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Fremington Edge and Arkengarthdale

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England, about 13.30km (8.26 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 285m (935ft)
Descent 304m (997ft)
Max. Elevation 470m (1541ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 589m (1932ft)
Start & End
Distance 13.30km
Duration ~4:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 03 Jul 2011
This walk explores a lesser known corner of the Yorkshire Dales, Arkengarthdale. Starting Reeth in Swaledale, it's a testing climb onto the classic dales escarpment of Fremington Edge. From here, you keep high before dropping down into Langthwaite, which will be familiar to fans of James Herriot programmes - much of the tv series was filmed here. The route concludes by following Arkle Beck along the dale back to Reeth. Buses to Reeth, but none go up Arkengarthdale, so make sure all party members will complete the route.

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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Reeth in Swaledale. Fremington Edge overshadows the town, offering a tempting view of the day ahead.
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Head through the town to the bridge over Arkle Beck. Immediately after crossing, a footpath heads off to your left along the river.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
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Where the path forks, take the right-hand path to Cuckoo Hill and Fremington Edge.
About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from
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A steep path leads directly up onto the Edge. There is a choice of paths, the right-hand one will give you more time along the Edge, which is the aim of the walk after all.
About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
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Once you have reached the path running along the crest of the Edge, head northwest, with Arkengarthdale below.
About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
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Continue along the top, enjoying the views into the dale, until Fell End Moor, where you can pick up the bridleway heading down into the dale.
About 1.94 km (~1.21 miles) from
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No two ways about it - Booze is a great name for a hamlet. A little further to the pub though.
About 1.80 km (~1.12 miles) from
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Continue on to Langthwaite, the largest settlment in Arklegarthdale. It's also where they filmed a lot of 'All Creatures Great and Small'. The Red Lion, which doubled as the Drover's Arms in the programme, is a good option for a pint. www.redlionlangthwaite.co.uk
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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It's possible to return to Reeth over Calver Hill, but I like to mix up a day's walking with some high and low stuff, so suggest following Arkle Beck along the course of the dale.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Look up to admire this old stone farm building.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Walking back beneath Fremington Edge gives you a different perspective of the feature. You can see more clearly the sharpness with which the rock was cut away as the glacial waters of the last Ice Age melted away.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
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There's a high road or a low road option - the bridleway running higher up the escarpment. They join just outside a small woodland, good for spotting birds, which love the quiet surroundings of Arkengarthdale.
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Back into Reeth for the bus home. Grinton Youth Hostel is a short walk away if you want to explore this area a little longer.
About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from

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18 Oct 2012

Very clear! thanks!I find the information I want.Will take the walk one day. It is a lively place!

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