GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

West and East Witton Walk

17 miles (27 km)

This circular walk takes you between the villages of West and East Witton in North Yorkshire. On the way there's some lovely Wensleydale scenery and visits to Coverham Abbey and Jervaulx Abbey. There's also some nice waterside sections along the River Cover and River Ure to enjoy.
The walk starts in West Witton and follows footpaths south east to Capple Bank and Spigot Lodge. You then turn south to Tupgill Park before coming to the remains of Coverham Abbey. The 12th century abbey ruins are aScheduled Ancient Monumentand aGrade I listed building.
You then head east along the River Cover, the River Ure and the long distance Six Dales Trail to visit Jervaulx Abbey. The 12th century ruined abbey is surrounded by 126 acres of attractive parkland with wildflowers, grazing sheep, a pretty pond and fine views of the surrounding North Yorkshire countryside. There's also a lovely tea rooms to stop at for refreshment.
The route then retraces its steps before turning south to visit East Witton where there's a fine 18th century stone pub to visit.
After exploring the village you follow country lanes west to Braithwaite Hall. This 17th-century manor house in Coverdale is Grade II listed and run by the National Trust. From here you continue to Cherry Hill and Hanghow Pastures. You then pass Agllethorpe and Middleham High Moor before turning north to return to West Witton.

West and East Witton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

West and East Witton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near West and East Witton

  • Jervaulx Abbey - This walk explores the photogenic ruins of the historic Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.
  • Leyburn - The market town of Leyburn has some lovely trails to follow through beautiful Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.
    This circular walk from the town visits the pretty little village of Wensley with a riverside section along the River Ure
  • Bedale - Enjoy a walk along the pretty Bedale Beck on this easy walk in North Yorkshire
  • Masham - A circular walk exploring the countryside and rivers around the small town of Masham in North Yorkshire
  • Leighton Reservoir - This circular walk visits Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs before climbing into the surrounding moors for great views back down to the water
  • Six Dales Trail - This stunning walk passes through six of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale, Washburndale, Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and Wensleydale
  • Wensleydale - This walk takes you from the village of Wensley, along the River Ure to Redmire Force Waterfall and the Aysgarth Falls
  • Harmby Waterfall Walk - This short walk explores the pretty waterfall at Harmby in the Lower Wensleydale area of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Leyburn Shawl Walk - This circular walk explores the Leyburn Shawllimestone escarpment in Wensleydale
  • Middleham - This circular walk takes you around the countryside surrounding the North Yorkshire village of Middleham

Pubs/Cafes

The Blue Lion in East Witton is a good choice for refreshment. The 18th-century ivy-covered stone pub serves good quality food and can be found at the Main Road, East Witton, DL8 4SN.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Blue Lion mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route passes close to neighbouring Middleham where you can visit the historic castle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks and the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.

Photos

A684 eastbound through West Witton village (geograph 2960760)

A684 eastbound through West Witton village.

The Blue Lion at East Witton. - geograph.org.uk - 527400

The Blue Lion at East Witton. The Blue Lion was originally built towards the end of the 18th century as a coaching inn, attracting trade from travellers and cattle drovers on their journey through Wensleydale.

Coverham Abbey

Coverham Abbey. The site is usually inaccessible to the public but can be glimpsed from the churchyard of Coverham's redundant medieval parish church,Holy Trinity Church, Coverham.

Footpath to West Witton - geograph.org.uk - 556420

Footpath to West Witton. The path hugs the northern edge of Spigot Lodge Plantation.

Jervaulx Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 1401425

Jervaulx Abbey

River Cover - geograph.org.uk - 127148

River Cover

Ridge-and-furrow near Braithwaite Hall - geograph.org.uk - 94637

Ridge-and-furrow near Braithwaite Hall. Medieval ridge-and-furrow is clearly shown in slanting winter sunlight; the 17th century farmhouse of Braithwaite hall is at upper right.

Mill Race, Coverham - geograph.org.uk - 439775

Mill Race, Coverham Tracing the line of the mill race upstream from Coverham Low Mill [SE1186] is interesting. For a short way it is exposed, but for most of its course it is in a culvert beneath the fields. This short section appears to have been deliberately exposed to provide water for farm animals. Unfortunately the junction of mill race with the river is inaccessible.

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Memory Map Route

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