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Walk #37: Horton in Ribbesdale to Hawes


ZY14	Ling Gill Bridge.
ZY15	The view towards Hawes.
ZY14 Ling Gill Bridge.
ZY15 The view towards Hawes.

General Data

Date Walked 15/08/1999
County North Yorkshire
Start Location Horton-in-Ribblesdale
End Location Hawes YHA
Start time 09.40
End time 15.30
Distance 14.0 miles
Description This was an enjoyable walk, which mainly followed the old Roman Road that climbs over the high moorland.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition I feel quite okay after this walk. My back is fine, but my ankle is still giving me a little gip. Nothing too major yet, though.
Weather Today was quite wet, Showery and very blustery. There was some occasional periods of sunshine, especially at the end.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 2 (Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Areas)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


Today was quite an enjoyable day. I walked all day with Sam and Tony, and it was nice to have their good company. There were some nice views across the fells, and not much really steep uphill sections, just long inclines. The day was completed by finding out that Hawes had a chip shop that was open on a Sunday, so whilst Tony went exploring Hawes Sam and I just ate. It was sad to see that Cam High Road, and old Roman Road, had been massively rutted by motorbikes and cars - they really have ruined the surface and made it hard to walk along in places.

Whilst we were descending down into Hawes, we met a man and his sone who were busy climbing up the hillside. This was about 15.00 in the afternoon, and they looked very tried. It turns out that they were doing the Pennine Way north to south, and since they were running out of time they were compressing the whole of the Keld to Horton section into one day! They had already completed the climb over Great Shunner Fell from Hawes, and were now looking at doing the Cam High Road to Horton. They both looked very tired, and so I wished them the best whilst thinking that the odds were against them completing such a long day.

Hawes YHA was quite nice, and the town itself is the largest settlement that we have been through or near since Hebden Bridge. Sam and I spent some time in the late afternoon looking around the town once we had finished our chips and generally looking around the shops. I joined the other in the pub in the evening for a pint, but left early due to the fact that I was very tired. I am not an evening person at the best of times, but especially when I have just been backpacking for over a week.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Horton-in-Ribblesdale Cam High Road 7.2 1381 423
Cam High Road Hawes 6.8 502 1378

This makes a total distance of 14.0 miles, with 1883 feet of ascent and 1801 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #37
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
36Malham to Horton in Ribbesdale14.7
38Hawes to Keld12.9
627Horton in Ribblesdale to Kingsdale via Ingleborough and Whernside14.1

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