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 we carry on pretty much on the level back to West Witton.
W11: Fremington Edge and Calver
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start Reeth Village Green (GR: NY892012) at 9.45am. 10 miles TBC. 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. Depending on bridge repair work we will cross the footbridge direct to Arkle Town, or may need to divert via the pretty village of Langthwaite. 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: Wensleydale by Foot and Train - revised route from last year’s walk
Leave Station car park at 9.15am. Start at the top of Leyburn Market Place at 9.45am. Car parking in Leyburn Market Place (honesty box) or Council car park (charges). We will finish our walk in Redmire in time to take the 3.55pm train back to Leyburn and our cars. 7 miles. Moderate. £7 (Rail ticket costs £5 extra to be purchased on the day, pay on the day).
Leaving Leyburn Market Place our walk takes us along the wooded path above the limestone escarpment of Leyburn Shawl with fine views of Wensleydale and Penn Hill. We visit the hidden remains of a smelt mill and lead mine before reaching Bolton Castle with its tales of Mary Queen of Scots. Our return journey to Leyburn will be aboard a train on the heritage line run by the Wensleydale Railway.