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Hawes to Keld

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  • The path up to Great Shunner Fell
    The path up to Great Shunner Fell
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The most challenging day of the Herriot Way, including a climb to the summit of Great Shunner Fell. 
moderate
Distance 20.1 km
6:00 h
728 m
654 m
712 m
232 m
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, get ready for the most challenging day of the Herriot Way, as you enjoy an energising but straightforward climb to the summit of Great Shunner Fell, the third highest mountain in Yorkshire. A long, steady ascent brings you to the summit shelter, where it is possible to enjoy panoramic views across Yorkshire. Drop down into the tranquil valley of Swaledale filled with pretty wildflowers,  and the village of Thwaite, where a lovely tearoom is a great place to stop for refreshments. Continue through Swaledale to Keld, a typical little Dales village. 

Author’s recommendation

There is nowhere to purchase food or drinks along this stage of the walk. Make sure you bring plenty to see you through the day's walk.
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Author
Laura Paterson
Update: April 22, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
712 m
Lowest point
232 m

Track types

Asphalt 0.40%Dirt road 4.31%Forested/wild trail 25.32%Path 62.45%Road 7.49%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
5.1 km
Path
12.6 km
Road
1.5 km
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Rest stops

Keld Lodge
Kearton Tearooms
The White Hart Inn
The Crown
Caffe Curva
Muker Village Store and Tea Shop
Farmers Arms
Cocketts Hotel - 1668 Restaurant

Safety information

Route

There is a brief section leaving Hawes where you will need to walk along the road. Walk on the right-hand side and be mindful of other road users.

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the OS Explorer OL30 Map - Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central Area. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app. 

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and tearoom stops.  Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.  

Transport

1. There are no regular buses between Hawes and Keld. 

2. Taxi - BD Taxis - 01768 371682

Start

Hawes (237 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SD 87267 89872
DD
54.304298, -2.197164
DMS
54°18'15.5"N 2°11'49.8"W
UTM
30U 552240 6017676
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Destination

Keld

Turn-by-turn directions

To help you follow the route with confidence  we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  You will also receive a Herriot Way Guidebook to assist you.

 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
SD 87267 89872
DD
54.304298, -2.197164
DMS
54°18'15.5"N 2°11'49.8"W
UTM
30U 552240 6017676
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

Walking poles will be a big advantage on the ascents and descents today. 

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20.1 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
728 m
Descent
654 m
Highest point
712 m
Lowest point
232 m

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