Garsdale Millenium Cairn, overlooks Garsdale Station
Garsdale Millenium Cairn, overlooks Garsdale Station
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Garsdale was part of West Yorkshire until 1974 when it was transferred to Cumbria.

It is the home to many Swaledale pedigree sheep with 18 working farms.  At the railway station stands a statue of a collie dog, who was found on the fell in 1990 at the side of his owner who had died some 11 weeks earlier, in an emaciated and starving state. It had to be carried off the fell and he was awarded a medal for vigilance but died shortly after his owner’s funeral. The Sedgwick Geological Trail was set up in 1985, and the trail is marked with information boards. Care should be taken at the side of the steep riverbanks.

At Longstone Fell, which is locally known, and spoken as Langst'n Fell, there is a well-known view-point looking over the Howgill Fells, where the river descends to Danny Bridge, the site of a seventeenth-century mill on the “old road”, before joining the River Rawthey near Sedbergh. Here you can walk The Sedgwick Trail, which was named after the well-known geologist Adam Sedgwick and runs along the Clough from Danny Bridge and highlights rock features along the Dent Fault.

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