The hills above Hawes in upper Wensleydale are places I’ve not really explored in all the time I’ve lived here, can’t really understand why but not for much longer I feel after a wonderful walk around Wether Fell. I joined our walking group to enjoy a different part of this amazing part of the world, for me anyway. Splendid views as we went along high above the world we seemed to be, the wind was blowing and there was soon not a cobweb to be had on our persons, totally exhilarating!
Make your way to Gayle and follow the signs for Buckden, up the steep rise to the top to Howgate Head, here we parked on the side of the road then set off down the Cam High Road, signposted Bainbridge five and a half miles, after a little while we could just see Semer Water in Raydale on our right, a little further we turned left at the first gate. Following the wall side we circled Wether Fell clockwise. What views from here, again, we spent quite a lot of time stopping and staring or were we just catching our breath! Onward as ever, the path eventually coming back out onto the Cam High Road. From here you have choices where you can go down in the direction of Bainbridge and find other routes on the map or you can go straight across and follow the path to Marsett and then return along the valley via Bardale Head. For our group that was too far so we turned up hill to return to our cars. Nearly six miles of quite easy walking, with tremendous views all round.
Ready for a cuppa now, or whatever your tipple, you’ll find lots of places to choose from in Hawes and if you go on a Tuesday it’s market day too!
As always, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, take water and snacks, plan your route beforehand with OS Explorer Map OL30. Remember you may not always get a signal on your phone in the hills, although there didn’t seem to be a problem here. Above all stay safe and enjoy!
Written By Nadine Bell