This 52 mile loop walk through the Yorkshire Dales take in some of Yorkshire's loveliest landscapes. Here are the top ten highlights of this perfect introduction to long distance walking!
Aysgarth Falls: This picturesque triple drop waterfall is located on the River Ure and is divided into three stages - Upper Force, Middle Force and Lower Force. Thousands of gallons of water fall over the limestone steps here after heavy rainfall making them a very impressive sight!
Hawes: The highest market town in Yorkshire, this charming town is home to a lively market on a Tuesday, the Wensleydale Creamery where they make the famous cheese and an 18th century cotton-spinning mill called Gayle Mill. It's also home to a few cosy country pubs where good, hearty food and real ales are order of the day.
Great Shunner Fell: The third highest mountain in Yorkshire, behind Whernside and Ingleborough, you will ascend the slopes of this giant on your walk from Hawes to Keld. Having said that, the ascent is slow and steady so not too much of a challenge but one that more than rewards with expansive views over the whole of the Dales from the top.
Thwaite Tearoom: After descending Great Shunner Fell, a very welcome respite awaits at the Kearton Tearooms. Stop here to enjoy their delicious ginger biscuits and a lovely cup of tea!
Melbecks Moor: This atmospheric heather-clad moorland is walked across if you take the high level route from Keld to Reeth. It makes for a very interesting walk as you pass by a series of old mining works and buildings, giving testament to the area's rich mining heritage.
Swaledale Hay Meadows: The tranquil Swaledale Valley is home to the lush hay meadows where colourful wildflowers grow in abundance particularly in the month of June. If you take the low level route from Keld to Reeth, you will walk right through the heart of the meadows.
Reeth: This little Saxon settlement is regularly referred to as the capital of Swaledale due to its previous contribution to the lead industry. Nowadays it is home to several country inns as well as a famous, old fashioned ice cream parlour - perfect at the end of a day's walking!
Bolton Castle: One of England's best preserved medieval castles, the impressive ramparts of this historic site will be found on your way back to Aysgarth. We recommend booking tickets in advance if you would like to explore the castle and grounds.
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