It had seemed a while since Den and I had walked from West Witton in Wensleydale so that was the plan. All paths we had walked before but it’s amazing how different a walk can feel by doing it a little differently. A couple of steep, sharp hills at the beginning but nothing we, or you, couldn’t handle. About six miles but again with fantastic views even though our route wasn’t taking us to the very top of Penhill.
Please plan your route beforehand, take GPS, map, compass and as always plenty to drink along with snacks and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
It’s always best to park in the big lay-by on the west side of West Witton. Walk towards West Witton and turn left at the first stile before the first house. Immediately through the gate turn left again, this part of the route is not shown on OS Maps even though sign posted, and follow the path to come out on Bay Bolton Avenue just before Park Gate farm. Go straight up to Common Lane, quite steep in places and you may need to detour round the second field on the second level depending on crops or state of the land but it’s not a problem, going to the right and back round to the stile in the middle of the field boundary is easiest. OS X (Eastings) 407604 OS Y (Northings) 487470.
Once onto Common Lane, turn right, east, and walk to Penhill Farm. At the farm keep to the right and after a few yards take the track in between the farm and the road, Flint Lane. Walk along here, through a couple of gates, the last one takes you onto open moor, with Penhill on your left. Through the gate, turn right and follow the track along to another gate, OS X (Eastings) 404716 OS Y (Northings) 487148. Down through the gate and keep going down along the track to come out onto High Lane with Green Gate track opposite, follow on to Nossill End, Nossill Bank and down to Kagram and West Witton. Turn right and follow the road now back down to your vehicle. Pause a while in West Witton, explore the church, St Bartholomew’s, have a super lunch at the Wensleydale Heifer or quench your thirst at The Fox.
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Written By Nadine Bell