W10: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 3 – Penhill, West Burton and Knights Templar - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am Start at Layby on A684 before West Witton (GR: SE067885) at 9.30am 11 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
We start with a steady climb out of the village up the flank of Penhill and up the short steep escarpment to the beacon on the eastern end of the moor. Good sandy paths through the peat take us the length of Penhill to the Height of Hazely at 1,814 feet. We can admire an expansive view of Wensleydale to the north and Coverdale reveals itself to the south. Then a gentle descent to pick up the track which connects the two Dales and follow this down to Cote Bridge. We stay high above West Burton to Morpeth Gate, and contour along the side of Wensleydale to the Preceptory of The Knights Templar and its tiny stone graves. From here it is fairly level walking back to West Witton.
W11: Fremington Edge and Calver
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Reeth Village Green (GR: SE038993) at 9.45am. 10 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7
This is a classic walk in this part of the Dale giving great views of both Swaledale and Arkengarthdale – but there is plenty of height to be gained – hence the grading. From Reeth we climb up to Fremington Edge and walk along the top, before dropping down to Storthwaite Hall. After crossing the footbridge to Arkle Town, we follow the track to an old quarry below Cringley Hill then down to Fore Gill Gate. We climb again to the top of Calver Hill before descending back to the finish in Reeth.
W12: Hudswell and Hag Woods Nature Walk
Start at Station car park at 9.30am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7
Join the local National Trust Ranger for a walk through Hudswell and Hag Woods. We will be identifying flora and fauna as we go and stopping to discuss the management of these important woodlands and riverside pastures. Despite being on the edge of Richmond some of the woodland paths are steep with some steps. Hag Wood may also be very slippery in wet conditions. Please bring lunch and a drink. Although the walk is relatively short we do stop to discuss points of interest and we usually eat lunch above Hag Wood at one of Turner’s views of Richmond Castle. The walk usually takes around 6 hours.