The Tan Hill Inn sits isolated at 528m (1730ft) above sea level... yet is usually always busy with celebratory walkers and cyclists alike who have managed to make their way up to it. The Inn itself dates back to the 17th century and you can see this in its simple charm with its exposed beams, wood-burning fireplace, and welcoming atmosphere.
Ensure you grab a pint of local ale, a spot of lunch, and then head back down to Keld via Robert's seat with views to Nine Standards Rigg. a group of nine cairns along the escarpment to your right. The path eventually passes Ravenseat farm, the home of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen.
Towards the end of the hike, you will drop onto Wainwrights' C2C path and see the River Swale again as it cascades through the Swale Valley and brings life and color to the region. Dry-stone walls carve the landscape into fragments, many filled with sheep. Scattered across the valley, in every field are small stone buildings are known as a cow house, or a cow’uss if you’re a local; such was the economic significance of a cow and her milk that these buildings were built to offer protection from the harsh elements.
Keld is only a small village but sits on the crossroads between two walks, the Coast to Coast and the Pennine Way. Despite the hordes of travelers that pass through each year, it is a charming and forgotten village where life appears to carry on as normal, as it has for generations.
Tip van de auteur
Whilst one of the obvious highlights of today's walk is being able to say you've had a pint at the highest pub in Britain, there is also the a potential opportunity for an al-fresco cream tea stop at Ravenseat Farm, famously owned by the "Yorkshire Shepherdess" Amanda Owen, her husband and her 9 kids - they are featured on the British television show "Our Yorkshire Farm" giving an inside peek into the life of a working Yorkshire Farm. In the summer months (if you are lucky) they actually offer cream teas to walkers passing by their farm. For more information visit: https://www.yorkshireshepherdess.com/stay-or-visit/cream-teas/
RuststopThe Tan Hill Inn
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.
There be some sections today on indistinct paths, make sure to stay on the correct trail by concentrating carefully on your Macs App GPS tracks and maps. The Turn-by-Turn section can also provide you with extra tips if you run into any problems.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Yorkshire Dales Outdoor Atlas by Harvey Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
Tips en 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.
There are no public transport options on today's walk.
Local Taxi Services
Anydale Private Hire (Keld Area): +44 (0) 1969 667 725
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly in the Dales 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.
You can visit the Tan Hill Inn at halfway point for food and drink - serve from midday - and on the descent back down, Ravenseat farm sometimes offers al fresco cream teas to walkers passing by. Please 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).