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placename:- Sadgill to Gatescarth
other name:- Gatescarth to Sadgill
parish Longsleddale parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Westmorland
route; track; byway; drove road
10Km square:- NY40
Track from the road end at Sadgill Bridge to the parish boundary in Gatescarth Pass.


Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- 5.12.2010

Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- 31.5.2009

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 27 2,3,7)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
Bench marks and spot heights are shown along the track.

source:- OS 1881-82 New Series (outline edition)

Maps, parts of Westmorland, Cumberland, etc now Cumbria, New Series 1 inch maps of England, published by the Ordnance Survey, London, 1881-82; sheets 7, 11, 12, 16..19, 22..25, 28..31, 37..40, 47..50, 58.
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date:- 1881=1882
period:- 19th century, late; 1880s

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 166:-
... [from Hawesater] ... On the summit of the mountain you soon come in sight of Long-Sleddale, Lancaster-sands, &c. and in the course of your descent, you will presently be accompanied by a cataract on the right. The road traverses the mountain as on the other side, but is much better made, and wider, on account of the slate taken from the sides of these mountains and carried to Kendal, &c. The water-falls on the right are extremely curious. You enter Long-Sleddale between two shattered rocky mountains. That on the left, Crowbarrow, is not less terrible to look up at, when under it, than any rock in Barrowside or Borrowdale, and it has covered a much larger space with ruins. Here is every possible variety of water falls and cataracts; the most remarkable of which is on the left. Over a most tremendous wall of rock, a mountain torrent, in one broken sheet, leaps headlong one hundred yards and more. The whole vale is narrow; the hills rise swift on each hand; their brows are wooded; their feet covered with grass, or cultivated, and their summits broken. ...
date:- 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd)

Map, The County of Westmoreland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed by J Ainslie and perhaps T Donald, engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
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double line; road, with mile numbers
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

source:- Prior 1865

Guide book, Ascents and Passes in the Lake District of England, by Herman Prior, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Simpkin, Marshall and Co, London, 1865.
Page 7:-
... from the bridge, the road follows the stream along the flat of the upper valley, and to the summit of the first ascent above it. The road is a good cart-road, and the stream which, as you begin to ascend, flows in a deep channel between rocks, is kept on the left throughout. At the top of the ascent, just opposite a pretty waterfall, you reach a quarry with some deserted huts; and here the stream forks, the left-hand bending away to Harter Fell, the mountains which form the left wall of Sleddale. The road passes through the quarries, crosses the right fork of the stream by a bridge, and then bends to the left, rounding under a low grass hillock on that side, and keeping the stream just crossed close on its right. On rounding the hillock you see a sheep-pen at no great distance, just short of which, the road separates into three, the centre track re-crossing the stream, and then following it along the boggy upper valley in front of you. The Mardale and Hawes-Water track turns to the left, passing between the sheep-pen on the right, and a rocky knoll on the left, on rounding which, you have above you the grassy slopes of the northern side of Harter Fell, with the road zigzaging up them, but with a general direction to the right. It is well marked to the summit:- two turns to some large quarries on the left, one just beyond the rocky knoll, and the other
Page 8:-
about half way up the ascent (crossing a small rill of water), will of course be avoided. On reaching the top of the zigzag, the path continues still slightly ascending, bending rather to the left, towards Harter Fell, and passing a slope of boggy ground on its right, until it reaches the summit level. The is Gatescarth Pass. Here it turns to the right, to a little stony hillock which it crosses, and then continues bearing right, to the edge of a hollow leading down into Mardale.
Page 50:-
... keeping up on the right, under the slopes of Harter Fell, soon reaches the summit-level. Here it bends slightly to the left, and then right again, so as to round the shoulder of Harter Fell. It then descends, at first gradually, and afterwards, on reaching the edge of the boggy basin, you have been skirting, in deep zigzags. Soon after commencing these, you see below you a sheep-pen by the side of a stream, on the left of a round-headed hillock of some height. The road descends to this sheep-pen without difficulty; some turns to the right, leading to the Harter Fell quarries, will, of course, be disregarded. On reaching the hillock, you wind under it, and soon after cross a stream by a small bridge. Just beyond this is an abandoned quarry, with a hut; passing which the track descends steeply by the side of the stream, keeping it on the right-hand throughout the descent, as well as along the flat of the Sleddale valley below. About three-quarters of a mile down this, a bridge is reached, opposite the first houses.
date:- 1865
period:- 19th century, late; 1860s

tiny photograph, 
button to large Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- 5.12.2010
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button to large Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- 5.12.2010 -- Stone wall by track; snow.

tiny photograph, 
button to large Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- Boots and crampons in the snow. -- 5.12.2010
tiny photograph, 
button to large Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- Boots and crampons in the snow. -- 5.12.2010

tiny photograph, 
button to large Sadgill to Gatescarth -- Longsleddale -- Westmorland / -- Sepia toned photograph, postcard, 1920s-30s?

mapping:- Sadgill, Longsleddale
Gatescarth Pass, Longsleddale

route concatenation
mapping:- route, Lsl3.1route, Lsl3.2

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