Circular Walk in Swaledale
This 11 mile circular walk around Swaledale takes in some of the highlights of this beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales. On the way you'll enjoy lovely riverside sections along the River Swale, a series of lovely waterfalls and a visit to the striking Gunnerside Gill.
The walk starts from the little village of Gunnerside where you will find a parking area, a pub and tea rooms for refreshments. Here you can also pick up waterside footpaths running west along the River Swale to Muker. Here you turn north and continue along the river to Catrake Force waterfall. It's a beautiful spot comprising of a series of 4 steps each with its own small waterfall. The largest single drop being about 20 feet (6.1 m). Just east of here you will soon come to the noteworthy Kisdon Force. These stunning falls drop 10 metres (33 ft) over two cascades and are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods with mixed broad-leaved woodland including ash, wych elm and rowan trees.
The route then continues east toward Gunnerside Moor. Just south of here you will pass another major highlight of the area at Gunnerside Gill. It's a beautiful valley with imposing scars, woodland, waterfalls and the pretty Gunnerside Beck running through the centre.
The final stage of the walk takes you south along the pretty Gunnerside Beck which leads you back to the village.
To continue your walking in the area try the Gunnerside Gill Circular Walk which also starts in the village. The area has a fascinating industrial history having been a significant area for lead mining in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. You will pass several ruined buildings from this period including the remains of Blakethwaite Smelt Mill and the old mine offices.
Our Reeth Circular Walk also has some nice riverside paths and the opportunity of visiting the Swaledale Museum.
The Richmond Circular Walk visits the historic castle and the rushing waters of Richmond Falls.