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An Accessible Walk To Old Gang Mills, Swaledale

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Walk Details

Until the end of the 19th century, the hills around this part of the Yorkshire Dales were alive with hundreds of men working both above and below ground, extracting lead in one of the many mines and mills of the area. This walk takes us to the remnants of one of those – Old Gang Smelt Mill.

The Old Gang Smelt Mill was actually the largest of its kind to operate in this area. 

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The main part of the mill, which is still standing, was built in 1846 and ceased operation in 1907.

In the inclement weather that is sometimes experienced across the Yorkshire Dales, it can be disorientating at the summit of this walk, with many different bridleways that you could take. Be sure to have your trusty paper map and compass with you just in case.

Access TOG Verdict:
This is a challenging accessible walk for those who are in want of an adventure. You’ll need an all terrain, 4×4 wheelchair for this one – it’s not a route suitable for a manual chair. There’s a steep climb (1 in 10) to start with, but the surface of the track is good.

Parking: Available at Surrender Bridge.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Kirkby Stephen, Darlington

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".