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Swaledale from a minor road near High Fremington
Swaledale from a minor road near High Fremington

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Route No. 610 - Thursday 25 February 2016
Reeth, River Swale, Grinton Bridge,
High Fremington, Reeth Bridge circuit - 6km
Swaledale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas


The green in the centre of Reeth and Fremington Edge beyond seen from the cobbled car park
The green in the centre of Reeth and Fremington Edge beyond seen from the cobbled car park

Setting off along the road in front of the Black Bull Hotel
Setting off along the road in front of the Black Bull Hotel

Following the alley way towards Back Lane
Following the alley way towards Back Lane

From the car park we followed the road on the west side of the car park in front of the Black Bull Hotel, heading south. The road bends a little to the right and ends in a cul-de-sac. in the right hand corner of the cul-de-sac there is an alley way between the houses & gardens continuing southwards to Back Lane.

It was another fine bright day today with a frosty start. My friend, Jim, and I drove out to Reeth in Swaledale. We parked on the little cobbled parking area near the top of the village green at map ref. SE 038 993.

Start of the alley way from the end of the cul-de-sac
Start of the alley way from the end of the cul-de-sac

Following Back Lane from the end of the alley way
Following Back Lane from the end of the alley way

Walking along Back Lane westwards out of Reeth
Walking along Back Lane westwards out of Reeth

Turning left down the hill at the end of the Back Lane track
Turning left down the hill at the end of the Back Lane track

Greylag geese grazing by the path
Greylag geese grazing by the path

Tree planting along the river bank
Tree planting along the river bank . . .

We turned right to continue along this public footpath through an area newly planted with tree saplings for about 250m to a pedestrian suspension bridge across the River Swale. Despite the winter floods there did not seem to be any damage to the bridge.

Where the alley way emerges on to Back Lane we turned right and walked along Back Lane for about 300m to the end of the lane. At the end of the lane we turned left to follow a track down the hillside and through a gate at the bottom to the north bank of the river at map ref. SE 034 989.

Track down to the river bank from Back Lane
Track down to the river bank from Back Lane

The gate down to the river bank
The gate down to the river bank

it's good to see so much tree planting being done
. . . it's good to see so much tree planting being done

The pedestrian suspension bridge across the River Swale
The pedestrian suspension bridge across the River Swale

Crossing the river on the suspension bridge
Crossing the river on the suspension bridge

Crossing the field to a bridleway at the foot of the hill
Crossing the field to a bridleway at the foot of the hill

There were lovely views across the river to Reeth and up & down the valley in the bright winter sunshine.

We crossed the bridge and then turned left to follow a public footpath across the field for about 200m to join a bridleway at map ref. SE 032 987.

Crossing the river on the suspension bridge
Crossing the river on the suspension bridge

Joining the bridleway at the foot of the hill side
Joining the bridleway at the foot of the hill side

Looking up Swaledale from the suspension bridge
Looking up Swaledale from the suspension bridge

Following the bridleway down the valley
Following the bridleway down the valley

Through the gate the field path becomes a walled track
Through the gate the field path becomes a walled track

Joining the road in to Grinton
Joining the road in to Grinton

We continued in the same eastwards direction along the road for about 500m to St. Andrews Parish Church in Grinton.

We walked along this bridleway, which soon became a walled track, for about 1km to a road at map ref. SE 041 984.

Following the bridleway down the valley
Following the bridleway down the valley

Following the walled track down the valley
Following the walled track down the valley

Following the road into Grinton
Following the road into Grinton

St Andrews parish church in Grinton - 'The Cathedral of the Dales'
St Andrews parish church in Grinton - 'The Cathedral of the Dales'

Turning off the road into St Andrews churchyard
Turning off the road into St Andrews churchyard

Snowdrops in the churchyard
Snowdrops in the churchyard

The old Corpse Stones, where the pallbearers would have rested the wicker coffins, can still be seen (eg at Ivelet Bridge). At the church we turned left through a gate to follow a path across the churchyard and out to the road at the junction with the B6270.

This church is known as 'The Cathedral of the Dales' and heading up the dale it was the last consecrated ground for burials in the dale. Coffins were carried from the head of the dale around Keld along the old Corpse Road for burials at St Andrews.

St Andrews church
St Andrews church

St Andrews church
St Andrews church

Road junction at the Bridge Inn in Grinton
Road junction at the Bridge Inn in Grinton

Looking for fish over the bridge parapet
Looking for fish over the bridge parapet

Looking back to Grinton Bridge over the River Swale
Looking back to Grinton Bridge over the River Swale

Heading downstream along the riverside path
Heading downstream along the riverside path

At the river bank we turned left to follow the public footpath eastwards along the northern bank of the river. After about 600m along the river bank we turned left away from the river to climb up to a minor road at map ref. SE 054 986.

On the opposite side of the junction is The Bridge Inn. We kept straight on here to follow the B6270 across the road bridge over the River Swale. Once over the river we turned right off the road to follow a track back to the riverside.

Road over the bridge where we turned right back to the river
Road over the bridge where we turned right back to the river

Heading downstream along the riverside path
Heading downstream along the riverside path

Turning away from the river to climb up to the road
Turning away from the river to climb up to the road

The gate on to the road from the riverside path
The gate on to the road from the riverside path

Looking up the valley from the road
Looking up the valley from the road

Crossing the field to the road at the top
Crossing the field to the road at the top

Following the road towards High Fremington
Following the road towards High Fremington

After about 200m we came to a left hand bend in the road. Here we kept straight on over a stile on the right hand side of the road to join a public footpath.

We crossed the road and continued across the field along a public footpath climbing up to another minor road at map ref. SE 057 987. At this road we turned left to walk along the road heading roughly westwards.

Crossing the stile to the path across the field
Crossing the stile to the path across the field

Gate on to the road at the top of the field
Gate on to the road at the top of the field

Looking up to Fremington Edge from the road
Looking up to Fremington Edge from the road

Turning right off the road to follow a footpath across the fields to High Fremington
Turning right off the road to follow a footpath across the fields to High Fremington

Path across the fields to High Fremington
Path across the fields to High Fremington

The path to High Fremington becomes a walled track
The path to High Fremington becomes a walled track

Following the road into High Fremington
Following the road into High Fremington

At this road we turned left and walked along the road down hill for about 50m to a crossroads at map ref. SE 046 990. At the crossroads we turned right and followed the road for about 150m to a left hand bend in the road.

This path took us across the fields with lovely views across the valley to High Harker Hill. After about 900m along this path we came to a minor road on the edge of High Fremington.

Path across the fields to High Fremington
Path across the fields to High Fremington

The track led us to the road above High Fremington
The track led us to the road above High Fremington

Looking back to the crossroads in High Fremington
Looking back to the crossroads in High Fremington

Turning right off the road north west of High Fremington
Turning right off the road north west of High Fremington onto a farm track, then immediately left onto a path across the fields

We turned left here off the farm track to a field path
We turned left here off the farm track to a field path

Path across the fields heading for Reeth Bridge
Path across the fields heading for Reeth Bridge

This path led us down to the B6270 at Reeth Bridge. At the road we turned right and followed the road back into Reeth and up to the car park at the end of our walk.

At this bend in the road we kept straight on to join a track on the right hand side of the road and then immediately turned left to join a public footpath across the fields.

Path across the fields heading for Reeth Bridge
Path across the fields heading for Reeth Bridge

Path across the fields heading for Reeth Bridge
Path across the fields heading for Reeth Bridge

Joining the road (B6270) at Reeth Bridge to end our walk in Reeth
Joining the road (B6270) at Reeth Bridge to end our walk in Reeth

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