An attractive dale with a character of it's own accessible from either Wharfedale via Kettlewell or Wensleydale via Middleham. This walk takes in part of Coverdale and a small part of Waldendale using infrequently visited paths Back to Yorkshire Dales Contents Page
The walk - 11 miles - start at Horsehouse, a small hamlet with it's own pub. Parking is limited but it should be possible to park where the road slightly widens at the back of farm building (not far from the pub).
From the direction of the pub walking towards Carlton look for bridleway at the right hand side of a house. This becomes a small walled path known as High Gill. At the top bear diagonally left across a rough field. At the far corner this becomes a bridleway again. This path is then followed for 2 miles across Fleensop Moor and an area of old collieries eventually dropping down the hill to meet the minor road running the length of Waldendale.
A slight detour can be made at this point to visit West Burton which is only 1/2 mile further.
Turn right along minor road for approximately 1 mile. Upon reaching a little copse turn right up another bridleway (towards Carlton). This climbs to the top and then over the hill. Upon approaching Howden Lodge the path forks and it might be better to the the left hand fork down to Carlton. Upon reaching the village bear right along minor road for a short distance. After about 100m look for path on left hand side of rod (on bend). This path progresses along Coverdale rejoining the road briefly at Gammersgill and then following the river to emerge at Horsehouse again
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 consult the relevant OS map.
This page was last updated on 20-Dec-2014
©John Carey 2010