From Richmond to Marske

  • A walk with variety and interest
  • Wander the pretty streets of Richmond
  • Views over middle Swaledale

This is my favourite walk out of Richmond. Whilst the majority of visitors take a stroll down to the river or along the castle walls I prefer heading west through Whitcliffe Wood and onto the track at the foot of the limestone scar which bears the same name. This is good walking country, the tracks are obvious but not spoilt and the scenery is varied. Most of the walk to Marske is high up and offers extensive views, initially back over Richmond, but later over lower Swaledale. The views open up with a combination of fields, isolated farms, woodland and open hillside.

Marske itself is a pretty little village, set on a steep hillside. It was once the centre of a large mining community which possibly goes back to Elizabethan days, certainly the bridge does. It is now is full of holiday cottages with a pretty church and village hall (which may or may not be serving tea). Marske Hall has a colourful history going back to the 13th century, although it is surrounded by trees and difficult to get at. Returning back to Richmond from Marske take the lower path at Applegarth Farm and follow a line that travels much closer to the River Swale. The outskirts of Richmond hold little appeal for the walker but within 10 to 15 minutes I had reached the attractive market square. It takes no time at all to visit the castle or wander down the steep road to the riverside (I am not sure I would bother though, leave it for another day)

Recommend: Marske is geologically significant as the steep valley sides are the remnants of where the Stainmore Glacier broke in to Swaledale – this can be clearly seen if you walk past the church and look up Marske beck.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central.Buy Map
Start Point: Anywhere on the west side of Richmond. Walk out on main A6108 until road forks at a newsagent. Here take the uphill route
Height to Climb: 228 ms (748 feet0
Terrain: There are good, well sign posted paths between Richmond & Marske. The Coast to Coast runs through here.
Eating & Drinking: The tea room at Marske may be open at the weekend or in the summer but do not rely on it. Pack enough to last back to Richmond.
Similar Walks Nearby: Easby Abbey from Richmond
Arkengarthdale & Reeth Low Moor
Swaledale Moors from Reeth
Places to Stay:


West End Garden Cottages, Richmond