Walk 5 - A superlative but strenuous high level linear walk from Kirkby Stephen Station to the Moorcock Inn taking in Mallerstang Edge [709m] with some spectacular scenery and good views of Wild Boar Fell - 13.5 miles - allow 6.5 hours. By Car or train - if arriving by car it will be necessary to park at Kirkby Stephen or Garsdale Stations and travel one stop on the train. Back to Moorcock Walks
Start at Kirkby Stephen station and pass though the gate off the station access road following footpath downhill and parallel with the road to Kirkby Stephen. At the bottom of the hill, at Halfpenny House, turn right along a concrete private road leading to Wharton Hall. Before reaching Wharton Hall turn left and cross a field to a farm bridge across the River Eden. Turn left and immediately through a gate proceed right and uphill to a small gate in the fence. Cross the open pasture towards Nateby village passing to the right hand side of a former school emerging at a minor road serving the Mallerstang valley.
The second option takes in Shaws Waterfall and Lunds Church: Passing through the stile immediately before the aforementioned gate on the Lady Anne Highway proceed diagonally downhill to a gate at the rear of Shaws and the by steps down to a wooden footbridge in front of the waterfall. Shaws, now a private house was formerly the Garsdale Youth Hostel until the 1970s. Continue downhill across another footbridge and passing through a deserted farmyard to the little hamlet of Lunds with it's now disused church.
Whilst there are various ways back from Lunds - the most straightforward way is to cross the river by the footbridge at the perimeter of the churchyard and follow plantation access track up towards the main road. About half way up the track there is a path cutting through the recently-felled plantation and diagonally across a couple of fields to reach the main road. Turn left along the road and thence back to the Moorcock Inn. The downside is 1/2 mile of road walking!
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 11-May-2020
©John Carey 2009