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The Wild Yorkshire Way
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From: Old Hill Inn, Chapel-le-DaleTo: Cow Dub Farm9.3 miles15 km616m ascent660m descent
ThumbnailFrom Chapel-le-Dale, head down the main road just after the pub, then turn right on Philpin Lane past a farm and camp site. This is the 3 Peaks motorway, so on a weekend watch out for tired walkers rushing south on the northbound carriageway. Plough on ever onward, ever upward, until you reach the summit ridge, then follow the wall north to the summit of Whernside, at 736m the summit of the entire Wild Yorkshire Way. Head north and watch out for the lovely collection of tarns on the northern spur of Whernside, which would be a delightful wild camping spot if you want to cut short the day, or even extend the previous day, but the path to the tarns is indistinct. The route heads down to the east, still on the 3 Peaks path, before joining the Dales HighWay. Watch out for an impressive waterfall on Force Gill to your right. As you approach the railway line, double back near the entrance to the Blea Moor railway tunnel and look for the track up the moor following the line of air shafts and spoil heaps. The path is very indistinct in the area of the tunnel entrance, but you'll pick up a good track alongside the first spoil heap. In mist, head due east from above the tunnel entrance, cross the stream and climb until you reach the track, then head north on it. Keep on relentlessly up the track, before dropping steeply down in improving surroundings to the northern end of the tunnel. Keep on past the charming Dent Head Farm, and watch out for a retired brigadier with a superb handlebar moustache having a beer on his garden bench - if you've time stop for a chat to him for interesting information about the area. Continue on until you reach the road and follow this to Cow Dub Farm, where you can camp if you wish for a small fee. There's also a pub here, the Sportsman's Inn, but sadly this pub is not always open, does not allow you to use their WiFi (important in an area where there's no mobile signal), won't let you charge your phone, and is generally unwelcoming. As its name suggests, it caters more for the sort of people who have fun killing birds and animals, rather than enjoying them in their rightful home. They do have rooms however, and there are also camping facilities a mile down the road at Ewegales near Cowgill. Dent station is also close by, although you'll have to climb up the road to reach it.
Bus LogoNoneBeer LogoSportsman's Inn, Cow Dub
Train LogoRibblehead: DentBed LogoSportsman's Inn, Cow Dub
Car LogoChapel-le-Dale B6255: Dent Head Farm: Cow DubTent LogoWhernside Tarns (wild): Cow Dub Farm: Ewegales (1 mile)
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