Wensleydale in the Yorksire Dales National Park offers some wonderful walking. This route takes in a stretch of the River Ure, passes historic Nappa Hall before traversing the slopes below Ellerkin Scar. The walk then visits Whitfield Gill Force before returning to Askrigg.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)This walk starts in the village of Askrigg where a small car park is located at grid ref. SD950911. After parking, exit the car park and turn right into the centre of the village bearing left along the road to Bainbridge and Hawes. Continue past St. Oswald's church on your left and just after the road bends to the right, take the public footpath on your left.
(1)Initially a track the path crosses the old railway and continues across the flood plain to the River Ure. Do not cross the river, instead bear left and follow the River Ure to Worton Bridge where you join a lane. Do not cross the river but continue ahead to leave the lane using a footpath on your right. This continues to follow the river to Nappa Mill where you turn left away from the river to re-cross the old railway.
(2)Here bear half left across two fields towards Nappa Hall. Bear left along a track and continue through the hall to reach a lane (grid ref. SD965908). Go left here and then take the first lane on your right. The lane - Harr Gill - climbs steadily offering some fine views ahead to Ellerkin Scar to reach Heugh. Bearing left join the track that heads straight across the lower slopes of Newbiggin Pasture to reach a lane (grid ref. SD953921).
(3)Turn left downhill. At the first junction keep straight ahead. Ignore a track on your right and continue down the lane to another junction (grid ref. SD949917). Turn left and almost immediately right onto a walled track (Low Straights Lane). Follow this track for a mile to reach a gate that is the end of the walled lane.
(4)Turn left onto the signed footpath which leads above Whitfield Gill which is down on your left. Continue by following the path across the gill. Turn left downstream shadowing the gill. Ignore paths to your left and right and stay with the stream down to a pretty waterfall (grid ref. SD938914). Continue downstream to a footbridge on your left. Cross this and turn right. This path leads onto a lane (grid ref. SD944911). Bear left along this lane which leads into Askrigg. Reaching the main street through the village, turn left to return to the start.(A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 748ft - Start: Askrigg village
1 : mi 0.27 - alt. 699ft - Take footpath on left
2 : mi 1.47 - alt. 653ft - Turn left at Nappa Mill
3 : mi 3.21 - alt. 1168ft - Turn left down lane
4 : mi 4.64 - alt. 1132ft - Turn left onto footpath
D/A : mi 6.16 - alt. 745ft - Finish: Askrigg village
Wensleydale offers some wonderful walking with the River Ure never too far away. The scenery is the valley is green and verdant with stone walls criss-crossing the landscape. On either side of the valley the land rises with some outcrops of limestone adding interest to the scenery.
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Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
Very good walk, easy to follow instructions from car park. Some stepping stones under water as river was fast and high.
This Yorkshire Dales walk explores the pleasant countryside and moorland of Wensleydale. It starts from Aysgarth village and uses moorland paths and tracks for much of its route.
A walk of two distinct halves.
The first part of the walk ascends gently along the side of Gunnerside Gill, to take in the remains of the abandoned lead mines. It crosses the moor to Swinner Gill mine where a short detour takes in a waterfall and cave. The walk then curves around towards the village of Keld.
The second part of the walk descends to the waterfalls and then through the gentle valley curving around into Swaledale where it passes through typical Yorkshire Dales farmland.
A walk of two halves. The first part ascends gently on good tracks, passing the remains of the Old Gang Smelting Mill, before crossing the stream and crossing Melbecks Moor and passing the spoil heaps from the long ceased lead mining industry. The path descends via one of the 'hushes' to the Bunton Level above Gunnerside Gill. The return leg is on grassy paths which contour Brownsey Moor and pass through farmland, often following dry stone walls and passing working farms and traditional barns.
This a pleasant walk in Wensleydale that allows you to enjoy this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The highlights of the walk include the River Ure, Redmire Force and the Chapel of the Kinights Templar.
An easy circular walk from Grinton with lots of interest. The moors above Grinton have the remains of the lead mining industry and on this walk, you will see those remains plus a well preserved smelting mill and its flue which runs up the hillside. The area is now a grouse moor and you will pass shooting butts and feeding stations for the birds. Great refreshments in Grinton and also over the bridge in Fremington at the Dales Bike Centre.
This Yorkshire Dales walk has two ascents as you traverse the hills from Wharefdale to Littondale and back again. In complete contrast the final section is level walking following the Dales Way beside the River Wharfe.
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