4 of 5 (2 votes)

Garsdale circular to Great Shunner Fell summit

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria, England, about 22.30km (13.86 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:45h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 777m (2549ft)
Descent 765m (2509ft)
Max. Elevation 720m (2362ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1542m (5058ft)
Start & End
Garsdale Railway Station
Distance 22.30km
Duration ~8:45h
2Created by mac.hawk on 06 Jan 2016
Another walk from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line. 16+ miles and a lonely walk on the occasions I've done it (never met another soul after leaving/re-joining the train) so maybe bare that in mind. Can be mushy in places it wetter times which can make it a tough walk. Give it plenty of time, you can always detour to the Moorcock Inn at the end of the walk if you have the time!

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SD787917
Exit the railway station and follow the road down hill to the T-junction and turn right for 250 yards.
OS Grid SD788921
Take the RoW footpath on the left over Garsdale Low Moor (can be boggy) to reach a footbridge over the railway line.
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid SD790934
Cross the footbridge and follow the RoW path left or right to reach the road and continue downhill, cross the infant River Ure, to reach the farm at Blades.
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid SD796937
At Blades follow the well defined path uphill for 1/2 mile to reach the wide track at High Dyke that is Lady Anne's Way (or The High Way).
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SD802943
From Lady Anne's Way take a footpath that heads diagonally right, uphill onto the open moor for a little over 1/2 mile to reach a wall corner.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid SD813942
At the wall corner the path descends into woodland at Swallow Hole. Continue descending along the RoW directly through the woodland (ignore any track you meet) for 1/2 mile to exit the wood.
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SD826940
After exiting the woodland cross West Gill (Beck) and follow it's northern bank to soon reach a narrow road by East Gill Beck.
About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SD831938
Upon reaching the road turn left and follow the road for 1/4 mile, passing intermittent housing, to reach a waymarked bridleway on the right.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid SD832942
The bridleway enters woodland and soon joins a wide track heading left uphill. Ignore two junctions on the left.
About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
OS Grid SD833949
After 1/2 mile reach a junction on the right and follow it as it zig-zags uphill to reach a wall where you exit the woodland.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
OS Grid SD836948
Just beyond the wall reach a bridleway track and turn left, following the track as it rises the hill relatively gently.
About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
OS Grid SD838955
On the map the RoW runs out after 1/2 mile but at this point simply head directly uphill for 1/4 mile to reach the wide track of the Pennine Way at Crag End Beacon.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
OS Grid SD843955
At the Pennine Way turn left and follow for 1 1/4 miles to reach the summit shelter (note the trigpoint is part of the northern 'arm' of the shelter).
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
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The third highest mountain in post-1974 Yorkshire. From here retrace your route back into Cotterdale village (Waypoint 8).
About 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid SD832938
Take a footpath that follows the southern bank of East Gill (Beck) and just before East & West Gill (Becks) combine take a footbridge over West Gill to shortly reach a road.
About 3.81 km (~2.37 miles) from
OS Grid SD832932
Cross the road and take the waymarked footpath as it gently rises uphill across Low Rigg. Cross a wall and at a second wall re-join the wide track that is Lady Anne's Way (The High Way).
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid SD830928
At Lady Anne's Way (The High Way) turn right and follow the track for approx 2 1/4 miles back to High Dyke.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SD803942
At High Dyke simply retrace your route back to the railway station at Garsdale (a detour to the Moorcock Inn might be welcome if you have the time).
About 2.99 km (~1.86 miles) from
OS Grid SD787916
The walk is approx 16 miles. In the wet season it can be quite 'mushy' in places and if you catch it on such a day it can be a pretty tough walk.
About 2.98 km (~1.85 miles) from

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