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Reeth Round

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Reeth Round
Author: DWY, Published: 14 Sep 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guidestar0 Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guidestar0 Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guidestar0 Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guidestar0 Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Reeth Round
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guide boot Reeth Round Detailed Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk from the village of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. If you want a fairly short walk in the Dales, with just a few climbs and you (and your dog) don’t mind hopping over dry stone walls, then this one is for you. On this walk you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Dales – Reeth is situated at the junction of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. The beautiful village has a nice buzz, with plenty to see and do after your walk. If you have forgotten how beautiful the Dales can be, this walk will remind you.

The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate several stone stiles (gaps in the dry stone walls) along the way. There may well be sheep in some of the fields, especially early on, and also some cattle in one of the fields towards the end so take particular care with dogs. The multiple grass pastures and stone walls can be disorientating so the live GPS map on the iFootpath App will be your best navigation aid! Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the war memorial on the green in centre of Reeth. There is limited street parking in Reeth, and also parking available on the village green for a payment in the honesty box. From Richmond, take the A6108 towards Leyburn and follow signs to Reeth turning on to the B6270. From the south on the A1, take the A684 to Leyburn then right towards Bellerby and immediate left along Whippendale Bank to Reeth. There is also a limited bus service from Richmond, No. 30 operated by Dales and District. Approximate post code DL11 6SE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Arkengarthdale Road
Start to Arkengarthdale Road

Start point: 54.3889 lat, -1.942 long
End point: 54.3912 lat, -1.9436 long

Before or after your walk you may want to explore Reeth itself. The name Reeth originates from old English and means ‘the place by the stream’. The picturesque market town used to be a centre for knitting and its history dates back to Saxon times.

Starting at the war memorial, head uphill towards a cafe by the green while keeping the post office to your right. Continue along a lane between houses and where the lane bends to the right follow a public footpath sign on the left, by a traditional iron lamp-post. Take a grassy path to a stone wall ahead. Pass through the gap and, ignoring a path to the right, head across the field, passing through a gate towards a stone stile in the left corner of the next field. Climb over then after a few yards, turn left through another gate and follow the wall to the right as far as the road.

Arkengarthdale Road to Farm
Arkengarthdale Road to Farm

Start point: 54.3912 lat, -1.9436 long
End point: 54.4032 lat, -1.9551 long

Turn right along Arkengarthdale Road for around 0.25 miles, using a gate on the left to negotiate a cattle grid. Return to the right-hand side of the road and, just after the road bends to the left, climb a stone stile in the wall to the right, following a public footpath sign to Langwaite. The obvious path bears left towards another stile.

Continue to follow the path keeping Arkle Beck below to the right as the route crosses a succession of fields and stone stiles – over some of which, smaller dogs may require a helping hand. Again there may be sheep about, so be prepared to put your pooch on the lead.

Eventually the path joins a track; follow it downhill below the tree line to a gate next to Arkle Beck. Pass through and turn right alongside the beck then left across a wooden footbridge, before turning right for a short while following a footpath sign for Fremington along the opposite bank. Follow a footpath sign to the left and continue uphill passing the line of a tumble-down wall and turning right towards a farm.

Farm to End
Farm to End

Start point: 54.4032 lat, -1.9551 long
End point: 54.3891 lat, -1.9419 long

Pass in front of the farm (or follow the path around it), keeping the buildings to the right, then continue ahead to a painted waymarker and sign next to another collapsed wall. Keep ahead along the obvious path over more stiles before dropping down towards a wood by the beck. Ignoring the path towards the water, bear left back uphill keeping to the path through the trees before emerging into open country once again. Keep following the undulating path between two old stone gate posts, with the stone wall to the right.

There are glorious views of Arkengarthdale to enjoy, before the path takes a sharp turn to the right to arrive at a junction of paths by a stone stile and a metal gate.

Climb the stile and head downhill passing a stone barn to the left, before climbing two more stiles and turning left along an embankment parallel with the beck. Follow the footpath sign towards two large trees keeping a wall to the left. Pass through a gap in the wall to the left of the trees and continue across the field towards a waymarked gate. Pass through the gate and follow the footpath, with a wall to the right to another gate with a footpath sign. Turn right onto the road, crossing the bridge to head back into Reeth village.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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