Huggate and Dry Valleys Distance: 6 miles Duration: 3 hours Level of walk: Medium Check latest weather Why you should do this walk… A circular walk, of about 6 miles, from Huggate that passes through dry valleys created around 18,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age. These valleys, known locally as dales,…
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This walk is also available on the iFootpath website and App Reeth Round