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|Hawes and Sedbusk|
|Author: DWY, Published: 03 Oct 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk from the small market town of Hawes, at the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. You will feel like you are in the heart of the Dales with this fairly energetic romp – categorised as medium difficulty because of the fairly stiff climb half way round. There are panoramic views, a chocolate box village and a great dog-friendly pub along the way. If that’s not enough, there’s even a paddling opportunity for your dog near the picturesque packhorse bridge on the way home too! |
The route has gentle gradients throughout plus one stiff climb. The route is easy to follow along stone and green paths. The route passes along some quiet roads for short periods. You will need to negotiate some gates and one ladder stile plus several other stiles designed as narrow gaps within dry stone walls with spring gates. A couple of these are a tight squeeze, so would pose a challenge for broader dogs (although small dogs and larger slender dogs should be fine). This is the Dales so expect to see plenty of sheep and be ready to keep your dog on a lead. River paddling is also available if conditions allow. Allow 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes in the Gayle Lane pay and display car park, off the main street (Market Place) at the west end of Hawes. From Richmond, take the A6108 to Leyburn then take the A684 towards Hawes. From the A1, take the A684 Northallerton to Kendal road through Wensleydale to Hawes. The No 156 or 157 bus from Bedale and Leyburn (operated by Dales and District) passes through Hawes. On Sundays and summer Bank Holidays, the Wensleydale Flyer (the No 856 bus operated by Dales Bus) runs from Northallerton through Bedale and Leyburn to Hawes. Bus journeys can be co-ordinated with a trip on the Wensleydale Railway, which runs from Leeming Bar to Redmire. Approximate post code DL8 3RQ.
|Start to River Ure Bridge|
Start point: 54.3035 lat, -2.2005 long
Following the signs near the ‘Welcome to Hawes’ board in Gayle Lane car park, take the steps or ramp towards Market Place – joining the main road through Hawes by the public toilets. Turn right and head along the pavement towards the town centre – taking either option where the road forks to follow the one-way system. Cross the Gayle Beck then turn left into the road to Hardraw and Muker, near the roadside stone carvings of a shepherd and his flock.
|River Ure Bridge to Hardraw Village|
Start point: 54.309 lat, -2.1917 long
Cross the river and continue along the quiet road as it curves left then right before heading uphill towards a line of trees. As the road starts to climb, look for a public footpath sign on the left near a gap in the dry-stone wall. Cross the road and climb the stone steps up to a gate and sign pointing the way to Hardraw (0.75 mile) along the Pennine Way. Pass through the gate and follow the wide green path with a dry-stone wall to the left. Keeping Great Shunner Fell in view ahead, continue on the path as it passes through a number of gates in the numerous dry-stone walls. Approaching Hardraw village the path becomes paved as it passes houses to the right and Hardraw Beck to the left.
|Hardraw Village to Simonstone Hall|
Start point: 54.3163 lat, -2.2052 long
Nearby is the dog-friendly Green Dragon Pub, gateway to the famous Hardraw Waterfall – and well worth a visit! Hardraw Force is England`s highest unbroken waterfall and is set within the grounds of the Green Dragon pub. The Force cascades from a reputed height of one hundred feet!
|Simonstone Hall to Sedbusk Village|
Start point: 54.319 lat, -2.1988 long
Turn right and head down the driveway to a road. Cross the road and turn left for a short distance before turning right through a gap in the wall to a wide farm track now following a footpath sign for Sedbusk. Pass farm buildings to the right and head towards a ladder stile over another dry-stone wall ahead. Continue in a straight line across several fields using gates and stiles before heading towards some houses – the village of Sedbusk ahead.
|Sedbusk Village to End|
Start point: 54.3163 lat, -2.1809 long
Turn right along the road by a red telephone box and head through the quiet village, downhill, passing a post box to the right before another magnificent view of Wensleydale comes into sight.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author DWY and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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