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This linear walk follows a stunning section of Alfred Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast route from Richmond to Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The entire Coast to Coast trail runs for 190 miles from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, but this popular section provides a great single day walk in a north-eastern corner of the Dales.
Starting in the historic market town of Richmond – with its Georgian architecture and Norman castle – and exploring the cascading rivers, ruins and meadows of Swaledale, this route shows off everything that makes the Dales such a popular place to walk.
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You’ll finish in the village of Reeth, which marks the meeting point of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, and is described as a natural amphitheatre. This former Saxon settlement is a wonderful place to end the walk, where you can unwind in a comfy pub with a pint and a home-cooked meal.
This route was voted 54th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk, and has been completed by our AccessTOG Ambassador Debbie North in her all terrain wheelchair.
TOG VERDICT: A wonderful Dales day walk, but beware – it may convince you to tackle all 190 miles of the Coast to Coast!