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Keld to Reeth - Low Level route

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  • Following the River Swale
    Following the River Swale
    Foto: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
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Follow the River Swale to Reeth, passing through Gunnerside. 
Afstand 19,1 km
5:20 u
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.

Tip van de auteur

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.
Profielfoto van: Laura Paterson
Laura Paterson
Laatste wijziging op: 23.04.2021
Hoogste punt
388 m
Laagste punt
182 m


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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



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.


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 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.  


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

2. Taxi - BD Taxis - 01768 371682


Keld (319 m)
OS Grid
NY 89298 01176
54.405937, -2.166366
54°24'21.4"N 2°09'58.9"W
30U 554110 6029008
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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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OS Grid
NY 89298 01176
54.405937, -2.166366
54°24'21.4"N 2°09'58.9"W
30U 554110 6029008
Aankomst met de trein, auto, te voet of met de fiets


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).

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5:20 u
328 m
461 m
Hoogste punt
388 m
Laagste punt
182 m


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