Swaledale is one of the most northerly Dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It tends to be slightly less busy that some other parts of the Dales, but offers a spectacular variety of landscape and scenery.
My chosen hike takes in not just one but two of the UK's finest long-distance footpaths. The 18 mile trail starts off at the remote Tan Hill Inn which is England's highest pub. You then head southwards along the Pennine Way, which is one of Britain's best known trails. Once you reach the footpath above the village of Keld, you can then head off eastwards along the Alfred Wainwright's Coast To Coast long-distance path. This section of beautiful and challenging route takes you past many sites of historic interest from the region's mining past. It also takes you along beautiful river banks, up steep ravines, and across remote moorland, before finishing up in the heart of Swaledale in the village of Reeth. Here a classic village green and a selection of old fashioned pubs and tea rooms will ensure your walk is well rewarded.
Tan Hill, Reeth, Richmond, Swaledale, North Yorkshire Dales, DL11 6ED
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