Hawes - Bainbridge

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Hawes is the focus of much activity in the Northern Dales and not just for visitors. It is an important market and the biggest town for some distance around. Red Land-Rovers may not quite outnumber family cars with bike-racks and roofboxes (in summer at least) but there are plenty nonetheless.

This walk starts right in the middle of town and heads up behind the churchyard towards Gayle, leaving traffic behind almost immediately. This first section is always busy as it leads past Gayle Creamery - a possible first (and very early) stop. From Gayle, we head sharply uphill under the shadow of Wether Fell to join the Cam High Road. For those who haven't seen Semerwater, I recommend a short diversion to see over into Raydale - it may tempt you to visit another time.

The main route now follows the Roman road descending majestically and slowly towards Bainbridge. All the time we have the ever-changing scenery of the River Ure valley - Wensleydale - and the commons above, painted and repainted by the passing clouds. It's a glorious walk on a sunny day, summer or winter; your reward is the picturesque village of Bainbridge.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales - Wensleydale


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant

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14.3 Miles