Thursday 24 Sept 2020

W16: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 5 – Addlebrough and Stake Allotments - new

Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at pull-in (4-5 cars) about 1Km before Cubeck (GR: SD963894) at 9.45am 12 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

Addlebrough is the distinctive small hill on the left-hand side of Wensleydale. We use the National Trust Permissive Path to get to the summit at 1,451 feet. The path takes us on to Carpley Green Farm where we pick up Busk Lane and cross the attractive heathland where curlew and oystercatchers can usually be seen. High Lane then takes us down through the limestone landscape to the hamlet of Stalling Busk in Raydale, with its views over Semerwater, to The Cam High Road. We follow the route of Wainwrights’s ‘Pennine Journey’ north to Bainbridge with a fine view of the remains of the Roman Fort.  From here we contour back along the escarpment via Thornton Rust.       


W17: Both Sides of Swaledale – A Downholme Circuit - revised shorter route

Leave Station car park 9.30am. Start at Round Howe car park (GR: NZ157009) at 9.45am 10 Miles. Moderate. £7

We did not have many takers on a 13 mile version of this walk on the last Saturday of the 2019 Festival. So we have shortened the route to concentrate on the highlights of this part of the Dale. Starting from the car park at Round Howe, this circular walk follows Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route as far as Marske. We then cross to Downholme Village and return along the southern side of the valley by way of a lovely but little known permissive footpath which is not marked on the map as it crosses MOD land. The whole walk gives astounding views of Lower Swaledale and the Hambleton Hills. A fine circuit with woods, fields and moorland.


W18: Hudswell and Hag Woods Nature Walk

Start at Station car park at 9.30am. 6.5 miles. Moderate. £7

Join the local National Trust Ranger for this popular walk through Hudswell and Hag Woods. We will be identifying flora and fauna as we go and discussing the management of these important woodlands and riverside meadows. Though on woodland tracks on the edge of Richmond, these are steep in places with some steps. Although a short walk we will be making plenty of stops to look at points of interest along the route so please bring a packed lunch.


H3: Gillingwood Hall - new

Start opposite Gilling West Village Hall (GR: NZ183051) at 10.15am. 3.8 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.  

In spring this is a favourite bluebell walk. By the end of September we should get some autumn tints in this lovely woodland.  We cross the fields to the hamlet of Hartforth with its interesting modern turreted house. We pick up Jagger Lane, once used to carry lead on horseback, up through the bluebell woods.   We leave the lane to skirt the horse fields round to the Grade 2 listed Gillingwood Hall with its mysterious follies, once part of the 18th century Hall which burnt down in 1750. Old Hall Lane takes us back to Gilling West.


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