Wednesday, 15 May 2019

399 Walks from Hawes 2019

Our next walking will be on
Saturday 8th June 2019
and will be from 

Hawes in North Yorkshire

a magical little market town

This magical little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and set amidst breath-taking scenery it's no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains' and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.

There will be three walks:
  • A Walk led by Garth Raybould
  • B Walk led by Beverley Kelly
  • C Walk led by Jennifer Mathias
Further details will be added as they become available, but by Saturday 1st June 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A Walk from Hawes 2019

Walk Leader; Garth Raybould
Walk Distance: 10 Miles app
Total ascent/descent: 2300ft 
(Total ascent: up to 1850 ft (570m))
A Route showing approx destinations (Clockwise)
From Hawes we follow a field path to Burtersett and then head uphill across fields and moorland to the top of the ridge at Green Scar. The route from here depends on the weather. If fine, we descend directly to Marsett Bridge and then follow the Bardale Beck path (very indistinct in places) back to the top of the ridge at Bardale Head.
From here we return to Hawes via the Roman road along the ridge and down to Gayle village. If poor, we descend instead to Countersett and walk around Semer Water to Marsett before climbing the ridge again by a more distinct path; again the final descent is via Gayle - where there is an opportunity to stock up on Wensleydale cheese at the factory.
Both routes involve boggy ground in places so if you like gaiters to protect against mud you will find them useful. Both routes also have very exposed sections where full waterproofs will be required in bad weather.

B Walk from Hawes 2019

Walk Leader; Beverley Kelly
Walk Distance: 8 Miles app
Total ascent/descent: 1470 ft app 

A walk down Raydale which is like going back to the English countryside of 100 years ago, it is so quiet and unspoilt. The paths are natural, the air is clear and the buildings are old, even the village has a quant old English name.

The coach will drop us off at Bainbridge1, a lovely small village complete with stocks, village green and toilets.
We cross the bridge over the river Bain, the shortest river in England and soon reach the pathway alongside the river. We follow this for  about 2 miles across fields full of wild flowers, grasses, wild life and also stiles2!!! Until we reach Semer Water, a natural lake with a terrible story!

We skirt the lake with wonderful views of Great Shumner until we find the remains of  Stalling Busk Old Church.
A small climb now to Stalling Busk, a pretty village where we can purchase tea and cakes to go with our lunch if we desire.

It is down Busk Lane now to Marsett crossing the beck to reach a farm. We then start a climb to Cam High Road, an old Roman Road , gaining views of the exceptional valley we have just walked. From the top there are views all round to savour.

A short distance on and Hawes comes into view and a steady descent to Gayle where the Wenslydale cheese is made and then across a field to Hawes and refreshments



C Walk from Hawes 2019

Walk Leader: Jennifer Mathias
Walk Distance: 5.5 Miles app
Total ascent/descent:680ft
C Route approx using main destinations (clockwise)
 Leaving Hawes we walk along the road towards Gayle to take a path heading West across the fields. Dropping down onto a road we head for Thorne Mire House. The vista opens up before us. Following Widdale Beck, with its series of falls down under a viaduct of a disused railway we come to Appersett.
We then have a short walk along the road before a little, steady climb towards Bluebell Hill. Then we pick up The Pennine Way through Hardraw back into Hawes.

There are a lot of stiles along the way. Most of these are just a step over and a gate. If anyone wishes to see the waterfall at Hardraw Force, the pleasure of seeing the 96 ft drop. It is the highest single drop in the Dales. It will cost you £2.50.

Photographs from Coniston.

 B Walk Photographs from Coniston