Exploring Arkengarthdale

  • Very pretty Swaledale valley
  • Walk the banks of the River Arkle
  • Picturesque village of Langthwaite

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 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’ but further up the valley is the more remote Whaw, one of a number of special little settlements that dot the landscape. Half way along the valley is Scar House, a lovely old Georgian House and now a shooting lodge for the Duke of Norfolk.

Recommend: 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.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 005025. There is car parking in Langthwaite, then head out on the east side of the Arkle Beck
Height to Climb: 42 ms (138 feet)
Terrain: The main path beside the river is good and easy to follow but on the return I would suggest varying the route as indicated
Eating & Drinking: The Red Lion serves a great pint in the village of Langthwaite whilst up on the main road the 18th century CB Inn (Charles Bathurst) offers good food .
Similar Walks Nearby: Fron Richmond to Marske and back
Riverside at Reeth
Arkengarthdale & Reeth Low Moor
Places to Stay:


West End Garden Cottages, Richmond