Reeth to Richmond
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Overlooking the Swale ValleyPhoto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
Predictably the River Swale is the lifeblood of the Swale Valley, and as the largest town on the Coast to Coast walk, Richmond is its beating heart. Richmond is a historic market town, centred around a large, cobbled market square and guarded by the prominently-placed Richmond Castle, the best-preserved Norman castle in the country. More importantly for the weary walker, Richmond is a chance to relax, top-up provisions and enjoy an evening in the bright lights of North Yorkshire; why not swap the pub grub for a sophisticated evening of French, Indian, Italian or Thai food?
Getting to Richmond is a gentle stroll from Reeth, passing through woodland resplendent with wildflowers and the intoxicating aroma of wild garlic, across farmland and beside the river. As it is a shorter walk, consider taking the time to explore the quiet villages the route passes through.
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Rest stopsHonesty Box - Snacks and Drinks
Elaine's Farmhouse Kitchen
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 unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.
There is a cattle grid to cross today; place your feet carefully and bear in mind it may be slippery when wet.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Harvey Coast to Coast maps (East and West for the full route). Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend the Trailblazer Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman & Daniel McCrohan
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Richmond Castle was built in 1071, probably one of the earliest castles constructed from stone, with the prominent Keep added in the 1100’s. It is the best-preserved Norman Castle in the country, and surrounded by Cockpit Gardens, which are also worth an explore.
More information available here: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/richmond-castle/
The ruins of Easby Abbey are impressive and deserving of a visit, with the refectory, gatehouse and canon’s dormitory still active. Easby Abbey suffered the same fate as many across the country when, in the 1530’s, Henry VIII supressed the monasteries. The Parish Church nearby is still in use and contains 13th century wall-paintings.
More information available here: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/easby-abbey/
The Green Howards Museum
In the centre of the Richmond Market Square is the Green Howards Museum which exhibits artefacts and stories that pertain the Green Howards, one of the local infantry regiments, and their 300 year history.
Food and Drink
Despite passing through numerous villages today, few offer opportunities to buy food on drink. We recommend bringing adequate provisions from Reeth.
After 6 kilometres, once you reach the gravel road, you will see a signpost for Nun Cote Nook Farm – you can pop into Elaine’s Farmhouse Kitchen for some freshly-baked snacks.
After 8 kilometres you will reach St Edmund’s Church, which has a table filled with chocolates, crisps, energy bars and drinks and operates on an honesty-box system.
*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Reeth to Richmond today. Whilst, the Coast to Coast is waymarked, it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so 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. The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***
0.00km – Start in Reeth Centre in the Village Green. Walkthrough the middle of the green on the road to Leyburn and Richmond headed slightly downhill. You will pass the war memorial on your left and a church on your right. After 400 metres you will cross a bridge over the river.
0.61km – 200 metres after crossing the river TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate onto a muddy footpath signposted to Grinton, to walk with the river on your right.
1.30km – As the footpath reaches the road, with a bridge over the river just on your right, BEAR LEFT to cross over the road and then TURN RIGHT to join the footpath beside the river once again.
2.10km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the footpath opens out into a field, keeping close to the river on your right. After 200 metres cross over a stile (steps over a wall or fence) and then TURN RIGHT to walk along the paved road for 1.7 kilometres. Walk on the right-hand side facing oncoming traffic.
3.90km – After passing several farm buildings, and with an old Priory and Outdoor Education Centre on your right, BEAR LEFT to cross the cattle grid. After 100 metres TURN LEFT through a metal gate and immediately TURN RIGHT onto the grassy slope towards the gate in the drywall and into a wooded section. The steps through the woodland area called ‘Nuns’ Steps’ and were made by the nuns who lived in the Priory.
4.30km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to emerge from the woods through a gate and then walk across the fields keeping dry-wall on your right and passing through several gates.
4.70km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the road becomes paved. Ignore a left turn after 200 metres and a right turn after 100 metres.
5.10km – TURN RIGHT at the junction with a post box and telephone box ahead. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT onto the ‘No Through Road’ following the wooden signpost for ‘Coast to Coast’.
