A breath of fresh air

Written by: Elmtree Press

Meg and the girls have been checking out all the local maps to find the best walks for you.

They  have found a great one for the good weather that we are promised this weekend. The Hawes 2000 Mosaic Walk was created as part of a community project to celebrate the Millenium as you might expect considering the name!   Don’t forget to have a trip to Wilford’s of Leyburn where you will find everything you need to kit you out for a day in our beautiful countryside. Spoil yourself and  pick up something delicious for your picnic from Campbells of Leyburn where you will find the best of locally sourced produce to make it a day to remember.  As a reward, stop at beautiful Simonstone Hall to “wet your whistle” particularly if the promised lovely weather materialises. You will be able to have a well deserved drink and admire the lovely view from their terrace. The entire route measures about 10.5 miles and will take approximately four and a half hours although you can just walk sections of the route.

 The Millenium Walk is a circular walk around Hawes comprising 4 short walks with splendid views across upper Wensleydale Starting at the bus shelter on the Holme look for the mosaics positioned along the route.

From the bus shelter head east along the A684 towards Bainbridge past the Auction Mart on your right. Continue along until you reach a gate on your right sign posted to Burtersett. This path crosses the Old Gayle road and then continues as a paved path until you climb a slope leading between houses into Burtersett. Turn right through the village. Follow the lane to the right sign posted to Gayle keeping to the walled lane, (Shaw’s Lane). After about ½ a mile you come across a gate, proceed through and keep the wall to your left. Follow this path across some fields until l you reach a finger post near to a stream. Take the right path towards Gayle Fast keeping the barn on your left. This soon drops down along the edge of a field into Gayle. Turn left along the lane. Cross the bridge turning left in front of the charming cottages that over look the beck. Continue through the village until you pass the last house on your left. The path is through a metal gate above the road. Cross the field until you reach a stile with a finger post. Take the left path (not the Pennine Way). This soon drops down towards Duerley Beck. Wander along the top of the beck until you reach Aysgill Force. Continue along this path leaving the falls behind you. Along the side of the beck past the footbridge you climb over a ladder stile by a barn. Continue on this path (do not cross the beck) Proceed across the last field to the finger post. TURN RIGHT along the track and through the gate. Turn right along the green lane for about ½ mile (this section can be a bit muddy and wet ) passing some farm buildings and a house. Take the second lane on your left (Bands Lane) pass Lows Bands Farm until you reach the T-junction. Turn right until you then reach the B6255 from Hawes. Walk towards Hawes for about 100 yards and take the bridleway on your left to Thorney  Mire House. When you reach the lane turn right. Continue past the House and under the old railway viaduct down to Appersett. On reaching the A684 turn left. Cross the two river bridges until you reach the junction with the road to Hardraw. The path is immediately in front of you to Bluebell Hill. Follow this path with the way marker posts until you reach a finger post in the middle of a field. Turn right over some stiles, cross  the open field and climb the ladder stile to the lane. Turn right then left into Hardraw. In the centre is the Green Dragon Pub, and the entrance to Hardraw Force. Immediately past the pub on your left, is the footpath to Simonstone. Go through the small backyard of the house, up a paved slope, and in front of Simonstone Hall. Cross the road on your left and follow the path through some fields to Sedbusk. Turn right through Sedbusk then right along the lane. Follow the path to Haylands Bridge. This crosses a road then go over the old pack horse bridge until you reach the main road. Turn left over Haylands Bridge back into Hawes to the start.