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The Wild Yorkshire Way
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From: Keld Lodge, KeldTo: Kings Arms, Reeth (main route via Swaledale lead mines)11.9 miles19.2 km556m ascent708m descent
ThumbnailOnce again today there are two alternatives - the Coast to Coast route high up through the old mine workings, or a beautiful low level route along the banks of the River Swale. The high level route is very interesting for those into old industrial relics, but not pretty, and in bad weather you would be better off taking the alternative. On both routes head down the hill to Keld village, then take the Coast to Coast path down to the river, where the Pennine Way, Coast to Coast and Wild Yorkshire Way combine for about 100m. Cross the bridge and leave the Pennine Way heading upstream to Tan Hill, and turn downstream on the C to C path. You can think of your own pun as you approach Crackpot Hall, I'm saying nowt. At this point the main route starts to climb the moor, whereas the alternative heads straight on, contouring the hillside. Follow the track up and across the open moor before dropping steeply down to Gunnerside Beck by some ruined mine buildings. Climb steeply up the other side to join another track in bizarre scenery. Believers of daft conspiracy theories will probably think the famous 1969 moon walk scene from Tranquillity Base was actually filmed around here - "Just one small step on the Coast to Coast, a giant leap on the Wild Yorkshire Way". Eventually you drop down to a long easy track at a fast pace, passing the Old Gang smelt mine, before reaching the road at Surrender Bridge. Be careful here (do you detect the voice of experience?) as a good path heads straight on. This path, like growing old, is a trap. The correct route crosses the road north-east of the bridge, then follows the Coast to Coast route past Cringley Bottom, which is not an illness. Keep on the C to C until you reach the pretty village of Reeth, with shops, pubs, buses and a camp site. I heartily recommend the Kings Arms, where I spent 3 nights, using a taxi, buses and lifts to stick to my route. The smiling bar staff will greet you with a welcome pint of Wainwright, no less! What else?
Bus LogoKeld: ReethBeer LogoKings Arms, Reeth
Train LogoNoneBed LogoKings Arms, Reeth
Car LogoKeld: Surrender Bridge: ReethTent LogoReeth
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