A Short Grisedale Circuit - The Moorcock Walk
Walk 10 - A short circuit of Grisedale with limited exposure paced with interest and suitable for families starting from Moorcock Inn or Garsdale Station taking in this remote valley and the deserted hamlet of Scales - 6 miles - 3.5 hours Back to Moorcock Walks
If starting from the Moorcock Inn follow the main road towards Sedbergh under the railway bridge to the T junction serving the station and turn right through stile. This is in fact the 2nd stile on the right hand side directly opposite the turning to the station. Then pick up the directions below.
Alternatively, if arriving by train from Garsdale Station walk down to the main road to the T junction. Immediately across the main road look for a stile and climb uphill. After the 2nd stile the ground levels out slightly. Pass to the rear of Blake Mire and through a stile to the right hand side with a sign 'Beware of the Farmer'. Proceed across the pasture to Rowantree now occupied by a few hen coups and the onwards across the pasture to Moor Rigg. The pasture is full of wild flowers in May and June.
Cross the minor road at Moor Rigg and pass through a stile, across two fields and another stile to emerge proceeding to the right hand side of Reachey, a renovated farmhouse. The path now follows the right hand side of the Clough River for some way. Continue until reaching the old stone bridge at Scales. It is worth pausing for a look around the deserted former Quaker community and its graveyard within the trees. Until a few years ago this was to be renovated as part of grandiose plans to turn into a recording studio and residence by the band Erasure - but now abandoned. Indeed it may be From Scales retrace steps over the bridge and take the vehicle track up the hill to Flust to join the track to East House. In recent years I have found this preferable to the alternative path to Ings (easier route finding and less boggy!)
At the barn at Flust follow the track through a ford and to the rear of East House. The path now crosses the upland pasture of Grisedale Common on which wild ponies can usually be seen. The path steadily curves around to the shoulder of the hill where there is a stile and a gate. Look carefully for these as they are midway along the pasture and might be difficult to spot immediately.
Passing through the gate descend across South Lunds Pasture pasture taking an almost diagonal course towards Grisedale Crossing and footbridge which can be seen below. Eventually, cross the railway track by means of the footbridge and proceed along the access road. Cross the main road and proceed along a track towards Blades farmhouse. After crossing the River Ure on a vehicle bridge bear right and follow the left hand bank to Ure Force waterfalls.. After crossing the bridge keep to the bank for a short while and it should be possible to see the recently constructed bridleway striking out diagonally across the rough pasture to arrive at the rear of the Moorcock Inn.
For the return walk to Garsdale Station, on leaving the Moorcock turn right and proceed along the main road towards Sedbergh for a very short while then turning left through a gate to follow the recently opened Pennine Bridleway which proceeds directly to the rear of the station passing under Dandry Mire Viaduct enroute. 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.
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 05-May-2020
©John Carey 2009