5.40km – After passing the Old School Building on your left TURN LEFT onto the gravel vehicle tracks following the footpath sign to Marske and the Coast to Coast sign. You will continue through a quick succession of gates through gaps in drywall.
5.80km – After passing a narrow gap in the drywall, BEAR RIGHT to pass under the overhead lines on the vague grassy path. After 200 metres you will pass through another gate. BEAR RIGHT to the bottom right corner of the field.
6.20km – After passing through a metal gate in the bottom right corner of the field TURN RIGHT onto the gravel road. After 20 metres TURN LEFT following the wooden footpath signpost. You will see another wooden path in the field to help guide you. You are walking towards a stone gate just on the right of an old stone farm building.
6.50km – TURN RIGHT after passing the gate beside the stone building to leave the vehicle tracks and walk on a grassy path, parallel to the overhead lines. You will continue through several gates, but there are regular signposts and the path is well-trodden.
6.90km – After passing cottages on your left TURN LEFT to proceed through a gate and cross a narrow bridge over a beck. Once across the bridge BEAR RIGHT to cross the field walking roughly parallel to the overhead lines and headed towards a gate. There are two gates side-by-side; pass through the left gate and then BEAR LEFT to cross the field diagonally.
7.50km – TURN RIGHT onto the compact mud road headed towards a barn. After 50 metres TURN LEFT through a wooden gate and once through the wooden gate BEAR RIGHT to cross a stile and then BEAR LEFT to head diagonally across the field. There are regular yellow arrows to guide you here.
7.80km – Cross the stile and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON keeping the dry-wall on your right. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT through a gate and then BEAR LEFT to cross over the vehicle tracks and continue diagonally across the field. There isn’t a very clear path here, so check the map if necessary.
8.20km – TURN RIGHT onto the paved road and then ignore all side roads for 900 metres. After 900 metres TURN LEFT to cross the bridge, following the sign to Ravensworth and Whashton and the Coast to Coast sign. Follow this road as it passes through Marske. Ignore a public footpath after 20 metres. You will immediately pass St Edmund’s Church on your left which has snacks and provisions for hikers and operates on an honesty box system.
9.30km – BEAR RIGHT to remain on the road towards Richmond.
9.90km – TURN RIGHT into the field at the wooden signpost. Ignore the gate directly on your left and BEAR LEFT across the vague grassy track towards a gate in the wire fence. Pass through that gate and continue across the field towards a second gate by a few trees.
10.20km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the middle of the field, passing another two gates and heading towards the hill directly ahead.
10.60km – After crossing a wooden bridge over a beck, BEAR RIGHT across a short section of boardwalk and onto a muddy path. After 200 metres CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON across two sets of vehicle tracks, headed uphill towards a stone cairn (pile of stones).
11.00km – After passing the stone cairn on your left TURN RIGHT onto the gravel road.
11.90km – After passing farm buildings on your left you will reach a grassy crossroads; TURN RIGHT to head through the gate in the dry-wall and immediately TURN LEFT along the muddy path.
12.20km – At the wooden signpost CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to pass a gate, cross the paved road and pass a second gate, following signs to Whitcliffe Wood and Richmond.
12.50km - Pass through a gate by a concrete water trough and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON with dry-wall on your right. After 100 metres cross the road and pass through a gate/over a stile, and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON with drywall on your left and barns on your right, towards a gate in the dry-wall ahead.
12.80km – BEAR LEFT onto the wide grassy track that heads uphill and winds its way towards the woods.
13.30km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to pass the gate into the woodland on the established track.
14.50km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the road becomes paved, ignoring all side roads and paths for 1.9 kilometres.
16.40km – BEAR LEFT as you reach the junction with a major road to head towards a mini-roundabout. At the mini-roundabout TURN LEFT, taking the first exit.
16.80km – After passing the cricket ground on your left TURN RIGHT onto the one-way road near the black-and-white ‘zebra’ crossing. After 100 metres TURN LEFT onto Finkle Street.
16.90km – Finish in Richmond’s cobbled Market Square, one of the largest in the country.
*** This is the end of our Reeth to Richmond route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation ***
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these 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.
This walk is isolated with limited opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
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