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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Inscription, St Mary's Church, Outhgill
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.
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
rail workers in the corner of the graveyard.
There are 25 unmarked graves.