trig point at Knoutberry Haw [676m]. Continue with the wall on the right for 1.5 miles passing Tarn Rigg Hill [678m]. Maintain the left hand side of the wall/fence passing several small tarns. Eventually the view will open out across Dandry Mire Viaduct and Wensleydale forming the distant vista. Start descending all the time with the wall/fence on the right eventually to cross a beck at the bottom and then a short while further on to meet the minor road serving Grisedale.
Turn right along the minor road. At the T junction turn right for a short while and after 100m turn left through a gate dropping down hill to cross two stiles. The path then drops steeply down to the Clough River and a farm bridge at Low Scale farmhouse. Cross the main Hawes - Sedbergh road and through a farm gate bearing left cross the pasture. Pass through two stiles turning sharp right uphill alongside a small beck to reach High Scale. The path curves left more or less on the level to parallel the railway line all the way now to Garsdale Station emerging at the Coal Road just below the cottages.
Either go directly to the station to proceed along the new bridleway immediately below the cottages. This passes under Dandry Mire Viaduct and soon reaches the Moorcock Inn.
For the return to Garsdale Station retrace steps along the Pennine Bridleway or catch the Little White Bus! The station is slightly under a mile from the pub and 30-35 minutes should be allowed for this uphill walk! Remember that southbound trains run from the farthest platform and it is necessary to pass under the road bridge to gain access. See for bus times.
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
This page was last updated on 13-May-2020
©John Carey 2011