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Raydale and Semer Water

A moderate walk (countryside) in national park Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England, about 14.70km (9.13 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 405m (1328ft)
Loss 398m (1305ft)
Max. Elevation 520m (1706ft)
Elevation (total) 803m (2633ft)
Start & End
Bainbridge
Distance 14.70km
(9.13mi)
Duration ~5:15h
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 11 Feb 2011
This is a walk around Raydale, one of the quieter dales in Yorkshire. Lots to see, including the wildlife at Semer Water, the quiet settlements of the dale, and an impressive Roman Road on the way home.

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Waypoints

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Take the bus to Bainbridge in Wensleydale. From the village centre, cross over the River Bain and follow the A684 out of town (heading east towards Worton).
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Just outside the village, take the footpath alongside a quiet country road. This leads towards Raydale.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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The path climbs over the edge of Worton Pasture, with great views into the river valley.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
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Drop down for a section along the riverbank.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from
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This is a gem within the Dales, the largest freshwater lake in the park. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has a leaflet with info about some species you may spot: www.ywt.org.uk/_filestore/File/Nature%20reserves/Semerwater.pdf
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
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Follow the lakeside road to Low Blean, where you can rejoin the footpath.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
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It's amazingly peaceful this far up the dale.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
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This is one of the tiny settlements around Semer Water. On the way here, you will pass the remains of an old chapel. Take the Busk Lane track to Marsett.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
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From Marsett, the hard bit of the day begins - the climb up to Wether Fell.
About 1.37 km (~0.85 miles) from
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It's a steep ascent, 350m of steady going. Along the top you will see the path of the old Roman Road, which runs directly back to Bainbridge.
About 1.91 km (~1.19 miles) from
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This Roman Road, which is very well preserved, once ran all the way from Bainbridge to Ingleton. It also makes navigation easy on the way home.
About 1.89 km (~1.17 miles) from
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The road runs right to the outskirts of town.
About 2.56 km (~1.59 miles) from
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Continue into Bainbridge for the bus home.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from

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