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The five arches of Lunds viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway
The five arches of Lunds viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway

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Route No. 513 - Wednesday 24 July 2013
Garsdale Head, Clough Force, Moor Rigg,
Round Ing, Flust, South Lunds circuit - 8km
Grisedale, Cumbria . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley

(This is another fine walk from Ray Brown - Thanks Ray)


The Great Marquess heads The Fellsman excursion train through Garsdale Head
The Great Marquess heads The Fellsman excursion train through Garsdale Head

Clough Force on Grisedale Beck
Clough Force on Grisedale Beck

About 60 metres on our right a squeeze stile at SD 785921 provided access through that wall and we then veered left to walk along the rim of a ravine on our left with the small waterfall Clough Force below us. Following the July heat wave, the force was reduced to a trickle.

Ray's decription of the route - We put the car in the overflow park at Garsdale Head station and watched the weekly Fellsman steam excursion pass by before we set off down the station road to cross over the A684 road to a small gate. With a stone wall immediately on our left, we followed a rough animal track until confronted by a wall ahead.

Squeeze stile at SD 7826 9235
Squeeze stile at SD 7826 9235

Approaching Blake Mire
Approaching Blake Mire

The old farmstead at Blake Mire
The old farmstead at Blake Mire

The ruined farm at Rowantree
The ruined farm at Rowantree

Signpost at Moor Rigg
Signpost at Moor Rigg

However there was no clear path and the route looked difficult so we left it to follow the contour to a signpost and squeeze stile at SD 7826 9235 from where a vestigial track led directly to the property Blake Mire. Skirting around to the right of the house we were directed by signposts, especially one at SD 7784 9290, towards the ruined farm of Rowantree.

The note of a quad-bike announced the arrival of a rude and paranoid man who interrogated us about our route and then disbelieved our responses; his dog was well-behaved. The right-of-way we had been following is then shown on our OL19 map to drop down to the Grisedale Beck at this point

The ruined farm at Rowantree from Aldershaw entrance
The ruined farm at Rowantree from Aldershaw entrance

Grisedale Beck before we reached Moor Rigg
Grisedale Beck before we reached Moor Rigg

Path past the building at Reachey
Path past the building at Reachey

Grisedale Beck before Reachey
Grisedale Beck before Reachey

Lichen laden gatepost after Reachey SD 772 937
Lichen laden gatepost after Reachey SD 772 937

Heading towards Signpost by Galey Hill
Heading towards Signpost by Galey Hill

Passing the house Reachey on our left, a path, initially with flagstones, followed the right bank of the beck towards Galey Hill. On reaching a copse at East Scale, the site of a Quaker graveyard, we turned right for a short scramble up to the signpost we had seen from a distance.

The right-of-way from Rowantree to the farm Moor Rigg, some 320 metres ahead, appeared less friendly than the alternative of turning left down the Aldershaw driveway for 70 metres to the surfaced road serving Grisedale. On reaching Moor Rigg a signpost "East House via Round Ing" sent us over rough pasture towards Grisedale Beck.

Following Grisedale Beck beyond Reachey
Following Grisedale Beck beyond Reachey

Turn before East Scale SD 768939
Turn before East Scale SD 768939

Returning towards Grisedale with Scale in the foreground
Returning towards Grisedale with Scale in the foreground

Ruins of Round Ing SD 7650 9416
Ruins of Round Ing SD 7650 9416

The farmstead at Fea Fow
The farmstead at Fea Fow

Distant Whernside and Ingleborough
Distant Whernside and Ingleborough

At Flust we opted for the higher track rather than joining the lower right-of-way to East House. The track provided us with views of distant Whernside and Ingleborough and took us above the farm of Fea Fow and past a defunct lime kiln modified to an animal shelter before merging with a track rising from East House.

Now following the contour whilst yomping over moorland and traversing a dyke we reached the ruined farmstead of Round Ing at the head of Grisedale. The return route involved a sharp right turn to face east and a climb up to a wall. When the farm Flust appeared ahead and slightly on the left, we yomped towards it via a squeeze stile at SD 7682 9419.

Approaching Flust (SD 7702 9423)
Approaching Flust (SD 7702 9423)

Lime Kiln (SD 7740 9415) Modified into an animal shelter
Lime Kiln (SD 7740 9415) Modified into an animal shelter

Above East House at SD 7777 9391
Above East House at SD 7777 9391

Stile at SD 7832 9349
Stile at SD 7832 9349

A pause at South Lunds
A pause at South Lunds

With fine views of Dandrymire viaduct we descended over Garsdale Low Moor to the A 684, some 200 metres east of the station road. The absence of well-defined footpaths over most of the rights-of-way used in this short route possibly reflects the fact that few would rate it as a five-star walk, but on a fine day it allows the rambler to experience and enjoy the remote and wild Grisedale - Ray Brown

The track petered out to become pasture which in turn developed hillocks, mild impediments to the foot-weary. Bearing somewhat to our left we saw a stile at SD 7832 9349 and an adjacent gate which allowed us to proceed downhill over South Lunds pasture, avoiding sink holes, until we reached the railway, north of Lunds viaduct. Instead of crossing the footbridge we turned abruptly right through a small gate and took the right-of-way south, climbing up Cock Lakes via successive stiles at SD 7897 9290, SD 7890 9262 and SD 7883 9235.

Five arches of Lunds viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway
Five arches of Lunds viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway

Dandrymire viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway
Dandrymire viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway

Heading down to South Lunds
Heading down to South Lunds

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