Friday night and we set off for Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales national Park. We decided to defer setting off till after the rush hour traffic had finished, by this time it was getting on for the last hour of light. Heading up the A1 north from York it was only a journey of 57 miles to Reeth and we knew it was going to be dark and its going to be a tricky job to find a suitable place to wild camp over night. We found a suitable spot near Wath on the road to Tan Hill. By the time we had settled in it was around 12.30 am so we had no idea of what the surrounding area looked like.
This walk is from the Path Finder Yorkshire Dales Walks
After a quick breakfast it was time to head in to Reeth for a walk round this stunning area. Parking on the cobbled car park is free but a donation of only a £1 is reasonable for a full day or only 50p for a half day. Starting a walk off in a village like this has its benefits as your car is much more safe in a busy area and if you want provisions there are a few good shops as well as some local craft shops.
It isn’t long before views such as this are awaiting you on the walk
The land owner has made a detour to the path written in the book for some reason, but it is clearly marked and it looks as if it’s here to stay like this for the foreseeable future.
Waking down this lane to the woods at he bottom you make a right turn and head for the bridge.
After crossing the bridge follow the track to a farm-house. Going through the gate crossing the front of the houses.
I saw this stone table with some kind of tool resting there. I am not sure what it is but would like to.
Having gone past the farm-house the track then follows down a grassy slope and past an old derelict building
Eventually coming to a signpost, go through the gate and head down past a barn.
A little further after the barn we walked through a meadow with these typical Swaledale sheep in a paddock
Time for a quick check of the route and a little bit of a road walk but only for a few hundred yards or so.
Back on track after some navigational map reading the path leads to the road bridge at Grinton
A swift pint in Grinton before setting off again through the old church yard which
has parts of it dating back to the 12th century.
There is a gate just as we entered the church yard and we actually missed it. Only because we had a sit down on
a bench besides it for a drink and 5 minute break, then as we got up carried on through the grave yard with no exit.
Still was not a bad error as i got a nice picture of the church.
The walk continues on a lovely river side walk and then on to some steps that lead to a road.
After the short road section the route continues down a gravelled bridleway that leads to a pasture.
Head for the bridge and cross the river. This bridge was re-built in 2002 after the original built
in the 1920s was destroyed by a flood.
After crossing the bridge it’s just a matter of following the footpath back in to Reeth. We had a look round the shops and a bite to eat on the village green and a snooze to boot, well we had earned it plus I was up for sunrise at 5.30am.
Next we were off down the road towards Gunnerside and Keld to stay for the night and get some evening shots and hopefully a nice sunset too. I posted some images on my Facebook page too and these were shot with my main camera kit, the ones in this blog have been shot with my travel Panasonic camera which is great for images such as this.
Hope you find the pictures inspiring and if you do do the walk let me know if you enjoyed it. Next will be a walk we did the day after from Keld to Muker.