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From: Keld Lodge,KeldTo: Kings Arms, Reeth (alternative via Gunnerside)12.8 miles20.6 km178m ascent287m descent
ThumbnailThe past few days have been tough high level walking, possibly involving wild camping and lots of ascent and descent, so you may feel like a more gentle, rural and pastoral day. If so, this walk will be a delight. Follow the main route until just before Crackpot Hall, but carry straight on along a bridleway high above the River Swale. The path slowly descends, and there are a few hints of the old lead workings which are abundant on the high level route. Follow the path south, and watch out for a right fork where the bridleway climbs the hill, near a footbridge. Take this fork and follow the river closely to Ivelet bridge, but don't cross it - remain on the north bank. Follow the road to the village of Ivelet, then turn right to cross Shore Gill, heading for Gunnerside. There's a trap here - as you approach Gunnerside, leave the river and head directly for the village. The riverside path eventually gets blocked by Gunnerside Beck, forcing you through the village anyway. Have a pint in the Kings Head, then leave the village directly in front of the pub and turn immediately east to eventually rejoin the river. The path now sticks close to0 the river, with a short stretch of road walking, until it crosses an unusual island via 2 fords in the path, which are usually dry except when the river is high. The next section is interesting, as the path follow the top of a stone built flood wall for a while, a miniature version of the Pennine Way on Hadrian's Wall. Keep on along the river, and eventually the path doubles back steeply uphill to join the road. The next mile is unpleasant road walking, as the road is quite bendy and undulating and the verges are narrow. The usual rule is to walk on the right, but I vary this so I can be seen from a distance when a bend or summit obscures the drivers' view of me. Eventually a welcome path appears on the right, which follows the river to the south of Heelaugh village. Follow this path all the way into the village, leaving the river on the approach, where you can enjoy a well-earned pint in the Kings Arms Hotel.
Bus LogoKeld: ReethBeer LogoKings Head, Gunnerside: Kings Arms, Reeth
Train LogoNoneBed LogoKings Arms, Reeth
Car LogoKeld: Ivelet Bridge: Gunnerside: B6270: Heelaugh: ReethTent LogoReeth
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