W6: The High Fells Challenge Day 2 - Dodd & Wether Fells (new)
Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start Gayle (GR SD872893) 10.00am. 12 miles. Moderate. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Setting off from the pretty village of Gayle with its lovely cascade, we follow Gaudy Lane and the Pennine Way up onto the fells. We strike off the beaten track to ascend to the summit of Dodd Fell at 2,192ft with views over Wensleydale and across to the Yorkshire Three Peaks. We then descend to the small road through the hillsides, which show the wounds of mining in times past, soon joining the Roman Cam High Road to the top of of Wether Fell, also called Drumaldrace at 2,014ft. The path then descends back to Gayle, down the steep hillside, with panoramic views of Wensleydale and the horseshoe of high fells around Hawes.
W7: The Feldom Wander
Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start at Feldom Gate (GR: NZ126030) at 9.45am. 9 miles. Moderate. £7.
Always the first walk to be fully booked due to the appeal of its special access to rarely-walked MOD land. A mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys, this is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, rich in wildlife and archaeology – including ancient rock art and cup & ring marks. Who knows what else we will find?
W8: Easby Abbey and Round Howe
Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. 6 miles. Easy. £7.
Richmond and its Norman Castle, set on the cliff top high above the River Swale, forms the focal point for this walk, which visits some beautiful riverside areas, including the National Trust's woodland at Round Howe, and the impressive ruins of Easby Abbey.
H1: Hartforth & Gillingwood Hall
Start 10.15am outside Gilling West Village Hall. DL10 5JJ. 4 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the day.
Crossing the meadows to the old estate village of Hartforth, we cross Gilling Beck and head through lovely woods up the hill along the historic Jagger Lane, once frequented by the lead carrying ponies. We return through Gillingwood Hall Farm with its odd castleated walls and follies. Refreshments afterwards at The White Swan.
H2: Richmond, Sandbeck and Hudswell Woods
Start 6.30pm outside Richmond Swimming Pool. DL10 4LD. 3.5 miles. Easy. Free, just turn up on the night.
This lovely walk starts at Richmond Swimming Pool and follows the old railway line and new green lane cycle route towards Catterick Garrison, before crossing open fields with surprise views of Richmond and its castle prior to descending into the pretty Sandbeck and Flowery Dell returning through Hudswell Woods. Refreshments afterwards at Richmond Pool.