On a stunningly beautiful morning we set off in search of the Appersett Viaduct. I say search, we know exactly where it is but when you come upon it nestled over Widdale Beck I find it’s always a surprise to see it there. Our walk was quite easy going, about four miles, along narrow lanes, through fields and along the way we passed some of the mosaics from the Hawes Mosaic Trail. One of these days I will do the Mosaic Trail but that wasn’t to be that day.
Even though this a relatively short walk please do wear appropriate clothing and footwear, plan your route beforehand and take a map, GPS, compass, snacks and plenty of water.
Park in Hawes, the easiest can be at the Dales Countryside Museum, and make your way through the town and market place in a westerly direction and turn left onto Gayle Lane in the direction of Gayle, pass the school and the Wensleydale Creamery. After a few yards you will see a bus top on the right hand side and to the right of here is a stone stile, go through here and continue through the fields to come out onto the lane in amongst the cottages and houses of Gayle, follow the road to the junction, coming out onto Garris, turn right and continue along until you come to Mossy Lane SD 86523 89113. Turn right here and continue to the next stile on the left. Through here into the fields again and follow the well trodden path to the B6255. Turn left and walk for a few yards along the road to the stile just on the right. Through here and continue along a lovely route to Lanacar Lane SD 85264 89764, turn right here and more or less in a northerly direction on a narrow lane, past Thorney Mire House, to Appersett Viaduct. We even found a mosaic here depicting it’s past history, see if you can find it.
From the viaduct take the footpath off to the right, going south east now, follow the stiles, along Spillan Green Sike. As we were walking by Spillan Green we came across a derelict long house, I presume this was called Spillan Green, this was interesting in itself but the massive, magnificent ash tree by the house was a sight to behold and ponder over. You will come out on the A684 with Ashes opposite. Turn right and make you way into Hawes on the grass verge, busy road here, but not far, and back to your vehicle. Plenty of places to have lunch or whatever, we went to the Creamery for coffee, very good too.
We have Burnside View a lovely apartment in Hawes, with its own parking, to sleep four, and of course our other cottages are well within travelling distance to Hawes. Do call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice and to book over the telephone or of course book your holiday online if you prefer. We’ll look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful part of the world quite soon!
Written By Nadine Bell