I took a long trip to Reeth in Swaledale on Tuesday given the was a break in the recent poor weather. Soon as that sun comes out, I am off out into the countryside for some ecotherapy. I cannot stress enough the advantages of pushing through mental illness to get out of the house and into nature.
I travelled through some amazing landscapes and villages on the (B16160) and promised myself i would be back when there was another break in the weather to explore the area. Now this trip took me at least two and a half hours, given I set off rather late in the day, but it was worth the time and effort and it is a pity I did not have more time to hang around after my walk.
A natural amphitheatre surrounded by spectacular scenery and stunning panoramas, Reeth was championed by Ella Pontefract, one of the Yorkshire Dale’s most esteemed authors as “a little country in itself.
This quirky Saxon settlement had a huge voice in the domestic economy and is best known for its extensive contribution to England’s lead industry. In its heyday Reeth was producing over 10% of the country’s lead, and as a result it is regularly referred to as the capital of Swaledale.
When you arrive in Reeth you can park on the green in the centre and make a donation in one of the donation boxes provided which i really like the ideology of. There is a post office and pubs all within the green area.
From the Green walk back down the main street and take a right on to Back Lane and start your walk from here. Use the GPX file provided and the Viewranger App and things can’t get much easier. The walk takes you down by the River Swale, across the swing bridge and back towards Grinton before heading out to high Fremington for some great views before heading back towards Reeth.
On the last leg of the walk you have to walk through some farm land with cattle, to the right the best you can and even get on the riverside of the fence until you have to come back field side. There was painting on some farm walls saying no right of way which i ignored given I did not think it was true and nobody stopped me.
During my walk I came across 2 local ladies who I had great conversation with, and that is what i love about the Yorkshire Dales, the people are fantastic!