This accessible circular walk takes in the bridleways and country lanes around Great Knoutberry Hill in the Yorkshire Dales
The walk begins in Cowgill and takes the Bridleway up Arten Gill, passing underneath the magnificent Arten Gill Viaduct, which is part of the Settle/Carlisle railway line. This impressive structure, built in 1875 from blocks of Dent “marble” – a dark limestone that was quarried locally. It has 11 arches, and stands 117ft tall.
Arten Gill was the main Drovers’ route from Wensleydale into Dentdale. For centuries it was used by locals to get to the market town of Hawes. There is a gradually climb up this track but the climb is worth it for the views. Take the bridleway that comes in sharply to your left and continue to climb up the track.
From here you get panoramic views over to Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. Take my advice and keep looking back. The higher you climb the more you see! From further along the track, to your right, it is open access land to the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill.
There is the option to wheel over open access land to the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill, but this detour on this route has no tracks to follow and the ground can be very uneven and boggy in places. I would only recommend only going to the summit if you are confident in your navigational skills and that your all terrain wheelchair is capable of tackling the steepness and the marshy terrain.
I would suggest that you stay on the bridleway which eventually comes out onto the road. Turn left and follow the very quiet road back down into Cowgill, passing by Dent Railway Station on your way. The views over the Dales are stunning and on a clear day you can see right over to the Lake District and to Scafell Pike. For this walk I used a TerrainHopper. Designated a Miles without Stiles walk but a sturdy 4×4 all-terrain wheelchair is needed for this walk.
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