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  Walk info  for the coach trip to HAWES. Saturday May 18th
PICK UP TIMES   STRETFORD 9:0 am.  TERRY'S 9:10 am.  NAG'S HEAD  9:15 am
     
  A) Walk Info  
Leaders  ---------  Trevor Rawlings
     
Grade & Distance  ---------  9.8 mile Mod
Approx. ascent   ---------  1400 feet
Brief Description  ---------  
“A” Walkers must be booted ready to start the walk on leaving the coach.  Most of this walk is of the moderate grade; however there is a sustained ascent (but with no scrambling) on a good path out of Cotterdale. The walk begins in the hamlet of Appersett, about a mile from Hawes. It starts by following the River Ure; we then talk a small detour to see Cotter Force, a multi-shelved waterfall which JMW Turner came to sketch in 1814, while he was staying at the Green Dragon Inn in Hardraw. We retrace our steps partly to continue the walk. Our path now parallels a viaduct which once carried a branch line from Wensleydale Railways from Hawes to Garsdale Head. Shortly, we reach Mossdale Head Farm; passing the farm buildings, we see another viaduct and the stream flows beneath it in another series of pretty waterfalls. Soon, we cross the A684 at Thwaite Bridge and ascend to cross the River Ure to enter the charming hamlet of Cotterdale; the river here is particularly picturesque. Passing through the hamlet, we ascend a broad forestry path, firstly through Cotterdale Woods, and then to join the Pennine Way. From here, on a clear day, there are magnificent views over Wensleydale. The rest of the walk is now downhill and we descend on the Pennine Way, first to Hardraw and, finally, to our destination, Hawes.
     
  B) Walk Info  
Leader  ---------  Bob Armstrong
     
Grade & Distance  ---------  7.5 mile Mod
Approx. ascent   ---------  1000 feet
Brief Description  ---------  
"B" walkersmust be booted ready to start walking on leaving the coach. The walk begins in the Wensleydale market town of Hawes. The first 1.25 miles involves fairly gentle climbing to the hamlet of Sedbusk. From there, we take Shutt Lane which is an old track built as an access to quarries, lead mines and lime kilns. Leaving the track, we take field paths of varying gradients to reach the summit of 1748 ft. (Note that Hawes is 760 ft above sea level when we start and the climb is over a distance of 2.5 miles.)
From the summit the walk is now all on the level and downhill. We continue along a high moorland track, with superb views on a clear day, to eventually cross Sod Hole and Shivery Gills to reach the Buttertubs road from Hawes to Swaledale. There is then a downhill walk along the roadside verge until we reach a track which drops down to very attractive Foss Beck and Shaw Gill Wood. We then pass Simonstone Hall and downhill to Hardraw. If time permits it will be possible for those on the walk to visit Hardraw Force (it will cost you £2.50). Others can make use of the café at the entrance to the falls walk. We then follow part of the Pennine Way and paths used on the outward route to return to Hawes.
     
  C) Walk Info  
Leader  ---------  Anne Rawlings
     
Grade & Distance  ---------  5 mile Easy
Approx. ascent   ---------  330 feet
Brief Description  ---------  
This is an easy ramble, with one short climb, taking in a spectacular tourist attraction and pleasant countryside on good paths, with some rocky ground and mud underfoot, around the Force.
The walk leaves from the National Park Centre car park in Hawes, crossing the disused railway line and the River Ure, following the Pennine Way, with spectacular views of Wensleydale, to Hardraw Force.
Hardraw is old English for ‘the shepherd’s dwelling’. The Force is the highest above-ground waterfall in England, with a 96 ft drop. An annual band contest from the 1880s has been revived, due to the Force’s natural acoustics. (If walkers do not wish to see the gorge (entrance is £2.50), they can wait for those who do in the café at the entrance.)
We then climb to reach a farm track, adjacent to Simonstone Hall, a highclass hotel built in 1733, which was the scene of an altercation which led to Jeremy Clarkson’s dismissal from the BBC. From here, we take a very pretty woodland detour, to go behind the Force. Then, we re-trace our steps to Simonstone Hall, where we cross the road to follow a straight path across the fields towards the village of Sedbusk. Just before Sedbusk, we turn right, across some more fields, back into Hawes
     
     
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