Reeth Round

Reeth Round

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Reeth Round
Distance: 3½ miles
Duration: 1½ to 2 hours
Level of walk: EasyView Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…
If you want a fairly short walk in the Dales, with just a few climbs and you and your dog don’t mind hoping over dry stone walls, then this one is for you.  On this walk you will of course be rewarded with fantastic views of the Dales – Reeth is situated at the junction of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. The beautiful village has a nice buzz, with plenty to see and do after your walk.  If you’ve forgotten how beautiful the Dales can be, this walk will remind you.

What else you need to know

How to get there – From Richmond, take the A6108 towards Leyburn and follow signs to Reeth turning on to the B6270. From the south on the A1, take the A684 to Leyburn then right towards Bellerby and immediate left along Whippendale Bank to Reeth. There is also a limited bus service from Richmond –No.30 operated by Dales and District.

Suggested map OS Explorer OL 30 Yorkshire Dales – Northern and Central areas

Car park – limited street parking in Reeth, including on the village green for £1 per day left in the honesty box.

Start – war memorial on the green in centre of Reeth

Length/time – 3½ miles, takes around 1½ to 2 hours

Terrain/difficulty – EASY but with a couple of climbs, lots of open fields with some woodland

Dog friendliness – easy access to a stream for paddling, and plenty of open space in the green fields to romp around in. There may well be sheep in some of the fields – especially early on, so you’ll need to keep your dog on the lead at times. There are stone stiles (gaps in the dry stone walls) to negotiate on this walk.

Food and drink – the Buck Hotel in Reeth is dog-friendly and in good weather you are spoilt for choice, for cafés and pubs in Reeth where you can sit out with your dog.

Public toilets – provided by the edge of the green, opposite the Buck Hotel.

Other interesting info:

Thename Reeth originates from old English and means “the place by the stream”.  The picturesque market town used to be a centre for knitting and its history dates back to Saxon times.

The Walk

  1. Starting at the war memorial, head uphill towards a café by the green while keeping the post office to your right. Continue along a lane between houses and where the lane bends to the right follow a public footpath sign on the left, by a traditional iron lamp-post. Take a grassy path to a stone wall ahead; pass through the gap and ignoring a path to the right, head across the field, passing through a gate towards a stone stile in the left corner of the next field. Climb over then after a few yards, turn right through another gate and follow the wall to the right as far as the road.
  2. Turn right along Arkengarthdale Road for around ¼ mile using a gate on the left to negotiate a cattle grid. Return to the right-hand side of the road, and just after it bends to the left climb a stone stile in the wall to the right, following a public footpath sign to Langwaite. The obvious path bears left towards another stile.
  3. Continue to follow the path keeping Arkle Beck below to the right as the route crosses a succession of fields and stone stiles – over some of which, smaller dogs may require a helping hand. Again there may be sheep about, so be prepared to put Pooch on the lead.
  4. Eventually the path joins a track; follow it downhill below the tree line to a gate next to Arkle Beck. Pass through and turn right alongside the beck then left across a wooden footbridge, before turning right for a short while following a footpath sign for Fremington along the opposite bank. Follow a footpath sign to the left and continue uphill passing the line of a tumble-down wall and turning right towards a farm.
  5. Pass in front of the farm – or follow the path around it, keeping the buildings to the right then continue ahead to a painted way-marker and sign next to another collapsed wall. Keep ahead along the obvious path over more stiles before dropping down towards a wood by the beck. Ignoring the path towards the water, bear left back uphill keeping to the path through the trees before emerging into open country once again. Keep following the undulating path between two old stone gate posts, with the stone wall to the right. There are glorious views of Arkengarthdale to enjoy, before the path takes a sharp turn to the right to arrive at a junction of paths by a stone stile and a metal gate.
  6. Climb the stile and head downhill passing a stone barn to the left, before climbing two more stiles and turning left along an embankment parallel with the beck. Follow the footpath sign towards two large trees keeping a wall to the left. Pass through a gap in the wall to the left of the trees and continue across the field towards a way-marked gate. Pass through the gate and follow the footpath, with a wall to the right to another gate with a footpath sign. Turn right onto the road, crossing the bridge to head back into Reeth village.

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  1. Claire & Andy  - 28/08/2012 - 4:53 pm

    Lovely walk for the Bank Holiday – the views were lovely and we explored an area we have not previously visited. Watch out for the cows and calves in some of the later fields!

  2. Samantha  - 03/06/2013 - 11:53 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful walk. The scenery was breath-taking. Lottie and I walked it yesterday on a warm June day. There were only a few muddy patches. The cows and calves in the final (barn) field made me a little nervous, so I just picked up Lottie and ran for it 🙂 The Ivy tearoom in Reeth was lovely. We sat outside. Took about an hour and a half, with lots of pauses to read the direction sheet.

    • corina  - 03/06/2013 - 10:26 pm

      Yes it’s very beautiful around Reeth and this is a nice little taster of what the area has to offer you and your pooch. Hope the cattle didn’t spoil the walk for you. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  3. Danielle  - 16/09/2013 - 9:50 pm

    This walk was done lat winter after heavy rainfall which made the fields difficult to walk through. The highlight of the elk for pooch was swimming in the river.. Although I was sceptical of this as I saw a few rats hanging by the side of the embankment and couldn’t help think about lepto!! Directions not very clear after the river and the weather didn’t help, although friendly locals pointed us in the right direction. Would do this again in summer and its well worh a visit to the pub in the village- the landlord has a lab of his own and Millie was very appreciative of the roaring fire! Some stiles steep and difficult to get over especially when you have a heavy dog unwilling to jump!

  4. Danielle  - 16/09/2013 - 9:52 pm

    * pub is the black bull in reeth

  5. hattie  - 12/10/2013 - 7:35 pm

    Very enjoyable walk and great views in some areas and we liked going into all the abandoned shelters but early in the walk the
    directions were actually left but on the direction sheet it was right


  6. WIlliams  - 14/05/2017 - 7:40 pm

    Completed this walk today. Lovely route and dogs especially loved the beck!
    Two stiles which we found a tad diffult due to having big dogs who couldn’t jump up the wall and a big drop on other side.
    That aside they completed the walk and had a fab day 🙂

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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