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Keld to Reeth - Low Level route

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  • Following the River Swale
    / Following the River Swale
    Photo: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
  • / The tranquil meadows of Gunnerside
    Photo: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
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Follow the River Swale to Reeth, passing through Gunnerside. 
Distance 19.1 km
5:20 h
328 m
461 m
388 m
182 m

The lower route between Keld and Reeth has generally deemed the more scenic option of the two, as it weaves through the valley with splendid views for the majority of your walk. 

The low route leaves Keld and heads toward the capital of the"Swaledale mining heritage", Gunnerside - there is an optional detour to the quaint village of Muker near the start of your walk today also, whilst the local pub is unlikely to be closed when you pass it does have a pretty tea room to grab some snacks and hot drinks and a gift shop selling knitted items.  

After you reach Gunnerside, have a break here at the village pub or tea rooms before you tackle the hilliest section of the day - where you can reward yourself by descending further into the valley to Low Row, to visit the fantastic Punch Bowl Inn, the last stop for food and drinks before Reeth.

Reeth is the biggest settlement in the area, yet still maintains that charming ‘small-village feel, centered around a village green and surrounded on all sides by rolling hills, fragmented into a patchwork of fields by drywalls.

Author’s recommendation

If you plan to have lunch in Gunnerside today, then we recommend taking your time so you don't arrive there too early. The walk from Keld to Gunnerside only takes a couple of hours so perhaps have a later start, visit some of the waterfalls around Keld or walk via the popular little village of Muker and visit its tearoom. If you are too early into Gunnerside, then there is still the option to visit The Punch Bowl Inn at Low Row for lunch.
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Author
Laura Paterson
Update: April 23, 2021
Highest point
388 m
Lowest point
182 m

Rest Stop

Two Dales Bakery
Keld Lodge
Kings Head Gunnerside
Ghyllfoot Tearoom & Bistro
Mary Shaws Cafe
The Black Bull
The Punch bowl Inn
Muker Village Store and Tea Shop
Farmers Arms

Safety information

Route

There are a few stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic.

There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock.  Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.

For any river crossing - there are always normally stepping stones or an obvious way to cross - be careful when crossing as it can be very slippery.

The paths can sometimes be tricky to follow in open featureless sections, especially in very bad weather (especially fog). Make sure to stay on the correct trail by concentrating carefully on your GPS tracks and maps.

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 Keld and Reeth.

2. Taxi - BD Taxis - 01768 371682

Start

Keld (319 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NY 89298 01176
DD
54.405937, -2.166366
DMS
54°24'21.4"N 2°09'58.9"W
UTM
30U 554110 6029008
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Destination

Reeth

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's Way Guidebook to assist you.

 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NY 89298 01176
DD
54.405937, -2.166366
DMS
54°24'21.4"N 2°09'58.9"W
UTM
30U 554110 6029008
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 some of the ascents and descents.

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.

You walk through Gunnerside village today where there are a few tearooms and pubs - please however always ensure you have plenty of water and emergency food (energy bars/trail mix) with you at all times. Please also ensure you check in advance of  Pubs/cafes and shops opening hours on the day you are due to walk, in Yorkshire opening hours are varied and they can be closed on certain days of the week (walking post-Covid19 lockdown restrictions means their opening hours could be even more erratic, so please check to avoid disappointment).

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Distance
19.1 km
Duration
5:20 h
Ascent
328 m
Descent
461 m
Highest point
388 m
Lowest point
182 m

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