Walks around Reeth & Upper Swaledale

Walks around Reeth & Upper Swaledale

Considered to be the capital of Upper Swaledale, the village of Reeth stands high above the confluence of the River Swale and the Arkle Beck and over the centuries has kept watch over the changing face of the dale.

Here the Mesolithic hunter/gatherer came on his foraging expeditions, the Bronze Age tribesmen created cattle ranches and began the early steps into agriculture and clashes arose between the native Celts and the invading Anglians who were to form the embryonic England.

The Vikings who recognised the similarities between their home and this little rugged dale came and settled, creating as they did so a character that can still be recognised today. During the Medieval period large religious houses became established, evidence of which still exists on the ground and in place names.

Then in the 17th and 18th centuries the industrialisation of the dale took place with hundreds employed in the mining and associated industries. Join the writer in a series of walks that explores both the countryside and the history that shaped it, in this corner of what is thought of as the most beautiful of all the Yorkshire Dales.

Walk 1. Hurst.
Walk 2. The Southern Dykes.
Special Feature: The Grinton - Fremington Dykes.
Walk 3. Marrick Abbey & Fremington Edge.
Walk 4. Maiden Castle. Special Feature: Maiden Castle.
Walk 5. The Enclosures of Calver.
Special Feature: Early Life on Calver Hill.
Walk 6. Whitaside Moor & Green Hills.
Walk 7. Surrender Smelt Mill & the Barney Beck.
Walk 8, Grinton How Smelt Mill & the Grovebeck Mines.
Special Feature: Grinton How Smelt Mill.
Walk 9. Harkerside & Apedale.

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