Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2020
A full day walk as part of a small group of usually no more than six people plus your guide to explore the countryside, hills and moorland to the east of Kirkby Stephen. This will include a visit the famous Nine Standards Rigg near to the summit of Hartley Fell (662m above sea level).
Nine Standards Rigg takes its name from the line of huge cairns that stand on the edge of the escarpment. The origin of these 'stone men' is a complete mystery.
Although described here as 'The Yorkshire Dales', this walk is actually just outside of the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but still in beautiful countryside.
From the small town of Kirkby Stephen, we take countryside paths through fields and woodland to Ewbank Scar where the Ladthwaite Beck races down a rocky groove at the bottom of a limestone cliff. We continue up the hillside until eventually reaching the famous Nine Standards Rigg cairns. For our return, re re-trace our steps back down the hillside. On a clear day there are far-reaching views across the countyside and to the North Pennines. The final part of our walk is down a quiet country lane.
The walk is about 9 miles/15km with approx 550 metres of ascent. The paths are uneven, and steep in a few places. They can be quite muddy and slippery if there as been rainfall.
The price is £38 per person. Please book and pay below. You are booking with Cath Lee who will guide the walk on the day.
We meet at about 9:45am to be ready to set off at 10:00am. The meeting place is outside the Upper Eden Visitor Centre in front of the Kings Arms Hotel, in the centre of the small town of Kirkby Stephen. Post Code CA17 4QN.
There is a large free car park just a couple of minutes walk from Kirkby Stephen town centre. Turn off the main street at a mini-roundabout into Silver Street. Continue a short distance up the road which then becomes Christian Head, and the car park entrance is on the left, just before the school. The nearest post code for the car park is CA17 4HA. There is a pedestrian short cut to the town centre from the far end of the car park.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Kirkby Stephen is ideal and has a good choice of B&Bs and hotels.