Redmire Force and the Templar's Chapel from West Witton

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.

Technical sheet
No. 293317
A West Witton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 06/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 6.52mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 449ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 453ft
Highest point Highest point : 866ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 377ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Yorkshire Dales
Location Location : West Witton
Starting point Starting point : N 54.291419° / W 1.904223°
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Description

(D/A) The start is the small parking area at the eastern end of West Witton at grid ref. SE063884 where you can park on a wide verge. Luckily this is adjacent to the first section of the route. After parking take the adjacent walled lane heading north from the A684. At the first fork bear right and continuing along the lane as it winds downhill towards the River Ure. The walled lane ends and you enter a field. Keep close to the left-hand wall and continue to the river.

(1) The next section of the route follows the River Ure upstream. The onward path leaves the river and with a wall on your right cross a stile and walk to the corner of the next field where another stile will be found. Cross this stile and following a clear path through trees you soon reach Redmire Force. After Redmire Force the path climbs away from the river and leaves the woodland. Continuing to follow the path across a number of fields you reach Stony Scoop Lane (grid ref. SE031895). Turn left along this partially enclosed track and follow it to reach the A684.

(2) With care turn left along the main road. Just before Temple Farm take the stile on the right and join the farm track that leads south across a field to reach a wood. The track then climbs through trees with a stile on the left allowing access to the remains of the Chapel of the Knights Templar. You may be impressed or not but the remains which include some graves date from the early thirteenth century.

(3) To continue, walk to the top of the field following an indistinct track. Continuing into the next field you reach a concrete track. Continue uphill on along this track until it bends right. Here leave the concrete track and walk uphill to a gate in a wall. Turning east, cross the next field to a further gate and another field. Keep the wall on your immediate right and you will soon locate a stile. This provides access to the walled Langthwaite Lane.

(4) Walk east along this lane with Nossill Scars and the flanks of Penhill above to your right. After three quarters of a mile the walled lane exits onto a tarmac lane (grid ref. SE053882). Walk straight ahead and continue to the A684. Turn right along the main road and walk through the village back to the start (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 584ft
1 : mi 0.76 - alt. 404ft - Follow the River Ure upstream
2 : mi 4.06 - alt. 515ft - A684, turn left
3 : mi 4.63 - alt. 741ft - Chapel of the Knights Templar
4 : mi 5.1 - alt. 866ft - Walk east
D/A : mi 6.52 - alt. 581ft

Useful Information

This walk includes one of the longest sections of footpath beside the River Ure in Wensleydale with a visit to Redmire Force an added bonus. Route finding is generally easy although some care is needed with navigation. The latter half of the walk includes the opportunity to see the Chapel of the Knights Templar which, for some, is somewhat disappointing.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Wed 11 Nov 2020 20:14:22 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 10/11/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Beautiful autumn walk. Took longer than suggested because I had to stop and take photos - a very picturesque river and waterfall. As previously mentioned there were two 'bull in field' notices which we ignored. Both fields contained sheep, thankfully.


Walker
on Mon 09 Nov 2020 09:17:40 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 07/11/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk


Walker
on Tue 08 Sep 2020 14:56:37 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 08/09/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Became slightly confused on the first section at end of lane down to river, farmer had put a bull in field sign and not sure if we should go into the field.
The river was in full flow and great to watch all other directions OK


Walker
on Mon 17 Aug 2020 11:31:30 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 14/08/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Instructions generally good, although we went on the wrong track from Redmire Force to the main road.

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