Ravensworth – Gayles – Kirby Hill - Whashton - Ravensworth

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A great little ramble on the north-east fringe of the Yorkshire Dales National Park that includes visits to three lovely little villages. The walk, centred in the triangle of Darlington, Barnard Castle and Richmond, starts with flat walking from Ravensworth before the route climbs steadily to border a huge MoD training area; where great views are revealed of the North Yorkshire and South County Durham countryside. The remainder of the route is then either downhill or on the level as the walk returns to Ravensworth.

From Ravensworth there follows a long flat section through fields and along a lane as the walk intersects the first of three villages on the route. A gradual ascent takes you up through fields, a wood and a stony lane to the highest point of the walk where the route levels off alongside the huge MOD training area, from where there are outstanding panoramic views of great swathes of North Yorkshire and southern County Durham. The remainder of the walk from here is either downhill or level as the route passes initially through a delightful walled lane before a long section of road-walking on quiet roads where the route passes through the villages of Kirby Hill and Whashton. The final section of the walk is almost all flat walking through a series of fields and lanes to return to Ravensworth.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Richmondshire

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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