LADY ANNE'S WAY
Six day version
STAGE ONE -SKIPTON TO GRASSINGTON
Distance 15.5 miles.
Total distance 15.5 miles
The first day's walk takes you through the villages of Embsay and Eastby, before striding over the top to reach Barden Tower with its historical associations. Here you will meet the majestic River Wharfe and follow its banks, visiting many picturesque villages along the way. As you progress through Wharfedale you will notice the field barns and dry stone walls, both important features in the Dales landscape. The day ends in the ever popular village of Grassington, with its cobbled streets and interesting alleyways. The walking is easy and the scenery delightful.
STAGE TWO - GRASSINGTON TO BUCKDEN
Distance 12.5 miles.
Total distance 28 miles
Today we take to the fellsides initially and a first real glimpse of limestone country. We pass the remains of Iron Age settlements before climbing steadily along old green roads to reach Capplestone Gate at 1600 feet. Stunning views unfold as you climb higher and higher. From the top it's a gradual drop down to delightful Kettlewell which has shops and pubs, before a final stretch of valley walking to reach the end of the stage at Buckden. Village shop in Buckden usually open 8.0am. - 4.30pm. (Wed. 8.0am. - 11.0am.) where pack-up can be ordered the day before.
STAGE THREE - BUCKDEN TO HAWES
Distance 18 miles
Total distance 46 miles
The route begins with a climb to reach the top of Stake Moss, then lovely walking on good tracks with extensive views all the way down to the flanks of Addlebrough. These ancient tracks will take you out of Wharfedale into Wensleydale where you will pass Nappa Hall with its associations with Lady Anne. Then commences a valley walk to the delightful town of Askrigg, famed for its connections with the television programme All Creatures Great and Small. You then carry on through fields and pastures to reach the market town of Hawes and the end of the stage.
STAGE FOUR - HAWES TO KIRKBY STEPHEN
Distance 17.25 miles
Total distance 63.25 miles
A day of great beauty, encompassing as it does a high route over the fells from Wensleydale into Mallerstang and known as Lady Anne's Highway. The day starts with a walk through delightful meadowland where in summer wild flowers abound. There follows a stiff climb up Cotter End where the delights of the 'Highway' start to unfold. This is wonderful walking with magnificent views all the way to Mallerstang and the Upper Eden Valley. The day ends as it began, following the course of a river into Kirkby Stephen.
STAGE FIVE - KIRKBY STEPHEN TO APPLEBY
Distance 16.5 miles
Total distance 79.75 miles
Today's route is along valleys, beside soft flowing rivers and with extensive views on all sides. You leave Mallerstang and its wild and dramatic scenery for the lush pastures of the Eden Valley where Brough forms the turning point as you start to head west towards the Lake District and journeys end. There is much of historical interest on today's walk. encompassing as it does the ruins of Brough Castle, Ormside 'Cross' and church, and finishing with Appleby and its splendid castle and church. This is easy walking with only minor undulations and many spectacular views.
DAY SIX - APPLEBY TO PENRITH
Distance 19.75 miles
Total distance 99.5 miles
A low level finish with superb views of the North Pennine hills. Delightful villages are visited which have changed little for generations and are a joy to the eye with their buildings of soft red sandstone. The ancient ruins of Brougham Hall and its accompanying craft centre and cafe are passed before the culmination of the day, when the magnificent ruins of Brougham Castle are reached. All then that is left is a short stretch of riverside walking before you arrive at the outskirts of Penrith and the end of Lady Anne's Way is in sight.
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