Gunnerside Gill Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Gunnerside Village, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, DL11 6LE

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 8 miles (13 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Gunnerside Village, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, DL11 6LE

Key Highlights:

  • Gunnerside Beck: Follow the beck through picturesque woodlands and past dramatic limestone scenery.
  • Lead Mines: Explore the remains of the once-thriving lead mining industry, including Bunton Hush and Blakethwaite Smelt Mill.
  • Open Moorland: Enjoy the expansive views and rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

End Point: Gunnerside Village, Swaledale

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 8 miles (13 kilometres)

Difficulty: Moderate – includes some steep ascents and uneven terrain, suitable for experienced walkers.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including woodland paths, open moorland, and rocky tracks. The path can be muddy and slippery, especially after rain.


  • By Car: Parking is available in Gunnerside Village.
  • Public Transport: Limited bus services are available. Check local timetables for the 831 bus between Middlesborough, Richmond, Reeth, and Hawes.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy walking boots with good grip are essential due to uneven and potentially boggy terrain.

Supplies: Bring water, snacks, and possibly a packed lunch. There are limited facilities along the route.

Navigation: The route is moderately signposted. Carrying a detailed map (OS Explorer OL30) or a GPS device is recommended for safety and navigation.

The Gunnerside Gill walk offers a fascinating journey through history and nature.

Starting from the charming village of Gunnerside, this 8-mile circular route takes you past scenic beckside paths, through woodlands, and across open moorland. The walk features the remnants of the area's lead mining heritage, including Bunton Hush and Blakethwaite Smelt Mill, set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

This moderate walk is perfect for those looking to explore the rich industrial history and natural beauty of Swaledale.

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