Outhgill in Mallerstang & Pendragon Castle
Enjoy this short (approx 2.5 mile) circular walk from Outhgill, only a few miles south of Nateby. This is a valley walk with the magnificent Mallerstang edge soaring above on one side and Wild Boar Fell on the other. The walking is easy with only a couple of short climbs however as with all walks the going underfoot can be muddy so waterproof walking boots are advised and for extra safety a stick or walking poles are handy. As this walk is neither strenuous or long it is ideal for all members of the family.
Park in the pretty hamlet of Outhgill on the B6259. Walk north along the road (towards Kirkby Stephen) for approx 450 metres looking out on the right hand side of the road for a fingerpost marked Public Footpath Castlethwaite.
Above you, to the left, find the tree house and a garden store with and unusual window (see photo below) and you are on the right track. Turn left following the boundary of the garden to a stile. Once over the stile follow the edge of the undulating field until you meet a wire fence.
|rough pasture can be a bit boggy!|
The footpath / track passes through two white metal gates close to the rear and side of Shoregill House. Follow the track over the bridge and take the footpath on the left following the river downstream. This leads through fields to St Mary's Mallerstang and the main road. Turn left back to the start of your walk.
This walk is an ideal introduction to walking in the dales for children. Who doesn't like a castle or a stream or a picnic? See a shepherd and his faithful dog at work or catch a glimpse of a train steaming along the Settle to Carlisle railway line that cuts through the hillside on the west side of the valley.