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From: Fox and Hounds, West BurtonTo: Middleham (alternative via West Witton)10 miles16.1 km0m ascent0m descent
ThumbnailOn arriving at West Burton, you've tackled most of the Yorkshire Dales since Malham, with steep climbs in the Three Peaks and wild pathless terrain on Mallerstang Edge. When you look at the route from here to Healey on your map and on Google Earth, you may prefer a lower level alternative, especially in bad weather. Make no mistake, the 25 mile 2 day walk through bogs and groughs on the main route from West Burton will challenge the fittest walker, and it involves a wild camp or a significant loss of height at the end of the first day. So here's your pretty alternative, which rejoins the main route at Masham. From the village green, leave the village to the north-east on the road, then turn right past Flanders Hall to join Morpeth Gate, a good bridle track climbing up under Morpeth Scar and (further up) Dove Scar. It's only a short climb, and the path first contours the hill and then descends to the village of West Witton, where there's a pub, shops and a hotel. From the village, climb slightly up again on the flank of Capple Bank, past the Spigot Lodge horse training centre, then traverse Middleham Low Moor and the gallops. The height is modest but there's good views of lower Wensleydale and the river Ure as it exits the Dales. Eventually you will descend into Middleham, where there are pubs, shops and a bed for the night.
Bus LogoWest Burton: West Witton: MiddlehamBeer LogoFox and Hounds, West Witton: White Swan, Middleham
Train LogoNoneBed LogoWhite Swan, Middleham
Car LogoWest Burton: West Witton: Spigot Lodge: MiddlehamTent Logo
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