Nappa Hall & Whitfield Gill Force from Askrigg

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.

Technical sheet
No. 293085
A Askrigg walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 17/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 6.16mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 722ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 722ft
Highest point Highest point : 1168ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 646ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Yorkshire Dales
Location Location : Askrigg
Starting point Starting point : N 54.316069° / W 2.077663°
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(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)

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

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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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 13 May 2019 11:22:13 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 10/05/19
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.

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