Pateley Bridge and Guise Cliff

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The walk begins by going towards the hamlet of Bewerley before making one of a number of steep but short ascents through pastures. It goes through woodland by a small lake before emerging onto a lane, crossing a stream and rising sharply on another lane. Another steep pull-up follows before a drop into a beautiful valley and a climb out the other side.

You approach Yorke's Folly, two massive columns that look like part of a ruined church, and go onto open moorland on the edge of Guise Cliff, with the most extensive views of the valley and beyond.

A drop through woodland brings you to Guisecliff Tarn, very attractive in its setting, then down past cottages to a reservoir and the riverbank. An easy and tranquil walk on a well-made path leads back to Pateley Bridge.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales


Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Museum, Play Area, Pub, River, Toilets
7/10/2015 - David and Chris Stewart

We found this a truly delightful walk with so much variety. The problem around waymark 10 with the rights of way has been sorted. In summer there was a lot of bracken obscuring the path in places just after this point and the route after waymark 12 does go through a short bit of bog! We've uploaded a few new pictures to make navigation easier. Overall the views are fabulous and the walk through the trees to the tarn is lovely, especially on a warm summer day.

7/21/2010 - dick skellington

On the walk out of Pateley Bridge taking the numbered points in sequence beware that when you get to points 12 and 13 where it says bog and a disappearing path, it really does mean it. Waterproof boots are essential.Walking the route backwards we were told it is easier to find the path round the bog. Dick

10/22/2007 - Stephen Willcocks

We attempted walk ID 321 on 20th October, unfortunately there is no public right of way between way points 10 and 11 grid ref SE 151 640 and the fence pictured at point 11 has had a spiked metal top and is secured. I have checked a current OS map on line and although very difficult to view no right of way appears to be indicated. We did proceed along the footpath at point 10 but were unable to find a path back on track, the walk had to be aborted. In addition there is no longer a ford at point 8 this having been replaced with a road bridge. I would be interested to know when this walk was created?

8/12/2007 - John Barrans

11/08/07 An excellent walk, but it is stenuous and the scrambles up and down the valley required walking poles and care. My concern at this time of year was due to the height of the bracken between points 10 & 12 and the risk from ticks, we had in fact to beat a way through one stretch. So wear trousers during bracken growing season. For the more capable walker this is an excellent well planned route,and our thanks got to Jim for contributing it. John

9/6/2004 - dick skellington

An afterthought the steep descent and ascent around 10-11 make this walk more than a moderate one. There is need to scramble and climb out of the valley using your hands. beware too that the bridge at this point is slightly wobbly and in need of repair. A superb walk. I would advise it is raised to the higher level.

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