2.9 of 5 (3 votes)

Apedale from Aysgarth

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England, about 19.70km (12.24 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 349m (1145ft)
Descent 343m (1125ft)
Max. Elevation 560m (1837ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 692m (2270ft)
Start & End
Distance 19.70km
Duration ~6:45h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 03 Mar 2015
Apedale is a little-known dale to the north of Wensleydale. It's a bit of a hike to get here, but well worth the effort. These hidden corners of the dales are a world away from the tourist honeypots. Quite a few buses stop at Aysgarth, but they do vary depending on the day and season. Check times back carefully before setting. Or even better, spend the night in Wensleydale and do a second walk the next day!

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Take the bus to Aysgarth in Wensleydale.
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Cross the river and follow the road to Carperby. Turn right at the T-junction.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from
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Turn left opposite the pub and take the track leading uphill.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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Follow the track uphill and where it splits, take the middle fork. Keep on this track, which veers round the southern side of Great Wegber.
About 2.27 km (~1.41 miles) from
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Continue on past Greenhaw hut, an old mining building now open to offer shelter for those on the moors.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Cross over Baldon Beck and head uphill again onto East Bolton Moor. Once up high, head towards the high ground.
About 1.81 km (~1.12 miles) from
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Following the edge of the stream head brings you to the track that leads down Apedale. Follow this into the dale.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
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This feels very remote these days but was once a heavily mined area. Old mine workings can be seen around the valley.
About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
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At the bottom of the dale, you reach a path junction. Head south here towards Castle Bolton.
About 1.81 km (~1.12 miles) from
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This tourist hotspot is worth a potter if the legs are still obliging. A rejuvinating cup of tea is certainly a good idea before the final stretch. There are occasional buses from Castle Bolton if you want to finish here, but far more stop at Aysgarth.
About 2.37 km (~1.47 miles) from
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A sloping path via West Bolton returns you to Aysgarth.
About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
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From Carperby there is a footpath returning to Aysgarth if you don't want to walk via the road.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
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Finish back at Aysgarth for the bus home.
About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from

1 comment... join the discussion!

Ian Furness
30 May 2017
Long, Challenging And Beautiful

This walk turned out to be nearer 18 miles, we started about a mile from Aysgarth Falles and returned by the steppingstones over the Ure, just south of Castle Bolton.

The area around Apedale head is remote and it is necessary to navigate across open fell From the waypoint on East Bolton Moor.

There is a nice tea room at Bolton Castle.

The is a nice tea a

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