Fell from Garsdale Station to Sedbergh
Walk 9 - Garsdale Station to Baugh Fell and Sedbergh - 10 miles - 5 hours - By train/bus, A strenuous upland walk across Baugh Fell with excellent views across to Wild Boar Fell and the Howgills with a pleasant descent and a riverside walk on to Sedbergh to catch the S1 bus back to Dent Station. This walk can only realistically be done from the Saturday northbound train from Leeds alighting at Garsdale and returning via Dent Station using the 1650 bus back from Sedbergh. Back to Dentdale
Start at Garsdale Station and emerging at the foot of the access track from the north bound platform cross the Coal Road and through a gate onto open pasture. Walking parallel to the railway line pass through two gates and on the thirds field descend at the side of the wall following the small stream to a stile. Then cross the field and through another stile. The path descends passing over the wooden stile in a fence to emerge at the side of a barn. Pass through the gate to cross the main Sedbergh - Hawes road. Pass to the left of Low Scale Farm buildings, immediately cross the Clough River on the farm bridge to bear left up the hill and then slightly right looking for a stile diagonally ahead. Cross another stile and gate to emerge at the Old Road.
Turn right for 100m and then turn left along the Grisedale road. At a cattle grid turn left to climb uphill at the left hand side of the wall. This eventually passes meets the pasture boundary wall. Follow the wall for 1/4 mile or so as it turns right, in effect contouring the hill. After a while the path dips crossing a small stream. Then proceed up the fell side with the fence /wall on the left to reach the top.
Soon East Baugh Tarns will come into view. This is a boggy plateau and whilst an excursion to Grisedale Pike can be worthwhile there are some quite wide channels to negotiate and these can be problematic. Otherwise, carry straight on over the summit at Tarn Rigg Hill [678m] and after 1.5 miles or so the trig point of Knoutberry Haw [676m] will come into view. At this point a decision can be made whether to make a deviation to visit West Baugh Tarn which will add approximately 1.5 miles. Otherwise carry straight on down the hillside to the right of Ringing Keld Gutter crossing the stream where convenient always with the fence on the left. At the end of the fence turn left to pick up a track down to Garsdale Foot farmhouse and then immediately turn right along another track. Follow the track along with the stone wall on the left eventually passing through a gate. Descend on the winding track through the pasture to the rear of Dovecote Gill and then along an enclosed track at the rear of the house. Emerging at the end of the track near the gate to the house cross a stile on the left.
Cross 5 stiles and a succession of fields always with the Clough River downhill on the left. Eventually the path emerges at the river bank and a bend in the river. After another stile follow the path to Garsdale Bridge and Farfield Mill [worth a visit]. Don't cross the bridge but turn right along the lane. After 1/4 mile the lane emerges at the main Kirkby Stephen - Sedbergh road at Straight Bridge. Pass over the road bridge and immediately turn left down some steps. Now follow the River Rawthey all the way to New Bridge. Turn right along the road and then left into Sedbergh. Walk along the Main Street where there are number of pubs and cafes. The bus stop is opposite Sedbergh Library and next to the Dalesman Pub.
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.
This page was last updated on 13-May-2020
©John Carey 2011