East Keswick, Harewood House and the River Wharfe

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The walk starts at the village of East Keswick, from where we quickly pick up a local long-distance footpath known as the Leeds Country Way. Thisis a 60-mile footpath that circles the city of Leeds. We follow it west to enter the grounds of Harewood House with its beautiful grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. We also pass the set for the famous TV soap 'Emmerdale', though don't get too excited, soap fans - it's quite well screened from our walk, so a glimpse of the buildings' first floor is the most you will see. We stay in the grounds for a few kilometres, soon picking up the Ebor Way, which passes the main estate buildings and the church. The Ebor Way next takes us out of the grounds and into Harewood Village before dropping into the Wharfe Valley to pick up the river. After a mile or two of lovely riverside-walking, we climb out of the valley and back to East Keswick.

Dog-walkers please note the possible presence of livestock, a tricky road crossing and some dog-unfriendly stiles.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Pennines


Birds, Church, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Pub, Public Transport, River, Stately Home, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
10/12/2014 - Janet Pickard

Did this walk yesterday. Very pleasant and as always Sam's instructions were very clear and accurate. We went slightly wrong at Waypoint 19 too. The track goes straight ahead and veers sharply to the right. At first we went to the right but thought we had gone wrong a little way down. We back tracked and went straight ahead. This did lead us to the river and we followed a narrow track along. However, if we had stayed on the first option we would have come out at the same place. Waypoint 21 we could not find the 2nd stile to enter the steep field but staying on the path brings you out at the road anyway. An added bonus to the walk is that as you enter Harewood Village between Waypoints 16 & 17 a new cafe (Muddy Boots) has popped up in the village hall - a welcome coffee and toilet break!

9/22/2011 - Steve Barnes

Walked on 22/09/11. Very pleasant, directions excellent. Lots of red kite in the sky by the river Wharfe. Of no issue, but waypoint 19 missed me by. Thank you.

5/20/2008 - Sean Diver

Enjoyable walk, particularly enjoyed the stretch next to the River Wharfe, I shortened the route by turning right into the Woodland at waymark no.6 which passes through woods in the Harewood House Estate for approx.1 mile, this brings you out near the junction of Harewood House main entrance and the A61, then I followed waymarks 17 onwards, distance 8.5miles, time taken 3.5 hrs.

3/18/2008 - Paul Rowe

Very enjoyable, and straightforward walk. Look out for the successfully re-introduced Red Kite, in the skies above the estate. You should see these large birds of prey all year round.

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