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From: Hangingstone ScarTo: Keld Lodge, Keld (main route via River Swale)13.9 miles22.4 km496m ascent724m descent
ThumbnailIf you camped out somewhere on Mallerstang Edge, there are a couple of alternatives. Your first decision is to decide whether to follow the edge itself to the north, which is exhilarating but there's no discernible path. An easier choice, and a must in bad visibility, is to locate the quad bike track which you followed yesterday, and continue on it uphill to the summit of Gregory Chapel at 695m. Follow the track north via High Seat (709m) and High Pike Hill (642m), before descending to the B6270 road. If you pressed on to here yesterday, your best bet for a bed is Kirkby Stephen, which has plenty of B and Bs because of its elevated status as a Coast to Coast staging point, and you may even get someone to pick you up from the road. If you do find your way to Kirkby Stephen, make sure you don't get attacked by the resident parrots. We're in Cumbria here, but that's OK as Cumbria is the only other county in England to rival Yorkshire for beauty! From the road, follow the Coast to Coast "Green Route" across the western flank of Nine Standards Rigg. The paths over the Rigg are divided up into 3 routes at different times of year, to avoid erosion caused by countless Coast to Coast walkers. The Green Route does not actually visit the summit, so we need to leave it at its highest point near Rollinson Gill and continue upwards. Eventually you will think you've seen the summit trig point, but actually we bypass the summit and arrive at a view point, and the famous Nine Standards are just beyond. There's a good shelter at the Standards for lunch, then retrace your steps to the viewpoint and on to the true summit at 662m, where there's another shelter nearby. The "decorated" summit of Nine Standards Rigg is impressive, boasting the Nine Standards, the view point, the summit trig point and several wind shelters. The view in good weather is amazing, including the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and even the far off North York Moors which we will meet intimately much later in our walk. In bad weather, make sure you find the summit before continuing on back into Yorkshire on boggy ground on the Coast to Coast Walk "Red Route", heading south to join a track near Ney Gill. There's a free for all cabin up ahead providing emergency accommodation if you're tired or fed up. Assuming you're not fed up, continue on to Ravenseat, where refreshments are available. You'll get chatting to Coast to Coast walkers here, so don't forget to mention the Wild Yorkshire Way so they can tackle it next year. After a brew, you have an option to head north east over Robert's Seat to the famous Tan Hill Inn (see alternative route). On the main route, continue in beautiful surroundings along the Coast to Coast route, but I recommend you join the road at the first bridge over the Swale as you'll be tired by this time and the last climb can be avoided. You will pass Keld Bunk Barn, where camping is available, and soon Keld Lodge will come into view - this is a hotel with beer, food and rooms, but it is usually booked up with Coast to Coast walkers. Further camping is available down the hill in Keld village, but try to stay away from the river, as midges are the tiniest of creatures but the greatest of nuisances. Have a good night in Keld, but don't expect to sit outside on a summer evening, unless you wear a space suit.
Bus LogoKirkby Stephen: KeldBeer LogoRavenseat (unlicensed): Keld Lodge
Train LogoKirkby StephenBed LogoKeld Lodge, Butt House, Keld
Car LogoB6270: Ravenseat: KeldTent LogoRavenseat: Keld Bunk Barn, Rukins, Keld
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