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From: Cow Dub FarmTo: Hangingstone Scar13.5 miles21.7 km881m ascent552m descent
ThumbnailMake no mistake, today is a hard day, although there are alternatives available if the weather is bad. From the farm, head back up the road and take the bridleway up the north bank of Artengill Beck. Just before the summit a bridleway turns left, and this is the recommended bad weather route, as navigation become difficult from now on. On the main route in good weather, continue for a little further then turn left up hill at the col, and climb to Great Knoutberry Hill. This is a tremendous viewpoint, one of the best in the Dales, the highlight being the majestic profile of Scafell and Scafell Pike, separated by Broad Stand and Mickledore. From here, things get tricky, as there's no obvious path. If you head slightly east of north, you will reach Widdale Tarns, and from there you can tramp north across the open moor to eventually reach a track down to the Coal Road. The quickest route down is north west, picking a route between ankle breaking tussocks of grass. There is a path marked on some maps, but I could find no trace of it on the ground. In poor weather, this should be avoided and in fact there's no point as there will be no view to enjoy, so take the bridleway which contours around the fell to join the Coal Road. In really bad weather, just take the road north west from Cow Dub Farm and turn right past Dent station on the Coal Road. I'm not normally a fan of road walking, but the Coal Road is an exception - a magnificent high level route with superb views including the Scafells and Great Gable to the west. Eventually, you will descend to Garsdale Station, but sadly there are no refreshments available here. Continue past the station and a row of cottages, then turn right and follow the bridleway to the Moorcock Inn - a very welcome establishment in upper Wensleydale. Good food and accommodation is available here, but it's probably too early (unless you get a taxi back later, see below), so on we go. Follow the bridleway north east past the River Ure up onto the ridge, then contour north west, passing the infant River Ure, until you reach Hell Gill Bridge. At this point a decision needs to be made which depends on your fitness, equipment and weather. The route heads uphill from here on to Mallerstang Edge, where I camped wild, but many walkers will not want to camp. Once you head up here, the next habitation is not until Ravenseat near Keld, and the only escape route is the B6270 road between Kirkby Stephen and Keld, where you will need a taxi. If you're aiming for the B6270 road, this will add over 4 miles and some more climbing to an already long day. The third alternative is to descend from Hell Gill to the B6259 road, then get a taxi back to the Moorcock Inn. There's a very convenient taxi company right next door, which also offers high quality accommodation, but you will have to climb up again the next day. On our route, turn right after Hell Gill alongside a coppice, where there's no path. A fence roughly shows the way up, and it's difficult going. At about the 500m contour, look out for a faint quad bike track, which you can then follow up to the summit of Gregory Chapel and beyond. I camped near a wind shelter on Hangingstone Scar near Raven's Nest, but you can choose your own pitch. Obviously any extra miles you do will reduce your load tomorrow, so enjoy your night in the Wild Yorkshire Hills.
Bus LogoCowgill: GarsdaleBeer LogoMoorcock Inn
Train LogoDent: Garsdale: Kirkby StephenBed LogoKirkby Stephen, Moorcock Inn
Car LogoCowgill: Coal Road: A684: B6259: B6270Tent LogoMallerstang Edge (wild)
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