Kettlewell to Arncliffe

Walk 12 - Kettlewell to Arncliffe - 6.5 miles - 4.5 hours. A family walk - A good walk out on the fells with limited exposure. Back to Upper Wharfedale Page

Kettlewell Overlooking Arncliffe

Start at the car park in Kettlewell (pay and display). Cross over the River Wharfe and bear right going through the second of two gates. After passing through the gate bear left steeply up the hill passing over a stile and heading towards a cleft on the rock. On top of the rocky outcrop there is a good vantage point overlooking Kettlewell and Great Whernside beyond. Continue along a grassy track proceeding uphill until a stile is reached. Cross the stile and turn left to follow wall. After a short while the path veers right to pass through another rocky outcrop. There is a yellow marker on the rock. From here it is a short stroll up to the crest of the hill and stile in a drystone wall.

Pass over the stile and continue downhill crossing a further stile and then meeting a signpost. Veer slightly right and continue diagonally downhill. After another stile a rocky outcrop will have to be negotiated and the path will be easily followed down hill through a copse and crossing a minor road, another field and then across River Skirfare into Arncliffe.

Spend a while to admire Arncliffe village green where there is the Falcon Public House. A tea room is located through the village over a bridge and on the road towards Malham tarn.

Leave Arncliffe village centre and proceed towards church (near river). At the right hand side of the church proceed along drive to old vicarage and then along well defined path at right and side of the river. After 1.5miles the path reached a footbridge. Cross river and walk along road through the hamlet of Hawkswick for 1/4 mile. Turn left at the end of the village up enclosed track which then quickly veers right progressing diagonally up the hillside to reach Knipe Scar. The path turns sharp left at this point crossing the shoulder of the hill and the proceeding diagonally downwards to meet the main road into Kettlewell and then the River Wharfe and carpark.

Above Arncliffe Arncliffe village green
River Skirfare at Arncliffe River Skirfare near Hawkswick

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should always consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.

©John Carey 2009

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