The walk up Arkengarthdale and Low Reeth Moor starts at Reeth. From here head up alongside Arkle Beck to Arkle Town. At this hamlet climb on to the moors and enjoy some great views over Swaledale on the return.
I thought the walk up Arkengarthdale and Low Reeth Moor would be good and it certainly is. Ignoring the accepted wisdom of walking along Fremlington Edge I took the riverside route along Arkle Beck. I always like a contrast in my walks and I was happy to get my high level fix on the bridleway which returns over Low Reeth Moor. The views from the Moor were fantastic over Swaledale and I became so distracted that I was set upon by one of the farm dogs at Riddings Farm. I love dogs, and collies in particular, but this was a fearsome beast – be warned if you choose the descent through the farm.
Arkengarthdale is a lovely valley and Arkle Town quite unique. After the initial walk through the Hay Meadows I made a conscious decision to stick as close to the river as possible. Challenging at times (due to mud and nettles). However it enabled me to discover some lovely areas where the birch and rowan overhang the wandering river. The river winds its way up the dale. It even forms its own island at one point, with scattered farms dotted near the banks. If there is a better located farmstead than Castle Farm House I have yet to see it!
From Arkle Town walk the extra 1/2 mile into the pretty village of Langthwaite.
To enjoy the walk along Arkle Beck to the full a path leads off the road 500 metres from Reeth and after a left hand bend. After crossing the river there is a short climb to a farm before the path goes left and drops back down to the river.
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