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Outhgill, Mallerstang Edge, High Seat, Gregory Chapel, Lady's Pillar, Sails trig point, Water Cut sculpture, Cumbria.
[16.5 km]  Tue 16 Jun 2020

Lat/Long: 54.3995570, -2.3355470
OS Grid Ref: NY 78313 00506
A very gloomy drive north on the the M6 motorway to Tebay where I left and headed east to Kirkby Stephen. I then turned right and south on B6259 through Nateby and passed Outhgill in Mallerstang where I parked near Frang Bridge. There is an unsurfaced parking area but had two long abandoned yellow vehicles using most of it. I managed to find a small area adjacent where I could fit my car on the grass. I was concerned about the weather forecast as heavy thunderstorms were predicted for around 13:00.

Faraday Cottage
former Blacksmiths shop
I set off walking north on the B6259 back to Outhgill where I photographed St Mary’s Church and then Faraday House which used to be the Blacksmiths where James Faraday, the blacksmith worked. He left the area with his family in 1791 and moved to London where his son Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was born. The building across the side road had a very large benchmark carved in it.
Andy Goldsworthy artwork
 I followed the minor lane east and took a photo of the Jew Stone that I visited last week. Then I passed the Andy Goldsworthy stone artwork in the old Pinfold then up through the gates to the building that replaced the Old School. Through another gate I was onto the fellside but it was very hazy obscuring all surrounding views. It was quite warm and felt like heavy rain could arrive. The first part of the trail was very indistinct and it eventually vanished. It got steep up by Sloe Brae Gill. Fortunately it was good under foot and the steep parts posed no particular problems. Eventually I reached the tall cairn which I was able to see on most of the climb. As always it wasn't the summit and I still had another uphill stretched across boggy ground to reach High Seat and a small cairn. I made a short detour northeast to visit the main cairn on the summit then reversed back to head south along a pleasant green path. The weather had cleared a bit and I could see ahead and eventually the large pile of stones came into view that the map calls Gregory Chapel.

 Gregory Chapel.
When I arrived I obviously checked to see if any stones had been dressed or shaped for building but none were. By the cairn was a stone shelter. I continued along the easy path and then up across wet ground towards Hugh Seat. Below me was Red Gill and the source of the river Eden. At the cairn I continued to the west to visit Ladies Pillar which is a monument to Lady Anne Clifford. As I approached the first thing I saw was a stone with the inscription FHL 1890. On the other side of the pillar is the inscription AP 1664 [AP is for Anne Pembroke, Lady Anne Clifford's married name.

Lady's Pillar looking west.

House in Mosdale with small hut and chimney.
The pillar was erected in 1664 to commemorate Sir Hugh de Morville, Lady Anne's predecessor as Lord of the Manor of Mallerstang. (Sir Hugh was one of the four knights responsible for the murder of Archbishop St.Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170).] from Wikipedia. I headed south towards Burnt Cragg to visit the site of an old back-packing camp when on trek towards Wolf Fell. To get back to my route I crossed rough ground to the east towards Scarth of Scaiths.

 Tarn near the summit.
On the way I noticed the i
There was hardly any wind and the weather continued to clear with some patches of blue sky. 1.5 km in the distance was Sails which was my main objective. There was some boggy ground to cross but when I arrived it was solid and easy walking. The map gives it an altitude of 666 m. There is a low cairn and adjacent Ordnance Survey trig point of the ground level brass bolt type with a concrete surrounding marker ring. It was slightly below ground level so I cleared some of the grass and earth away and cleaned it before taking some photos.
Big sky.

Sails trig point & small cairn.

Sails trig point concrete ring and brass bolt in the centre.

 Looking back up to the fells.
I then started my descent to the northwest but there was no sign of any path. Fortunately there was a large cairn to head for and just below was some sheltered ground where I ate my lunch time sandwiches. The descent to the west continued fairly rough but steady going until I reached Hell Gill Bridge and the main path heading north west. It was an easy limestone path and I continued to the artwork called ‘Water Cut’ by Mary Bourne which are limestone slabs with a wavy hole between.

 Water Cut artwork by Mary Bourne

 St Mary's Mallerstang.
It seemed to take a long time as I descended the track and lower down it was loose limestone where I had to take extra care. The weather hadn't cleared very much and the views were still quite hazy. Eventually I reached the road and back to my car. Before leaving the area I wanted to visit St Mary's church at Outhgill. I called last week but it was locked. Yesterday I rang the number on the door to allow access and was told it would be opened for me today. When I arrived I found the door unlocked and was able to get inside to take a few photos.
St Mary's interior.
The church was rebuilt in 1663 by Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676). There was a couple outside and the man was cutting the grass.
Inscription, St Mary's Church, Outhgill
'This chapple of Mallerstang, after itt had layne ruinous and decayed some 50 or 60 years, was new repayred by the Lady Anne Clifford, Countesse Dowager of Pembroke, Dorsette & Montgomery in the year 1663 who allsoe endowed the same with lands which she purchased in Cawtley near Sedbergh to the yearly value of eleaven pounds for ever. Isaiah Chap 58 ver 12. God's name be praised.'

St Mary's interior.

Deed of endowment of Mallerstang Chapel signed by Lady Anne Clifford 22 Nov 1667.

Revd Joseph Brunskill (1826-1903) curate of Mallerstang 1853-1855 seen outside Threlkeld Rectory.

Travers McIntire.


1870 - 1875
In memory of those men and their families who died during the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway and are burried in the Churchyard.
Erected in 1997 by Public Subscription.

Memorial to rail workers in the corner of the graveyard.
There are 25 unmarked graves.
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