Sunday, 13th July 2014

Walk: Scales abandoned Quaker settlement, Grisedale Common and The Highway and Hell Gill.
Start Point: Garsdale Station car park Grid Reference: SD 788 918
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 2,100 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: A warm day with light rain early in the day giving way to broken cloud and sunshine.
Comments: As the day was warm and with no hard climbs, a leisurely pace was maintained. The first section of our walk was a short leg along a road to the moorland fields. With light rain and thigh high grasses, the leader soon became rather wet, (I should have put my overtrousers on). We soon reached the long abandoned Quaker community at Scales with its own graveyard. Heading in an Easterly direction and with the rain ceasing, we climbed over Grisedale Common for Mallerstang valley. Turning north and following the road and railway (Settle to Carlisle) we arrived at the county boundary between Cumbria and North Yorkshire. With a short easy climb we reached the High Way and Hell Gill. The Gill is approximately 20-30 feet deep and has been formed by the a small stream which becomes the river Eden. The High Way is exactly as it says and it lead us to Thwaite Bridge Common with its excellent views over the valley. The last leg of the walk was on paths closely following the River Ure (it also starts very close to Hell Gill) to the Moorcock in and finally to Garsdale station.

Leaving the car park - the puddle is evidence of the overnight rain

Highland cattle . . .

seem to be posing . . .

or perhaps they are watching to see if we follow the sign . . .

but I'm pleased to say that we didn't!

Karen spots a field orchid in the hedgerow . . .

before checking out alternative transport

We follow the line of Grisedale Beck as the drizzle closes in

Reachey is a Grade II listed property renovated from a ruin in 2005/6

The group checks out the sign on the tree . . .

which tells us that there is a Quaker burial ground here

A slight detour passes the ruins of East Scale . . .

to reach West Scale . . .

where a beam needs a little TLC . . .

and the spiral staircase looks a little worse for wear

Better watch out for the wall - and the nettles!

A rocky outcrop provides good seating for a morning break

A friendly pony . . .

enjoys a good rub

Karen spots another field orchid . . .

and some more

Crossing a minor road . . .

and the county boundary

At Aisgill Moor Cottages . . .

the group checks out the garden . . .

and spots an interloper!

Hell Gill

Les takes it easy . . .

when we stop for lunch . . .

near another ruin

Looks a bit small for a lime kiln

Zooming in on Dandrymire Viaduct

Looking towards Appersett from The High Way

Tony and John explore . . .

a 'proper' lime kiln

Crossing the River Ure . . .

before passing The Moorcock Inn - must have done a lot of trade last week when the Tour de France passed this way!

Dandrymire Viaduct

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