Walden

Circular walk into Walden from West Burton in Wensleydale

Circular into Walden from West Burton in Wensleydale

A lovely walk from the Cauldron Falls in West Burton into Walden and back down via the old/now newly planted plantation. Park your car at the waterfall area or by the village green and please wear suitable clothing and good footwear as the route takes you through pasture and moorland. Always a good idea to plan your route and take the map. The walk is about seven miles, quite easy going but some inclines. Fantastic views all the way.

The Return of the Salmon to Walden Beck, West Burton

The Return of the Salmon to Walden Beck

Every year in October for many, many years the salmon have travelled along their demanding route upstream from the sea to Walden Beck, when they get to West Burton they are nearly at their journeys end but there is just one last big obstacle to conquer, the Cauldron Falls. The water flow needs to be just right for them to scale this pretty waterfall, not too dry and not too much in flood. Where they actually spawn I don’t know, only that it’s past West Burton further upstream into Walden. Walden Head is where the beck eventually reaches its source.

West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

I wondered if perhaps it might be a good idea to focus on individual villages in the Yorkshire Dales and venturing further to Nidderdale even and look more closely as to what each has, a bit of history (if possible!) maybe even some statistics! Might take a little research but should be possible.

Winter sun in the Yorkshire Dales

Winter sun in the Yorkshire Dales

What a wonderful day yesterday to be walking the hills in the Yorkshire Dales. Living in West Burton one of my favourite walks, hopefully before breakfast and before starting the day, is to walk into Walden. Follow the road from West Burton in the direction of Walden, follow Walden South at the top the short steep hill, down the single track road until you come to a bridge and immediately after the bridge turn left through a gate and walk along the beck side.

Walden dale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Walden dale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Walking on a peaceful late summer Sunday morning in Walden, a beautiful little dale that runs down to West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales. A reminder, if I ever needed one, to know how very lucky I am to be alive and to live in this wondrous part of the world.

Walden dale a pretty dale looking down to Wensleydale

Walden, a small dale with amazing views to Wensleydale

Walden dale, with West Burton village at the bottom, swept clean of deciduous leaves after the recent winds, beautiful none the less, just breathtaking!