Yorkshire Dales Walking Weekend
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – Bishopdale Valley Bunkhouse, Thoralby, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TB
When – March 22nd-24th 2013 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £63.50 (includes 2 nights accommodation and guided walks)
We will leave London Friday evening for the drive north which should take about 5 hours. Our accommodation is Bishopdale Valley Bunkhouse which is just 150 metres from Street Head Inn pub which is owned by the same people. The accommodation sleeps 20 people in 4 bunk rooms and all bedding is provided. The property is centrally heated throughout and there is a well equipped kitchen, large common / dining room and a drying room.
On Saturday we will leave the accommodation at 9:30am and drive the 15 miles to Keld where our walk will start. The 11.25 mile (18km) route crosses the River Swale, passing the Coast to Coast path before heading North on the Pennine Way all the way to Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest Inn at 1,732 feet (528 metres). There will only to be time for a quick half pint before we need to head in a South Westerly direction, eventually reaching the summit of Robert’s Seat (549 metres). When we then reach Ravenseat we join the Coast to Coast path closely following the River Swale and passing scenic waterfalls which include Currack Force and Cutrake Force. The walk should take just over 6 hours to complete after which we will drive back to the accommodation. In the evening you are free to either self cater using the accommodation kitchen or we can eat out in a local pub, the Street Head Inn being the natural choice.
On Sunday our walk is starts in West Burton, less than 2 miles from the accommodation. Known as Wensleydale’s waterfall walk this 6 mile (9km) route should take us about 2 1/2 hours to complete. After a short stop to look at West Bruton Falls we cross fields and head to the Knights Templar remains that are Penhill Perceptory. The site shows exposed foundations of a chapel and 3 oblong objects thought to be tombs. The tombs are small, some believe this is because high ranking Templars are thought to have been dismembered before burial, the head and lower limbs buried separately (skull and crossed bones). The route then follows the road for a kilometer before joining a footpath that follows the River Ure with views of hugely popular Aysgarth Falls. We then reach the village of Aysgarth where there is a pub which we may stop at briefly (alternatively we can stop at the pub in West Burton at the end of the walk). From Aysgarth it’s a short walk back to the start point. We expect to depart the area around 1pm and so you can expect to be back in London by about 6:30pm latest.
What to bring
- Hiking Boots and clothes
- Towel and toiletries
- Food for breakfast and packed lunches