On a beautiful, crisp winter, clear blue sky day, perfect for walking, our little group set off from Aysgarth in Wensleydale to walk to Gayle Ing way above Thornton Rust. Easy going, wonderful views, mostly on tracks, a walk not to be missed. You can park in Aysgarth, there is a large layby or street park by the monument or in front of the village institute. The photo is looking across to Carperby at the start of our walk from the Thornton Rust road.
As always please plan your route beforehand, take the map, GPS, wear appropriate clothing and footwear and pack plenty of water and snacks. Even though the walk is quite easy going the route takes you high onto moor land so be prepared for the weather.
Walk in a westerly direction along the A684 from Aysgarth and turn onto the road to Thornton Rust, leave the houses, go up the little hill and soon a barn will come into view on the lefthand side of the road. Here turn onto the track and make your way along Flout Moor Lane following the signs for Gayle Ing. At one point Gayle Ing is signed in two directions, it doesn’t really matter which you take but we went in the direction of Haw Head.
When nearly to Gayle Ing there is a stile over the wall, more or less taking you south. Over here and looking at the stile over the little valley make your way down hill, over the footbridge (lovely place for a picnic) and then up the hill to the next stile. Cross the moor, the path is not very well defined but keep going, to come out onto the Stake Road track. Turn left here, east in the direction of Thoralby. Enjoy the views in Bishopdale now, quite different to Wensleydale.
Along the track and once it’s starts to go down hill quite steeply and with a sharp righthand bend, take the footpath on the left. Now there is some hill work, not too far though, to Keld Gill. Keep right and head for Folly Lane track. Once on Folly Lane you have two choices, you can continue on the track which will bring you out onto Flout Moor Lane again or you can cut across the fields, which can be lovely, and will take you back down to Aysgarth. Enjoy!
We have some beautiful cottages in Wensleydale and surrounding dales, do please come and enjoy these wonderful walks and all the glorious Yorkshire Dales have to offer. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice or of course book online if you prefer. See you soon!
Written By Nadine Bell