Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The trail follows the old railway line between Nateby Road and Hartley. It give good views across the surrounding countryside and has a level firm surface for most of its length. There is no formal car park. Cars can be left in the roads nearby. The start of the trail is about 1Km south of Kirkby Stephen on the B6359 at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NY772074.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, January 2009 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.7 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

There is no formal car park. Cars can be left in the roads nearby. The start of the trail is about 1Km south of Kirkby Stephen on the B6359 at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference  NY772074.There are two gates at the entrance. The kissing gate has a width of 850mm but a restricted clearance of 350mm.

Start There is no formal car park. Cars can be left in the roads nearby. The start of the trail is about 1Km south of Kirkby Stephen on the B6359 at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NY772074.There are two gates at the entrance. The kissing gate has a width of 850mm but a restricted clearance of 350mm.

The larger gate has a hook and chain to latch it which may be a little difficult to reach from the road side. It opens away from the road and is not self closing.

Gate The larger gate has a hook and chain to latch it which may be a little difficult to reach from the road side. It opens away from the road and is not self closing.

The path is of crushed stone and firm and even for most of the route. Most of the route is wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Width The path is of crushed stone and firm and even for most of the route. Most of the route is wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

There is a seat just inside the gate.

Seat There is a seat just inside the gate.

Another seat is close by. The path is about 1.2m wide for most of its length.

Seat Another seat is close by. The path is about 1.2m wide for most of its length.

Information about the trail and the history of the railway line on which it is built is provided near the bridge and at various other points along the walk.

Information Information about the trail and the history of the railway line on which it is built is provided near the bridge and at various other points along the walk.

From the bridge there are good views of the water falls below.

View From the bridge there are good views of the water falls below.

 

View

Another seat is available at the end of the bridge.

Seat Another seat is available at the end of the bridge.

On the old railway line the path is level and firm.

Gradient On the old railway line the path is level and firm.

There may be occasional muddy  patches especially after wet weather.

Surface There may be occasional muddy patches especially after wet weather.

A decorative plinth also serves as a seat.

Seat A decorative plinth also serves as a seat.

The path may be a little uneven where leaves and other material has got on to the surface.

Surface The path may be a little uneven where leaves and other material has got on to the surface.

Seats are also available on the more informal paths along the old railway line.

Seat Seats are also available on the more informal paths along the old railway line.

Seats are regularly provided close to the path.

Seat Seats are regularly provided close to the path.

Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

Information Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

Wetter areas along the path may be muddy at times.

Surface Wetter areas along the path may be muddy at times.

There is a cross gradient of 6% (1:17) for 25m

Gradient There is a cross gradient of 6% (1:17) for 25m

The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

Gate The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

The path may narrow a little where grass has grown onto the surface.

Width The path may narrow a little where grass has grown onto the surface.

In the cuttings the path tends to be a little wetter and muddier following wet weather.

Surface In the cuttings the path tends to be a little wetter and muddier following wet weather.

Seats are close to the path.The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

Seat Seats are close to the path.The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

On the embankments the path tends to stay drier.

Surface On the embankments the path tends to stay drier.

There is a short stretch where the surface stone is a little loose.

Surface There is a short stretch where the surface stone is a little loose.

The seats provide attractive views of the adjoining countryside.

Seat The seats provide attractive views of the adjoining countryside.

The seats provide attractive views of the adjoining countryside.

Seat The seats provide attractive views of the adjoining countryside.

There is further information about the history of the railway line given at one of the two shelters along the route.

Information There is further information about the history of the railway line given at one of the two shelters along the route.

The shelters also provide seats.

Seat The shelters also provide seats.

The shelters also provide seats.

Seat The shelters also provide seats.

Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

Information Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

 

Path

Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

Information Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

 

Path

The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

Gate The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

In the cutting the path may become a little wet and muddy at times.

Surface In the cutting the path may become a little wet and muddy at times.

There is a 5m rise onto the viaduct with a gradient of 7% (1:14).

Gradient There is a 5m rise onto the viaduct with a gradient of 7% (1:14).

At the viaduct there are loose stones. on parts of the surface.

Surface At the viaduct there are loose stones. on parts of the surface.

 

View

Views of the surrounding countryside area available from the viaduct.

View Views of the surrounding countryside area available from the viaduct.

 

View

 

Path

Details of the North Viaduct Trust are provided on a sign by the viaduct.

Information Details of the North Viaduct Trust are provided on a sign by the viaduct.

 

Path

There is a cross gradient of 8% (1:12) for about 10m.

Gradient There is a cross gradient of 8% (1:12) for about 10m.

Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

Information Some local paths and bridleways link to the trail.

The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

Path The gate has an easy to operate latch and opens both ways. It is self closing.

There is further information about the history of the railway line given at one of the two shelters along the route.

Information There is further information about the history of the railway line given at one of the two shelters along the route.

The shelters also provide seats.

Seat The shelters also provide seats.

One of the seats provided give a view straight down the old railway line to the second viaduct.

Seat One of the seats provided give a view straight down the old railway line to the second viaduct.

Passing places are provided on the path along most of its length.

Width Passing places are provided on the path along most of its length.

The second viaduct has a clear path across it and a loss stone surface throughout.

Surface The second viaduct has a clear path across it and a loss stone surface throughout.

Again fine views of the countryside are available from the viaduct.

View Again fine views of the countryside are available from the viaduct.

A seat is available at what is effectively the end of the linear trail.

Seat A seat is available at what is effectively the end of the linear trail.

There is a very steep (25% (1:4) decent to leave the railway line at Hartley.

Barrier There is a very steep (25% (1:4) decent to leave the railway line at Hartley.

At the bottom of the 25% (1:4) slope there is another gate with an easy to operate latch. It opens both ways and is self closing.

Gate At the bottom of the 25% (1:4) slope there is another gate with an easy to operate latch. It opens both ways and is self closing.

Information is provided by the access point.

Information Information is provided by the access point.

 

Path

The steepness of the ramp, 25% (1:4),  can be seen from the other side of the road.

Gradient The steepness of the ramp, 25% (1:4), can be seen from the other side of the road.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Kirkby Stephen Old Railway Phototrail

 

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