Walk 5- Fremington Edge: A ridge walk with superlative views followed by a descent to Langthwaite to the Red Lion made famous by All Creatures Great and Small finishing in Reeth. This walk can ideally be undertaken using the summer Northern DalesBus from Preston/ Ribblehead or Middlesbrough/Darlington: Start at Reeth or Fremington and finish at Reeth - 8 miles - 4.5 hours.Back to Swaledale
If starting from Reeth follow the main road out of the village and across the bridge to Fremington. Otherwise leave the bus at Fremington bus shelter (on the bend on the way out of the village towards Richmond). Continue up the steep narrow road behind the shelter and bear left around the cottages at the top and straight on at the next junction still following the lane and climbing uphill. The lane carries on diagonally uphill for 1/2 mile passing through a gate to become an unmetalled track. The views over Reeth are very good. Still continuing uphill a path veers off to the left near the top and bears left once the edge is reached.
Now follow Fremington Edge for some 1.5 miles. This is a well used path clinging to the edge albeit the actual right of way runs parallel behind the drystone wall (and without a view). The path crosses approximately 5 stiles and after a dip in the land approaches a large cairn on a prominentary of hill. This is a good vantage point to view Arkengarthdale. Now bear right into the mine workings and follow the path downhill. This then turns left to double back and descends steeply in the opposite direction to correct itself at the bottom. Turn left through the gate and descend to the rear of Storthwaite Hall. Turn right at the Hall and follow the track over the footbridge and just up the other side turn sharply right towards Booze. The path goes steeply uphill passing diagonally through a stile and then through a gate into the hamlet of Booze. Turn left and follow the track / road which then descends steeply into Langthwaite and the Red Lion.
Turn right in front of the Red Lion and follow the track to the left hand side of Arkle Beck. After 500m turn right to cross the footbridge and then follow the right hand river bank. The path continues towards Reeth slightly uphill and passing through no less than 7 stiles and gates to emerge at West Raw Croft Farm where refreshments can be obtained. Now pass through a a succession of meadows and gap stiles (easily followed) taking a south easterly course towards Reeth. Eventually with the houses in sight there is a sign directing right towards the main road. Turn left at the main road and walk into Reeth. There are a number of hostelries and tea shops. The Northern DalesBus leaves from the top of the green (on the main road)
This page was last updated on 03-Jul-2019
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