Keld to Reeth via the high moors

  • Bus from Reeth to Keld
  • Remains of old lead mines and workings
  • High moorland walking

A reversal of one of the best sections of the Coast to Coast this high level walk is a roller coaster of barren wasted moors interspersed with deep cut river beds and industrial ruins. Lead mining was big here in the 19th century and much still remains which makes the walk even more enjoyable and interesting. There are many different pathways over the top and striking out in a generally easterly directions does mean it is difficult to get lost even when the clouds are down. It is a real favourite of mine but only possible with 2 cars or the help of the bus service – long may that continue.

Recommend: Read up on the lead mining industry and try and visit the museum in Reeth before taking to the moors on this walk

Transport: Bus no 30 (The Little White Bus) leaves Reeth at 9.25 arriving at Keld near 1 hour later. 

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Start Point: NY 892012. From Keld centre take the steep steps down to the river, cross the bridge to the north side and follow the path past Kisdon Force.
Height to Climb: 374 ms (1,227 feet)
Terrain: Good tracks or paths lead over the higher lands but not always in the correct direction . Just keep ain=iming roughly east and all will be revealed.
Eating & Drinking: A cup of tea before you start and a choice of pubs in Reeth to finish is all there is, take plenty for the 11 miles inbetween.
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