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Garsdale, meaning 'Garth's valley' is the dale of the River Clough. The road from Hawes to Sedbergh largely follows the river.

Garsdale Head

The community is scattered but there are hamlets at The Street and at Garsdale Head with its station on the Settle–Carlisle railway. It is the perfect starting point for walks and cycle rides, including the Pennine Bridleway.

The station is spectacularly situated. The line from the north curves into the station across the Dandry Mire Viaduct. It is the only station on the line with a signal box. It was once called 'Hawes Junction' as it formed the junction with the old Wensleydale railway line to Hawes. 

The Moorcock Inn on the main road provides a welcome relief for those weary from a day's exploring.

A man's best friend

A statue of Ruswarp the dog sits on the station platform at Garsdale. Ruswarp was the companion of Graham Nuttall who campaigned to keep the then threatened railway line open. When Graham went missing whilst walking in Wales, Ruswarp was still beside him when his body was finally found.

Welcome to Garsdale

Community website for visitors and locals (links to external website)

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