Hebblethwaite Gill

Walk 8 - Sedbergh to Hebblethwaite Gill circular - 7 miles - 4 hours - By car or train/bus, An easy low level walk with slight uphill stretches and return along River Rawthey. The highlight is the ravine at Hebblethwaite Gill where Adam Sedgwick made some important geological observations in the exposed rock formation in the early 1800s. This is the Dent Fault and an intersection between the rock formations of the Yorkshire Dales and the older formations of the Lake District.

Start in the centre of Sedbergh and walk out town along the Kirkby Stephen road turning right along the main road to Hawes. This crosses New Bridge. Unfortunately there is a stretch of road walking for nearly 1/2 mile eventually turning left onto a bridleway with a tarmac surface. This leads to the rear of Farfield Mill, worth a visit in its' own right. Cross Garsdale Bridge and turn immediately right to follow left hand river bank. After a while the path leaves the river bank and strikes out left across a large field to reach the track leading to Dovecote Gill.


Follow the track to the right hand side of Dovecote Gill which soon begins to gain height and bear to the left emerging at a gate leading to open pasture. Turn left. Follow the track along the side of the fell with the wall on the left crossing a small ravine and emerging at the rear of Fellgate, a farmhouse. Follow the fell side gaining height slightly very soon emerging at the ravine above Hebblethwaite Gill. Take a while to explore the area but take care of the sharp drops. For those feeling brave proceed to the rocky promontory in the bend in the stream below. This is an excellent vantage point to observe the rock formations and there is a ready made seat here. Take car on the way back.

Turn downhill through the fell gate and across pasture with the ravine on the right heading downhill towards a gate and track to Sarthwaite, a deserted famstead which is worth a quick detour. Retrace steps along the track and passing through some gate posts proceed across the pasture towards Hebblethwaite Gill. The path may not be immediately obvious but down in the tree line ravine is a footbridge. This make take some searching!. The path climbs steeply up the far side of the gill and crossing a field emerges at Hebblethwaite Hall.

Turn left down the farm access road for 1/4 mile. At a sharp bend in the road go straight on towards Ghyllas Farm currently used as an Alpaca centre. The path proceeds down the farm drive for a few metres and then turns left through the woods to meet the main road to Kirkby Stephen. Proceed along the road to Straight Bridge and the River Rawthey. Crossing the road bridge turn left on to the right hand bank which is followed back to New Bridge and Sedbergh

The return bus departs from outside the Dalesman pub /Post Office. Be sure not to miss it! If time permits the Howgills tea room [halfway along the main street] is excellent plus which there are a number of pubs to choose from.

The 564A service has now been assured into the foreseeable future. This is an excellent means of reaching Dent Village or Sedbergh whether to walk or visit the pubs, cafes and heritage centre. The Saturday bus times at the time of writing are depart Dent Sta 1020, and on the return Sedbergh 1500, 1650 or depart Dent village 1515, 1705. Please consult the timetable

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This page was last updated on 26-Dec-2013


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