Hawes and Sedbusk
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 03 Oct 2016 Rating:
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty:
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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 (which dogs will need a lift on) 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 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.

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Walk Sections

Start to River Ure Bridge

Start point: 54.3035 lat, -2.2005 long
End point: 54.309 lat, -2.1917 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.

Follow the pavement next to the road as it passes over the former railway line, then at the entrance to an industrial estate bear left towards a kissing gate and wooden footpath sign for the Pennine Way and Haylands Bridge (0.25 mile). Pass through the wooden gate and continue on the stone path through the field – keep your dog under control if there are sheep about. Pass through another kissing gate (there is a dog-waste bin just beyond it), cross the road and head left next to a dry-stone wall. Pass through the gap in the wall and keep to the path next to the road as far as the bridge over the River Ure.

River Ure Bridge to Hardraw Village

Start point: 54.309 lat, -2.1917 long
End point: 54.3163 lat, -2.2052 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.

After passing a wooden Pennine Way footpath sign (marked with an Acorn), head through a wooden kissing gate out onto a road in Hardraw village.

Hardraw Village to Simonstone Hall

Start point: 54.3163 lat, -2.2052 long
End point: 54.319 lat, -2.1988 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!

After stopping for a drink, viewing the waterfall or just passing by the front of the pub, turn immediately left as if heading into the car park, following a public footpath sign to Simonstone (0.3 mile). Then look for a narrow gate by the wall on the right and following another Simonstone sign, passing close by a house. Follow the path through another gate up a short flight of stone steps into a field still following signs for Simonstone. At a kissing gate by the dry-stone wall, follow the straight ahead way-marker along an uphill path towards a stile in the wall ahead. Cross the stile – most dogs will need help here, and continue uphill – not forgetting to stop to enjoy the panoramic view of Wether Fell behind. Bear right past a house and following a footpath sign for Simonstone and Sedbusk, pass through a gate into a field.

With Simonstone Hall visible behind the trees, head across the field towards a gap in the wall by a barn. Pass through the gate and continue close to the dry-stone wall towards another gap in the wall leading to the driveway of Simonstone Hall.

Simonstone Hall to Sedbusk Village

Start point: 54.319 lat, -2.1988 long
End point: 54.3163 lat, -2.1809 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.

Passing between two houses head into Sedbusk, emerging on a wide grass verge with a bench – perfect for a tea and buns stop!

Sedbusk Village to End

Start point: 54.3163 lat, -2.1809 long
End point: 54.3037 lat, -2.2002 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.

Just after the road bears right turn right through a narrow gap in the dry-stone wall following a wooden footpath sign for Haylands Bridge (0.5 mile). Head diagonally across the grassy field towards the treeline below. Pass through a gate in the wall, cross the road and take the path opposite near another footpath sign for Haylands Bridge. Head diagonally, downhill across the field and over a beck keeping the bridge over the River Ure in sight straight ahead. Pass through another gate in the wall ahead into the next field and make for the pretty stone packhorse bridge by the trees. Cross the bridge and continue across the field to the road used earlier. Turn left along the road and retrace the route back to Hawes.

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4 responses to "Hawes and Sedbusk"

This is a terrible walk. There is little excitement loads of mud and too many gates/Stiles. Do not waste your time with it.

By dbates666 on 15 Feb 2017

Carole Stone: Done this walk today – absolutely beautiful and many fields free of sheep so they were able to run free a little too. Just be aware that some of the stiles are just narrow gaps in the stone walls – one was too narrow for my medium sized dogs to fit through….we had to pick them up and squeeze sideways, which wouldn’t be possible with a bigger dog.

By Facebook on 03 Mar 2015

Danielle: Have done this twice in the past- once in reverse – lovely views just sheep a plenty therefore leads required. I agree that a couple of stiles posed problems and meant we had to carry a 30kg dog over them on a very steep hill!! Nevertheless it is worth doing.

By Facebook on 09 Sep 2015

Great walk but yes beware there are several stiles unsuitable for dogs. Highly recommend lunch at hotel in simonsstone.

By jakesasha on 20 Aug 2017

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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