St Catherine's Church, Eskdale copyright LDNPA

Miles Without Stiles 19: Dalegarth to St Catherine's Church, Eskdale

Miles Without Stiles

Mainly a loop route with two spur path options. This route links the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Station to Boot, with resting places by St. Catherine’s Church and the River Esk. OS Explorer Map OL6.

Route for some. A circular walk. 2.5km distance.


Leave Dalegarth station and turn right on to the main road. Take care as this can be busy in summer and at weekends. Follow the road for just over 250 metres until you reach a side road to your left, opposite the old school, and the war memorial. Just over 100 metres up this road, a gate on the left leads to a walled track known as “Parson’s Passage”. *

Pass through the gate and follow the path which winds alongside the River Esk.

After just over 150 metres, at the crossroads, the right turn takes you down to St. Catherine’s Church (12th Century) and the River Esk; a good spot to linger, sit on the bench and take in the woodland and riverside setting.

To complete the loop, head back up the stone track, with St. Catherine’s church on your left. As you round the bend to the right, by Church House, you will notice a straight, walled track called “The Tramway”. This is a lovely 400 metre there-and-back spur to the loop which takes in the route of an old railway track from Eskdale’s mining era. At the bottom of the Tramway, there is an option to continue along a short, narrow stretch to the Girder Bridge (built on two railway girders).

To return to Dalegarth Station, continue on the main stone track past Esk View Farm on the right, until it becomes a smooth tarmac road. Take care as you reach the Brookhouse Inn and the main road once more. Turn left onto the main road and after just over 200 metres you will see Dalegarth station on the right.

A short distance up this road you come to Trough House Bridge. This arched stone bridge crosses a dark chasm gouged out by the River Esk.  On the other side of the bridge, a gate on the left leads to a delightful new spur path, called “Anne’s Walk”, in memory of Anne Stanley of Dalegarth Hall.

Please note the map below has yet to be updated.  This is a 'for some' standard route, due to slopes of 1:6 for 30 metres between grid refs: NY17201 00435 and NY17191 00421; a short section on the "Anne's Walk" spur at grid ref: NY17184 00387 (also 1:6); and a slope of 1:5 at grid ref: NY17210 00475 through the gate into Parson’s passage.


Start point:

Dalegarth station.

Postcode: CA19 1TG
Grid reference: NY 173007
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Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 176002
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None on route, but car parking, toilets (with disabled and baby changing facilities) and café at Dalegarth station, plus pubs in Boot. There is also a LDNPA car park at Trough House Bridge (on section of route 'for many') just past the turn off for Anne's Walk (GR171 003, W3W angry.cringes.rating).

Getting there:

Train: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway can accommodate wheelchair users. Details on
Car: turn right into Dunnerdale before Duddon Bridge and follow signs for Eskdale Green over Birker Fell. From the coast, take the A595 north from Ravenglass and turn right on a minor road signposted Santon Bridge and Eskdale. Dalegarth station is 10 km up the valley.