Nine Standards Rigg
Walk 1 - a walk from Kirkby Stephen Station to Nine Standards Rigg (662m) the highest peak in the area - 10 miles - 5 hours - by car or train. This in not the most imaginative route but a practical one allowing access from the train. The views from the top will more than make up for the stretch of road walking above Hartley and again on the return from Kirkby Stephen to the station Back to Kirkby Stephen
The walk starts from Kirkby Stephen Station or the town centre if arriving by car. On leaving the station take the station footpath passing through the gate in the access road. Continue downhill to Halfpenny House. Continue straight on passing over driveway to Wharton Hall. Cross the field and bear left to follow the river bank passing over a stile enroute. The path eventually emerges on a narrow footpath and steps just below a caravan park. The path now enters the ravine and waterfall at Stenkrith Bridge emerging at the road just above. Cross the road and pass through the gate on the other side. This drops down below road level to cross the Millennium Bridge giving a spectacular view of the ravine. Now on the other side of the River Eden turn left to follow the disused Stainmore Railway line for 1/2 mile passing over Podgill and Merrygill viaducts enroute. Just after Merrygill Viaduct the path drops to meet the minor road through Hartley. Turn right to quickly ascend the perimeter of Hartley Quarry and winds its way up the hill for 1.5 miles becoming a stony track. Continuing along the track with a wall on the right turn left onto a path to make the final ascent to Nine Standards Rigg. The spectacular row of large cairns come into view only near the end of the climb and the views are impressive.
On leaving the cairns make for the trig point, a short distance to the south. Now, rather than take the same route back take a southwesterly course on e feint path dropping down the fell avoiding boggy areas at Rollinson Hags to join the track at a lower level. Bear right and eventually meet the original track for the return to Kirkby Stephen. Retrace steps down the hill following the minor road. However, as the road turns into Hartley immediate bear left to cross a small footbridge. The path become a minor road between houses. After a short while turn left t take the path to Kirkby Stephen. This drops down to cross the River Eden at Franks Bridge and the climbs up the street on the far side to quickly enter the Market Square.
There are several hostelries in the town centre plus a number of tea rooms. However the down side is the walk back to the station which will take 40-45 minutes. There is no regular bus service. If preferred one of the local taxis can used. Otherwise follow the main road to just over the railway bridge for the disused Stainmore line. Turn left on to the driveway as the road veres right and then turn right at Halfpenny House to take the footpath back to the station
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
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