Lady Anne Highway
Walk 3 - A fairly easy but long linear walk from Kirkby Stephen Station following the upper Eden valley along Lady Anne Highway, an old coaching road, to Garsdale Station via the Moorcock Innpassing a few points of interest enroute - 12 miles (13.5 miles from town) - 5 hours. By Car or train - if arriving by car it will be necessary to park at Kirkby Stephen and return travel one stop on the train. Back to Kirkby Stephen Walks
Continue along the grassy track for 1 mile to Hell Gill ravine crossing the old stone bridge with impressive ravine below. Continue along the gently undulating 'highway' shortly taking the left hand fork [at a vehicle prohibition sign] eventually with a wall to the right. After 3/4 mile the ruin of High Hall is reached after a ford. Proceed for another 1/2 mile along the highway reaching a gate across the track. There are now two main options for the return.
The easiest route involves passing through the large gate and carrying on along the highway passing High Dyke farmhouse after 1/2 mile. The track then dips into a small ravine and has been subject to landslip in the past. After about 1/4 mile look for a new signpost and gate in the wall. Pass through the gate with a lime kiln on the left. This is the new Pennine Bridleway and is waymarked with wooden posts down to the side of Cobbles Plantation and emerging at Ure Force waterfalls. Cross the bridge and follow the bridleway to reach the Moorcock Inn.
The second option takes in Shaws Waterfall and Lunds Church: Passing through the stile immediately before the aforementioned gate 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.
Bear left at the church and passing through a stile over Cowshaw Hill and two more stiles. This now becomes difficult to follow and some map reading is required! With the pasture boundary on the right look for a stile at the slight change in direction. Turn right to pass over the stile and then immediately left passing over very rough pasture towards Blades, a small hamlet of cottages. The path has been redirected pass to the left (rear) of the farmhouse through two stiles and crossing a small stream joins the farm access track. At a right hand bend in the track go straight on following the left hand bank of the River Ure. Eventually the path will meet Ure Force waterfalls and an old bridge with it's modern replacement alongside. Cross the bridge and follow the Pennine Bridleway to the Moorcock Inn. Please note that this latter option whilst having the attraction of a visit to Shaws waterfall and Lunds Church can be unpleasantly muddy between Lunds and Blades Farm.
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 minutes should be allowed for this uphill walk! Remember that northbound trains run from the nearest platform.
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 19-May-2020
©John Carey 2009