Garsdale map

Garsdale is a valley which runs from Sedbergh to Garsdale Head. The A684 road and Clough river follow the dale. Grisedale runs north east towards the Rawthey valley, and Mallerstang north from Garsdale Head. To the south is Dentdale. The valley floor is pasture and meadow land, whilst up the steep hillsides are high peat moorland, with the large bulk of Baugh Fell to the north, and Rise Hill to the south.

The river corridor contains broadleaf trees in abundance, but the close proximity to the road, and the fact that grey squirrels prosper in deciduous woodland mean that the areas of coniferous forest are the prime red squirrel habitat. This habitat will to be lost in the next five years due to commercial forestry clear felling.