Section 3: Morton on Swale to Richmond

Morton on Swale – Richmond (15 miles / 24 km)

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This is a pleasant day of easy walking on quiet country lanes and good paths with a few unavoidable short stretches along the grass verge of a B-Road. There are various places of historic interest on route and the chance to observe birds at the nature reserve near Bolton on Swale.  Towards the end of the day the hills of Swaledale (beyond Richmond) come into view.

Refreshments are available in Kiplin Hall (check opening times), Ellerton Lakes, Catterick Bridge and Richmond.

The highlights on this section of the Swale Way are:

  • The peaceful setting of St. Wilfrid’s church in Langton
  • Kiplin Hall – an intriguing house with ornamental gardens and award winning tea room
  • The tomb of Henry Jenkins (reputed to be aged 169 when he died) at St Mary’s Church, Bolton-on-Swale
  • The opportunities for spotting wildfowl and wading birds on the Bolton-on-Swale Lake Nature Reserve
  • The site of the important Roman town of Cataractonium – although there is little to see on the ground today
  • Easby Abbey – the substantial remains of a Premonstratensian Abbey in a beautiful setting
  • Richmond – a Georgian town, with Norman castle, Victorian station (now a visitor attraction), large cobbled market place, monuments and abbeys, the fast flowing river Swale, and breath-taking scenery
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