Start the walk in the village before climbing steeply on to Glaisdale Rigg. From the Rigg and its excellent views the route arrives at the head of Glaisdale, the return along the valley floor.
Glaisdale is for walkers! The village itself is built upon a steep slope above the River Esk. Stone built, terraced cottages crawl up the valley side, reminders of its industrial roots. The moorland path which leads up Glaisdale Rigg holds interesting memories for me. Many years ago I remember dragging myself up the hill side on my first day of the Coast to Coast. It was a long first day which had started in Robin Hood’s Bay and I had booked in to the Lion Hotel for a treat. As a result on the slopes of the Rigg it seemed a long way away. However the path is excellent with outstanding views along the Esk Valley and out to the North Sea.
A certain amount of tarmac walking is necessary on the return through Glaisdale (the valley floor). However the road provides an interesting perspective of hill farming, it is quiet and the countryside is laid out pleasantly around you. After that the road arrives at Glaisdale (the village). From here there a short steep walk is needed to find the Arncliffe Arms.
I would have like to include the bridge at Carr End in the walk. Therefore after a relaxing pint or meal at the Arncliffe Arms take the short stroll down to the River Esk. This is however best visited on the Esk Valley walk.
At height point 311 metres take the path from the head of Glaisdale Rigg in to Glaisdale (the valley). Here the pleasant path drops through the dramatic sounding Hard Hill Gill.
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