Bainbridge is the base for this short walk near Askrigg. Its a summer’s walk, an straightforward stroll in the heart of Wensleydale.
I have always felt that Bainbridge deserves more than just being a staging post from Hawes to Leyburn or as the access point to Semer Water. The village itself is pretty with exceptional views from Scar Top whilst there is some delightful riverside walking between Bainbridge and Worton. Askrigg is an additional bonus on this short walk (and could be used as the base) as is the rarely visited hamlet of Worton.
There are a number of Roman remains in the vicinity of Bainbridge including the staging fort at Virosidum just to the east of the village. It is not widely publicised and not easy to get to. However the landowner seems ok for people to have a quick look. It has been widely excavated and thought to have been built in roughly 90 AD and measures 100 metres in length.
The old railway that ran to Hawes and Garsdale lies along part of the path before you reach Askrigg. There are some plans to reopen this part of the line which would be great. Have a look at it as you walk this section.
Try and avoid any walking on A roads. The A684 is busy and this walk only includes a very short section at Worton.
thanks for sending these walk e mails Jonathan. they are great and give some really good ideas for walks
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