Hawes - Gayle - Wether Fell

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Hawes is a charming little market town in Upper Wensleydale and its well worth leaving time to have a mooch round after your walk. The walk itself follows the Pennine Way up through the adjacent village of Gayle, before climbing to Ten End Fell and the ancient trackway of West Cam Road. Get your breath back and take in the scenery - you've climbed the last significant climb of the day. The views from this track (which is said to pre-date the Roman occupation of Britain) into the valley of Snaizeholme Beck below, are stunning.

West Cam Road leads us to Dodd Fell, where we meet the Roman road of Cam High Road. The walking now is easy and the miles just melt away. We're walking above a new valley now, the Ottershaw Valley. This valley soon runs out of steam and the Cam High Road crosses a watershed to overlook firstly Sleddale on the left and then Bardale Brook Valley on the right.

We leave the metalled section of the Cam High Road after crossing the Kettlewell Road and as we approach Wether Fell, Semer Water and Raydale hove into view below us. Wether Fell is access land and you may wish to divert to the summit on one of the obvious paths.

Just after Wether Fell, we drop away from Cam High Road and descend steeply down Wether Fell Side and over pastureland back to Gayle, where we retrace our steps to Hawes.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales - Wensleydale


Ancient Monument, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall
9/14/2012 - Philip Scott

I walked this today, it was slightly breezy! A good walk, easy navigation and excellent views, I took a detour and visited the summits of Dodd Fell Hill and Wether Fell both are easily accessible as the walk passes right by both. There is no path to Dodd Fell summit so its open moorland walking, the top is not particularly spectacular and from what I saw is mainly a large bog, however, I am busy bagging as many hills over 2000ft in the dales as I can so for me the detour was worth it. Overall a good walk and worth the effort.

10/6/2011 - Tom and Joyce Kay

A really great walk that does not feel like 20km. Well worth the early effort.

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