Walks To And From The Moorcock Inn, Garsdale Head

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The following pages include a selection of walks to and from the Moorcock Inn,Garsdale Head including Wild Boar Fell, Baugh Fell, Mallerstang Edge, Great Shunner Fell and Grisedale. All walks make use of the excellent Leeds/Settle to Carlisle Railway service providing wonderful opportunities for linear walks including car owners who can travel one or two stops by train. Back to Yorkshire Dales Contents Page

  • Wild Boar Fell

The Moorcock Inn [01969 667488] welcomes walkers and provides a good finishing point having an excellent selection of ales and food. However it is worth noting that the station is approximately 1 mile from the pub by road and slightly less by the new Pennine Bridleway [see later]. Approximately 30-35 minutes should be allowed for the uphill walk

Alternatively, the Little White Bus could be used for the return trip to the station but it is worth consulting the timetable or a phone call to the driver to ensure that the bus stops - see below.

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Location map of Garsdale Station and the Moorcock Inn


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.

*The above walks can be done as circular walks from the Moorcock or Garsdale ** Involves Little White Bus from Moorcock or Garsdale - Otherwise walks involving using the train for at least one stop

Wild Boar Fell from Swarth Fell Mallerstang Edge
Wild Boar Fell Hell Gill Waterfall
Early Purple Orchid [in May] Mallerstang Edge
Swarth Fell cairn Great Shunner Fell

Information: Equipment: All walks have significant exposure even in Summer. Full equipment including boots, waterproofs, map and compass would be advisable

Maps: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 19 - Howgill Fells and the Upper Eden Valley 1:25,000

Travel Information: www.northernrailway.co.uk- Leeds-Settle-Carlisle timetable - National Rail enquiries tel 08457 484950 or http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Train services (Mon -Sat) - Normal morning departures from Leeds at 0747 or 0919; Shipley 0800 or 0932 arriving at Garsdale at 0921 or 1054. The usual return trains from Garsdale toward Leeds are 1727, 1933 and 2121. Allow about 30-35 minutes to walk to the station from the Moorcock Inn. Don't miss the last train!

Garsdale Station Ruswarp Statue


The Little White Bus: Little White Bus service provides a daily service [now inc Sundays as the 855] between Garsdale Station and Hawes via Hardraw and will go on to any of the nearby villages by request. The Little White Bus is a 16 or 7 seater and can be hailed from anywhere on route but it might be advisable to phone. The bus connects with the southbound and northbound trains. See current timetable for up to date times. In addition there is a demand responsive service which can be booked by prior arrangement and on Sunday this will extend to outlying villages as far as Leyburn. The service is operated by Upper Wensleydale Community Partnership Tel 01969 667400 or contact the driver mobile on 0752 895 7451 - see the link from www.dalesbus.org.

A connection can be made on Sundays in Hawes Market Place with the 856 service to Northallerton providing a useful through route. On a weekday the service is operated by LWB as the 156 operating between Gayle Hawes and Leyburn.

Western Dales Bus - provides another alternative in the locality S1 running from Dent Station on a Saturday throughout the year. The Saturday times from Dent Station are 0935 returning from Sedbergh at 1652. This is useful if walking from Sedbergh to Garsdale or over Baugh Fell or the Garsdale walk. Also there is the S3 connecting Dent Sedbergh and Hawes. These services are operated by Western Dales Bus. Other Cumbria bus times can be located through www.cumbria.org

Other travel information-   A useful link for travel services in the Dales- www.dalesbus.org

Settle Carlisle Partnership a useful website run by the Settle Carlisle Development Company and the Friends of The Settle Carlisle with links to other sites.

Also, the Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line have their own website. This cover the historical facts as well as their useful information on guided walks etc.

Moorcock Inn - Run by landlady Jo Cox and family. A fine hostelry and well worth the walk from Garsdale Station using the recently opened Pennine Bridleway which leads from the station almost to the front door of the pub. Jo and family welcome walkers and always have a good selection of cask ales plus excellent bar meals and cafe bar for those wanting something nonalcoholic. The pub is open during the day [summertime and weekends] and lunchtime/evening on winter weekdays. Light snacks available most times and full meals at lunchtime and from early evening. For the intending train traveller the Moorcock Inn would make an excellent lunchtime destination in itself or combined with a short walk. Please ring 01969 667488 or visit the Moorcock Inn website for further information and opening times.

  • Moorcock Inn

Pennine Bridleway - This has only opened in recent years and consequently is not shown on most OS maps or anywhere else for that matter. This connects Garsdale Station and Lady Anne Highway via the Moorcock Inn and is a considerable improvement on the alternatives. The section leading south from The Moorcock Inn to Garsdale Station is easy to follow and is a proper surfaced path making an excellent alternative to the original road route. The section north of the pub is also now surfaced, the gate being a few metres along the Kirkby Stephen road, This emerges at the track serving Yore House Farm and the bridge across the Ure and Ure Force Waterfalls. bear left and follow the right hand bank for 400m or so. Just beyond Cobbles plantation turn right through a gate leading to a track on the left hand side of the plantation. Halfway up the hill the new path bears left and there are some timber post waymarks. At the top of the hill there is a new gate leading directly onto Lady Anne Highway either towards Hawes or Kirkby Stephen. There is a signpost and marker posts are installed all the way up the hill.

The Pennine Bridleway from Moorcock to Garsdale Station  

Weather The weather forecast and current weather conditions (including cloud level) can be obtained from Met Office which gives the forecast and current conditions for the Yorkshire Dales and Metcheck for the nearby Whernside range of hills. Also see Ribblehead weather station up to the minute status of the local weather at nearby Ribblehead.

Accommodation can be found at the following establishments:-

Moorcock Inn Tel 01969 667488 - Contact: JO Cox

Cotterdale Cottages - self catering in Cotterdale - contact 07894 034070

Garsdale station and signal box at night  

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 25-May-2020

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