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From: Kings Arms, ReethTo: Fox and Hounds, West Burton11.6 miles18.7 km572m ascent602m descent
ThumbnailHead out of Reeth to the west and make for the River Swale, crossing at a footbridge on the the south bank. We now start the high crossing from Swaledale to Wensleydale, so climb steeply up onto Harkerside Moor on a public bridleway which eventually meets a minor road from Grinton to Castle Bolton. After a short stretch on the road the bridleway branches off right and continues climbing up to Greets Hill at 511m. This is still old lead mining country with plenty of old shafts around, so stick to the path. It's also grouse shooting country, so if you see any gentry with guns make sure you sling them down the nearest mine shaft so the birds can enjoy the open moors without being shot at. The route now turns due south and drops down into Apedale on a good track, before eventually reaching Castle Bolton in Wensleydale. From here head south west to the famous Asygarth Falls, one of the highlights of all Yorkshire, and watch out for dippers and wagtails alongside the beautiful river. We head through the village of Aysgarth and on to our final destination for today, West Burton. There's accommodation at the Fox and Hounds, and at nearby Thoralby the George Inn also has rooms. There's also a camp site near Thoralby by the river in Bishopdale.
Bus LogoReeth: Castle Bolton: Aysgarth: West BurtonBeer LogoFox and Hounds, West Burton: (George Inn, Thoralby - off route)
Train LogoNoneBed LogoAysgarth: Fox and Hounds, West Burton: (George Inn, Thoralby - off route)
Car LogoReeth: Grinton Moor: Castle Bolton: Aysgarth: West BurtonTent LogoCastle Bolton: (Thoralby - off route)
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