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Looking down Wensleydale from the Pennine Way as we descended from Dodd Fell towards Gayle
Looking down Wensleydale from the Pennine Way as we descended from Dodd Fell towards Gayle

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Route No. 774 - Thursday 16 May 2019
Linear Walk on the Pennine Way via
Kidhow Gate, Dodd Fell, West Cam Road,
Gaudy Lane, Gayle, Gale Beck Ford - 8km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


This morning was the start of another fine sunny day. My wife had volunteered to drive my friend, Jim, and me to our walk today. My wife drove us to Kidhow Gate on the Pennine Way at map ref. SD 829 833. We had driven up from Hawes, through Gayle and had turned right along a single track road that is part of the Cam High Road around the edge of Dodd Fell Hill (as it is called on the OS Explorer map).

Our starting point at Kidhow Gate where the Pennine Way turns off the Cam High Road on to the West Cam Road
Our starting point at Kidhow Gate where the Pennine Way turns off the Cam High Road on to the West Cam Road

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Inglebrough seen from Kidhow Gate
Inglebrough seen from Kidhow Gate

Looking along the valley of Snaizeholme Beck
Looking along the valley of Snaizeholme Beck

There were gentle undulations as we made our way around Dodd Fell
There were gentle undulations down . . .

Looking back to the head of the Snaizeholme valley
Looking back to the head of the Snaizeholme valley

We followed this track around the west side of Dodd Fell above the Snaizeholme valley with lovely views along the valley all the way. For the first few kilometers there are gentle undulations in the track as we made our way around the side of Dodd Fell. We continued on the route of the Pennine Way along the West Cam Road for about 3.7km to Ten End. Here the stony track continued down the hillside but our route along the Pennine Way bears right along a grassy path climbing gently over the shoulder of the fell.

From our starting point at Kidhow Gate we had a fine but hazy view of Inglebrough, about 10km away to the southwest. My wife drove back to spend a couple of hours in Hawes before meeting us in Gayle at the end of our walk. This should be a walk I can manage (almost all down hill). It is a way to see some of the lovely high level dales scenery with my wonky old knees. From the finger post sign at Kidhow Gate we set off northwards following the Pennine Way route along the stony track called the West Cam Road.

Setting off along the Pennine Way from Kidhow Gate
Setting off along the Pennine Way from Kidhow Gate

One of several gates across the West Cam Road
One of several gates across the West Cam Road

There were gentle undulations as we made our way around Dodd Fell
. . . and up as we made our way around Dodd Fell

Jim waiting for me to catch up at our turning at Ten End
Jim waiting for me to catch up at our turning at Ten End


Turning left off the West Cam Rd on to the grassy track at Ten End

Inglebrough seen over the head of the Snaizeholme valley
Inglebrough seen over the head of the Snaizeholme valley

Cairn by the path over the shoulder of the fell
Cairn by the path over the shoulder of the fell

Pennine Way path down to Gaudy Lane
Pennine Way path down to Gaudy Lane

Pennine Way path down to Gaudy Lane
Pennine Way path down to Gaudy Lane

After about 2.5km from Ten End we passed Gaudy House on our left where there was building work in progress and just below the house we came to a gate onto Gaudy Lane.

Over the shoulder of the fell the path dropped down along the end of the ridge from Dodd Fell with a lovely view along Wensleydale over Gale & Hawse.

Pennine Way climbing up from Ten End
Pennine Way climbing up from Ten End

Heading down from the fell towards Gayle
Heading down from the fell towards Gayle

Pennine Way path down to Gaudy Lane
Pennine Way path down to Gaudy Lane

Passing Gaudy House on our left
Passing Gaudy House on our left

Gate on to Gaudy Lane
Gate on to Gaudy Lane

Walking along Gaudy Lane
Walking along Gaudy Lane

Stile from the lane on to the field path
Stile from the lane on to the field path

Then we turned left off the lane onto a field path towards Gayle still following the Pennine Way route. We followed the clear path across two fields.

We walked along Gaudy Lane for about 600m to a 'T'-junction. At the junction we turned right for about 20m.

Turning right from Gaudy Lane
Turning right from Gaudy Lane

Stile between the first  and second fields
Stile between the first and second fields

Through the stile the Pennine Way turns left & our path heads diagonally across the field
Through the stile the Pennine Way turns left & our path heads diagonally across the field

Path diagonally across the field to Gayle
Path diagonally across the field to Gayle

Here we left the Pennine Way and followed a well walked path diagonally across the field and down to a stile onto a lane called Gaits at the edge of Gayle village.

At the wall at the end of the second field there was a finger post that indicated the Pennine Way turning sharp left along the edge of the next field.

Nearing the stile to the road in Gayle
Nearing the stile to the road in Gayle

Stile from the field path to the road called Gaits in Gayle
Stile from the field path to the road called Gaits in Gayle

Walking along Gaits towards the ford
Walking along Gaits towards the ford

Looking back at the ford over Gayle Beck
Looking back at the ford over Gayle Beck

It would have been much safer to continue along Gaits to the road through the village called Gayle Lane and the road bridge across the beck. My wife met us at the ford ready to drive us home. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us almost three hours to walk. It was a lovely route and this linear walk with a car ride up to the start is the only way I could have visited the high fells now-a-days.

We turned right and walked along Gaits for about 120m and then turned right off Gaits down a lane to the ford across Gayle Beck about 40m away. The ford was very shallow and we walked across it with out getting wet at all. We were very lucky because the bed of the ford is extremely slippery and we needed two trekking poles to keep our balance.

Our right turn off Gaits down to the ford
Our right turn off Gaits down to the ford

Looking downstream along Gale Beck at the ford
Looking downstream along Gale Beck at the ford

Crossing the very slippery ford over Gayle Beck at the end of our walk
Crossing the very slippery ford over Gayle Beck at the end of our walk

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