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A Circular Walk From Hawes

A circular walk from Hawes in Wensleydale

On a brilliantly sunny day four of us set off from Hawes to walk about seven or eight miles round Wether Fell and Yorburgh. Quite a steep pull from Burtersett but as always there’s always the excuse that you need to stop to savour the view whilst catching your breath and what views! Our route took us up the Roman Road and round to Gayle and back into Hawes. It was very chilly on the top compared to Hawes another good example that we should always be prepared.

Do plan your route beforehand and take map, GPS and compass popped into your bag. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and take plenty to drink and snacks etc.

We parked in Hawes and made our way in the direction of Leyburn walking along the A684, past the Auction Mart and Carrs Billington and the semi circle of houses. Just at the corner of the pavement after the houses before the Wensleydale Press building you’ll see a footpath sign, take this and walk along the flagged path eventually coming out in Burtersett.

In Burtersett turn right onto the road, south, and walk up hill to the junction. Here turn left and after a few yards there is a finger post on the right by the little barn. Follow through here and continue more or less straight up, through the stiles, keeping the little plantation to your right, the path is quite well worn, eventually you will reach the Roman Road, maybe a mile and half. Once on the track turn right and continue on past Wether Fell and Drumaldrace Cairn to the next footpath sign off to the right, north west, at OS Grid Ref: SD 87302 86429. Take this path which will take you below Wether Fell past Swallow Hole and Flint Hill. Keep going until you join another well worn path with Yorburgh coming into view. Quite an interesting shape. At the bottom of the hill, go through the gate and after a few yards we’re taking the left fork. Not marked, the path not very visible but it is there. Keep going down hill in a more or less north westerly direction until you come to the little waterfalls. Over the stile and again progress down hill. The views here are just lovely looking down towards the town and over Wensleydale. There are various paths to chose from but we seemed to take the most direct route eventually coming out in Gayle. Doesn’t really matter which route you take. Make your way to the road, over the bridge in Gayle and continue down into Hawes. There is a footpath immediately after the Wensleydale Creamery buildings which will take you down into the centre of Hawes. We had lunch in the Wensleydale Pantry which was excellent.

A lovely walk, steep in places but well worth the effort. We have beautiful Burnside View in Hawes which sleeps four people plus dedicated parking and of course all our Country Hideaways cottages are close enough to Hawes to enjoy this walk. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 to book over the telephone and for friendly help and advice or do book online if you prefer.

We’ll very much look forward to hearing from you quite soon.

Country Hideaways

Written By Nadine Bell

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