• A distinctive hill in Wensleydale
  • Summit area is full of interest
  • Thornton Rust is an attractive hamlet

There are not many obvious summits in the Yorkshire Dales but Addleborough certainly is. Viewed from afar the long flat summit has the look of an Ingleborough or, with considerable imagination, Table Mountain!. Tackling Addleborough is straightforward with a few permissive paths laid out in an obvious circuit from the attractive hamlet of Thornton Rust. Being mainly on National Trust land the route is clearly, some may say strictly, signposted with the path to the top bearing west off the bridleway leading over to Semer Water.

On the large summit plateau there are a number of seemingly random dry stone walls and an isolated but neat cairn; the one depicting the highest spot is to the north west and has commanding views up Wensleydale. It is a good place to linger (or it would be if it was not blowing a gale as it was when I was there), full of interest with some bronze age markings on the stones near the highest point. There are various paths leading towards Culbeck from the summit, the one I took bypassed the farm and was probably the quickest route back to Thornton Rust via the minor road on Thornton Scar.

Recommend: Try the walk round Semer Water for the best long distant perspective of Addleborough.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. Yorkshire Dales North & Central. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 973888. There is parking before the stream 100 yards off the road at Thornton Rust.
Height to Climb: 205 ms (672 feet)
Terrain: A little damp when I was there but not eroded so generally good. Easy to follow the route
Eating & Drinking: There is nothing in Thornton Rust which lies midway between Bainbridge and Aysgarth (2 miles away) which have a pub and tea shop.
Similar Walks Nearby: Penhill Beacon from West Witton
Fells above Hawes
Hidden Semer Water
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Thornton Lodge, WensleydaleHazel’s Roost, Wensleydale