Thursday, 8 September 2016
Road trip - Garsdale & Mallerstang Common
Driving from Sedbergh along Garsdale with fantastic views back towards the Howgill Fells. Then northbound through Mallerstang.
Mallerstang is a civil parish in the extreme east of Cumbria, and, geographically, a dale at the head of the upper Eden Valley. Originally part of Westmorland, it lies about 6 miles south of the nearest town, Kirkby Stephen. Its eastern edge, at Aisgill, borders on North Yorkshire; and since August 2016 it has been within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Mallerstang, like many other Pennine dales, reflects the pattern set a thousand years ago by its Norse settlers (whose language is still evident in the names of many of its geographical features). Its small community is scattered along the 10 kilometres of the dale in a series of isolated houses and small hamlets, with no village