Where is this walk?

Walk in Arkengarthdale

September 7, 2018

Langthwaite is the start of a walk in Arkengarthdale which leads to the pretty hamlet of Whaw. The riverside walking is pleasant, particularly on the east bank of Arkle Beck.

The Walk

Arkengarthdale is a real find. A pretty valley stretching north from Reeth and squeezed between the bleak moors that characterise much of Swaledale. I thought it was lovely. I prefer to start the walk in Arkengarthdale from Langthwaite and walk north, the land between Reeth and Langthwaite not so attractive or easy to follow.

However starting from Langthwaite the land is an oasis of green, pretty buildings all grouped beside Arkle Beck. The schoolchildren were out playing rounders, the lapwings adding their chorus and the locals seemingly friendly and helpful. If there is a nicer place to live I have yet to find it! Langthwaite is famous for being used in the title shots for the iconic series ‘All Creatures Great and Small‘ (first series). However further up the valley is the more remote Whaw, one of a number of special little settlements that dot the landscape. In addition half way along the valley is Scar House, a lovely old Georgian House and now a shooting lodge for the Duke of Norfolk.


If you are in a car drive out of the north end of Arkengarthdale towards the Tan Inn (the highest pub in England) and enjoy one of the great Dales roads, bleak, remote but quite magnificent.

Navigation Tips on the walk in Arkengarthdale

Cross the footbridge at Faggergill, half a mile upstream from Whaw.

  • Mrs Angela Swallow says:

    We have recently returned from our first motorhome trip in North Yorks / Keider forest – with a stop over at the finish to the lovely city of York – which was all amazing. I have just read through the list of your lovely walks in the Nrt Yorks v impressed

  • Due to floods, we presume, some of the crossings are down. You need to cross the river at Whaw rather than at Faggerhill. This was the case at the end of Jul 2020.

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