Walks To And From The Moorcock Inn, Garsdale Head (And The Surrounding Area)
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.
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 dep Moorcock 17:15 [Fri and Sat] and 19.05 [Mon - Sat] [Dec 2013] 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
*The above walks can be done as circular walks from the Moorcock or Garsdale ** Involves 113 bus from Moorcock or Garsdale - Otherwise walks involving using the train for at least one stop
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
Train services (Mon -Sat) - Normal morning departure is the Leeds 0849 Shipley 0902 arriving at Garsdale at 1022. The usual return train from Garsdale toward Leeds is 1727 [Mon -Sat] or last train 1922 [Mon - Fri] and 1915 [Sat][as at Dec 2013]. Allow about 30-35 minutes to walk to the station from the Moorcock Inn. Don't miss the last train! In this event the only option would be a taxi run to reach the 2100 departure from Ribblehead!
The 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 neaby 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, key Saturday bus departure times from Garsdale Sta being 1040 dep and 1655 or 1845 dep Hawes on the return. 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
Western Dales [Dent] Bus - Another useful bus is the 564A service which runs from Dent Station to Kendal. This is operated by Western Dales Bus and runs Saturdays throughout the year with a limited Sunday service in the Summer. The bus times at the time of writing are 1020 depart Dent Sta and 1500 and 1650 depart Sedbergh on the return. This is useful if walking from Sedbergh to Garsdale or over Baugh Fell. Cumbria bus times can be located through Cumbria Bus Timetables This service whilst recently under threat has been assured.
The Wensleydale Vintage Bus runs between Garsdale station and Redmire several times a week for most of the year (details on the Wensleydale Railway website).
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.
Moorcock Inn - Run by landlady Caz Sanderson. 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. Caz welcomes walkers and always has a good selection of cask ales plus excellent bar meals. 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.
Pennine Bridleway - This has only opened recently 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 trun 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 should by now be a signpost at this point but the new gate roughly corresponds with when Moorcock Inn and Yore House Bridge are in direct line. Signposts are currently being installed.
Weather The weather forecast and current weather conditions (including cloud level) can be obtained from Metcheck which gives the forecast and current conditions for the nearby Whernside range of hills. Also see Ribblehead weather station up to the minute status of the local weather at nearby Ribblehead. Another useful forecast service for the Yorkshire Dales is provided by the Met Office
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 consult the relevant OS map.
This page was last updated on 03-Jan-2015
©John Carey 2010