2.5 of 5 (17 votes)

Kirkby Stephen Circular via Nateby & Hartley

A moderate walk (countryside) in Cumbria, England, about 10.20km (6.34 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 126m (413ft)
Descent 128m (419ft)
Max. Elevation 270m (885ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 254m (832ft)
Start & End
Kirkby Stephen Railway Station
Distance 10.20km
Duration ~3:00h
2Created by mac.hawk on 06 Jan 2015
A gentle meander along bridleways, a disused railway line and riverbank. Full amenities in Kirkby Stephen. Leeds-Carlsle line trains to the railway station, 563 bus to Penrith via Appleby Mon-Fri - additional mid-week services in summer. Bus users could start in the Market Square and omit the visit to/from the railway station.

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Walk Map

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From the railway station exit Platform One and take the waymarked path through the gate on the right to Halfpenny House.
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At Halfpenny House turn right and follow the track towards Wharton Hall.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Shortly before reaching the hall (and a little after passing a cattle grid) go left into a field along a waymarked path to reach, and cross, a footbridge over the River Eden.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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Turn left & follow the river to a gate in the field corner, go through & head to the right, away from the river, and cross into the next field. Head diagonally left ahead for the field corner.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
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At the tarmac road turn left for 100 yards then right into the bridleway that is Hartley Lane. Follow the walled bridleway until reaching the old railway line.
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
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Descend the embankment and turn right and follow the bed of the track over Podgill & Merrygill viaducts to reach the road near Hartley.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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At the road turn left and turn left again immediately beyond the house ahead (it takes you off the quarry road) and follow the beck through the Village to Hartley Fold.
About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
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At Hartley Fold turn left and follow the road to reach a waymarked footpath on the left and cross the footbridge over the beck.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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Once over the footbridge follow the obvious path running parallel to the fence on your left to eventually reach Frank's Bridge.
About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
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Cross the footbridge and beyond which turn right and then follow the road to the left slightly uphill to reach toilets and Kirkby Stephen Village itself.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Have a wander around the village, the Cloisters & Parish Church are well worth a visit. There a number of shops, pubs & cafe's and it's a good place to eat if you haven't brought a pack-up.
About 0.14 km (~0.09 miles) from
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Return to Frank's Bridge and follow the river bank uostream to a footbridge over an adjoining stream and join the bridleway.
About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from
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Continue along the bridleway following the river upstream to a T-junction and turn right.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
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Follow the path down to the river and take the footbridge over and turn left.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
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Follow the river bank on your left to reach the wooded area shortly after which reach Stenkrith Bridge.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
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Exit the woodland by a path on the right that leads to the road. Turn right very briefly then head up Station Road to pass the caravan park entrance on your left.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
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At the junction with South Road turn left, take the bridge over the disused railway line and enter Jubilee Park.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from
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Follow any trail uphill to reach the Summerhouse then veer right to exit the park. Turn left to soon reach Halfpenny House.
About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
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Retrace your route back to the railway station.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
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Route is approx 7 1/2 miles long.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from

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