3.9 of 5 (4 votes)

Nine Standards Rigg from Kirkby Stephen

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Cumbria, England, about 16.40km (10.19 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 528m (1732ft)
Descent 519m (1702ft)
Max. Elevation 660m (2165ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1047m (3434ft)
Start & End
Kirkby Stephen Railway Station
Distance 16.40km
Duration ~6:15h
2Created by mac.hawk on 04 Dec 2015
Nine Standards Rigg is an iconic hilltop in this part of Cumbria. The summit can be an isolated spot in inclement weather and the surrounding moor can be very boggy. In wet conditions keep to the RoW's. The descent down Nateby Common is simple if you keep to the wall. The walk could easily start from the village itself. Kirkby Stephen is on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle rail line. Bus 563 from Penrith

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Walk Map

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OS Grid NY760067
Exit the station & take the tarmac footpath to Halfpenny House, take a wayposted footpath ahead & follow the wall at left to a stile, cross and follow the river,below on the right,to Stenkrith Bridge.
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At Stenkrith Bridge you need to exit onto the road, turn right over the bridge to gain access to the old railway line.
About 1.37 km (~0.85 miles) from
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Follow the old railway line over Merrygill & Podgill viaducts (look for the information boards en-route) to reach the road east of Hartley.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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Upon reaching the road turn right - but please take care as busy Hartley Quarry is immediately on the right. The road climbs steeply uphill.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Simply follow the road to where it ends and at the track junction take the left had fork initially following a wall on the right.
About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
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Follow the bridleway - it shortly leaves the wall on the right to rejoin it 1/4 mile further on. After another 1/2 mile the wall/bridleway veers fairly sharply right and follow it briefly.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
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After the right turn, a wide, eroded track heads (left) up the open moor. Follow it to the summit but be warned, in the rainy season it can be very muddy.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid NY824065
The route leads to the summit, the 9 pillars and away to the right, the triangulation pillar.
About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from
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From the trig point veer diagonally right across Rollinson Hags to rejoin the bridleway. NOTE: this area can be notoriously boggy, if in any doubt return to Point 6 & follow the bridleway from there.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
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The bridleway rejoins the wall and where the wall turns sharp right follow it as it runs north of Tailbridge Hill/Nateby Common and starts to descend.
About 1.58 km (~0.98 miles) from
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Simply keep the wall on your immediate right for a little over 1 1/2 miles to reach the B6270 road into Nateby and follow it downhill into the village.
About 2.62 km (~1.63 miles) from
OS Grid NY773067
At Nateby, in addition to the Black Bull Inn, you'll find 3 waymarked routes on the left to the footbridge over the River Eden, take any and once over the footbridge head straight uphill to a stile.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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The stile leads onto a track and turn right and follow it back to Halfpenny House.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
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At Halfpenny house retrace your route back along the tarmac path up to the railway station.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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The walk is approx 10 1/2 miles (excluding any detour to avoid bog).
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from

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