Getting to Podgill and Merrygill
From Stenkrith Park, Kirkby Stephen (NY 782080), enter the park via the wicket gate on the Nateby Road (B6259), turning right to cross the new Millennium Bridge with spectacular views of the River Eden as it passes through a rocky gorge. Turn left along the trackbed footpath to reach Podgill Viaduct in about three-quarters of a mile. Continue for a further half mile to Merrygill Viaduct and access to the road into Hartley village. The Stenkrith Park access is suitable for all types of user, including wheelchairs. The path is also open to cyclists and horse-riders.
Alternately, from Hartley village (NY 783086) follow the road south, climbing steeply out of this pretty village – being wary of traffic on the road. As the road opens out Merrygill Viaduct and its footpath access is on your right. In a car, turn left and immediately left again, to find a small car parking area
A circular walk is possible via Kirkby Stephen and Hartley, a little over three miles taking less than two hours
Cars may be parked either in Kirkby Stephen or at the Stenkrith car park