Reeth – Keld (12 miles / 19 km)
This is a delightful day of generally easy walking on good paths, which for the most part closely follows the banks of the River Swale through the characteristic scenery of small fields, stone walls and field barns. There is one steep climb (100m) from Isles Bridge to Smarber and a section of narrow field ‘squeeze’ stiles between Gunnerside and Muker.
Refreshments are available in Reeth, Gunnerside, Muker and Keld.
Public conveniences are available in Reeth, Gunnerside, Muker and Keld.
The highlights on this section of the Swale Way are:
- Crossing the River Swale below Reeth on the suspension bridge
- The views of Healaugh and Low Row with the traditional field patterns and barns
- The opportunities for spotting birds along all stretches of the River Swale
- The views on the approach to Gunnerside including the famous ‘postcard view’ of Gunnerside bottoms
- The abundance of wild flowers in the renowned Muker hay meadows at their best in May and June
- Kisdon Force, the most impressive of the waterfalls around Keld
- The tranquil village of Keld