You’re on holiday and maybe you feel like just having a shortish walk, with some wonderful views, a bit of a hill to make you think it’s going to do you some good, which it most definitely will, a ‘cuppa’ to start and lunch awaiting at the end.
Or start with lunch, if you’re late risers and finish with that all important ‘cuppa’ and cake etc! Start at Berry’s Farm Shop and Cafe in Swinithwaite in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales just off the A684, plenty of parking here, and when you’re ready make your way out to the road and turn right.
After a few yards you’ll pass the bus stop and notice a lane on the other side of road. Take care crossing the road, the road bends here so restricts visibility a little, and make your way up the lane to the first style found on your right. Wander across this long flat field, over another stile and onward to the Templar’s Chapel. Pause here a while if you wish to explore then cut up left diagonally across the field to the gate in the far corner.
Through the gate and continue to the concrete lane, which is incidentally the lane you left just a short while ago. Turn right onto here then a little way on follow the sign to Nossills and the start of Langthwaite Lane on the map. You didn’t think you were going to get away without taking your map did you?
Through a gate/stile at the top the steep bank and walk straight across the field. Here there are two gates side by side, take the one on the left. Proceed along keeping a sharp eye out for a style on the right, it’s quite hidden behind the corner of a wall. You can’t really go wrong though, you can’t leave the field any other way so if you’ve over shot you just need to back track a little. Here you’re into a walled lane, just keep going to Chantry and then down the hill into West Witton and to the A684.
Walk along the road for a few yards carefully looking to other side to locate a footpath sign. Again carefully cross the road and follow the footpath sign which takes you through a narrow snicket which eventually comes out into open fields again. Looking ahead you can just see a style, careful over the stream, very narrow so not a problem, and follow to the right hand corner of the next field to arrive onto a track. Keep going until you reach a large open field, keep to right hand edge here and make your way to a small gate.
Through into another large field, again keeping to the right, then when you reach the brow of the hill make your way diagonally left to the right of the wood and then onto Back Lane another concrete lane. Not far now……….. keep going until you reach Berry’s again. About four and half miles, well worth it for the panoramic views, and really easy going once you reach Langthwaite lane. Again stay safe and enjoy!
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Written By Nadine Bell