A Short Walk near Askrigg

  • Visit Askrigg, Worton & Bainbridge
  • Mix of farm, riverside and quiet lanes
  • Nice views on Scar Top 

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 although 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. 

Recommend: 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.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 904 931. Park near the Cornhill cafe and head north past the playground towards the bridge over the River Ure.
Height to Climb: 109m (358 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking on good paths, fields and quiet lanes. There is a little bit of a pull up to Scar Top from Worton.
Eating & Drinking: I am a big fan of the Cornmill Cafe in Bainbridge but there is also a pub, the Rose and Crown.
Similar Walks Nearby: A Wensleydale highway
Exploring Aysgarth Falls
The Lands of Castle Bolton
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