34. Good circular walks in upper Swaledale involving the village of Muker, River Swale, Crackpot Hall, Swinner Gill, Keld, Kisdon Hill
Scenes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, England
Muker Village - the sheep on top of the wool shop, the Village Store & Muker Tea Shop cafe, and the equally friendly hospitality of the Farmers Arms in Muker, on the B6270 minor road, set on the banks of the River Swale in Swaledale.
The car park in Muker near the bridge.
A reminder of the Tour de France and some attractive flower decoration on some old steps on the main street of Muker
St. Mary the Virgin Church and the old 'Literary Institute'
Next to the Muker Tea Shop is the Swaledale Woollens
Village store and Swaledale Woollens
The Old School Muker Arts and Crafts - Art Gallery, Craft Centre and Gallery.
The Old School Muker - The Hartlake Gallery
The Muker Old School crafts shop, art gallery and cafe.
Muker has its origins in the Bronze Age, but its name is of Norse origin - from Mjor-aker, which means the 'narrow acre' - perhaps a narrow strip of fertile land between the River Swale and the daleside.
Agriculture was always the mainstay of the local economy but lead mining was important in the 18th and 19th centuries.
St Mary's Church, Muker
The interior of St Mary's Church, Muker
The altar and east window of St Mary's Church, Muker
The stained glass window panels of the east window.
The font and churchyard of St Mary's Church Muker
Walking from Muker (start of walk) down to the River Swale.
Heading towards the River Swale out of Muker village
Barns in Swaledale.
The path heading towards the river and foot bridge near Muker through the narrow self-closing gates.
The footbridge (Ramps Holme Bridge) over the River Swale near Muker where the walk began.
Crossing the footbridge to the east bank of the River Swale.
Looking back down towards the footbridge and Muker
Ramps Holme Bridge over the River Swale
Looking north up Swaledale towards Keld.
Looking south down towards Muker
Good walking companions in Swaledale.
Meadow lands in Swaledale
Swaledale sheep in Swaledale!
The gently flowing River Swale
Swinner Gill ahead in the centre of the picture.
Looking up Swaledale towards Crackpot Hall high up centre-right.
Walking along by the River Swale, but then you can take a lower route to Keld or climb up to Crackpot Hall with the option of taking in Swinner Gill. The images below illustrate all the routes and Kisdon Hill as the favoured return route to Muker.
Heading north away from Muker towards Keld alongside the gravel beds of the River Swale.
The River Swale and the ruins of Crackpot Hall in the upper left-centre distance, beyond Swinner Gill, the great cleft on the right.
Plenty old 'Dales' barns in evidence on the lower route.
On the left, ascending from Muker along what seems to be an old 'green road' or 'mining track'? and on the right an old mining tunnel (drift mine entrance or drainage channel?) .
Just before Swinner Gill
The ruins at Swinner Gill from lead mining.
Ruined buildings from lead mining at Swinner Gill, Swaledale
Quite atmospheric to me!
The old half-buried tractor is still here in 2020
The start of Swinner Gill
You can miss out going up and around the head of Swinner and onto to Crackpot Hall or go over the ford and continue direct to Keld.
Both routes are illustrated below.
The waterfalls at the entrance to Swinner Gill
The ruins of the buildings from the days of lead mining in Swinner Gill
Swinner Gill, some tricky walking on the very narrow path.
Looking down Swaledale towards Muker.
Various views in Swaledale high above the River Swale near Swinner Gill.
Looking right down Swinner Gill to the River Swale in Swaledale
We are now back on the main track to Keld.
The blacksmith's smithy just above Crackpot Hall and the lovely green track that leads down to it and eventually on to Keld village.
A general view east along Swaledale from below Swinner Gill
Looking south down Swaledale. The ramblers climb up from the River Swale at the exit from Swinner Gill (which is out of the picture immediately left), looking back towards Muker.
A well built bank of stones from the days of lead mining?
Crackpot Hall overlooking the lovely Swaledale.
Some of the last remaining ruins from the days of lead mining, Crackpot Hall.
View from the ruins at Crackpot Hall
The large barn down from Crackpot Hall with Keld in the distance.
The rusting remains of an old tractor near Crackpot Hall.
General view of Swaledale from the ruins of Crackpot Hall.
One of the many barns in Swaledale.
heading towards Keld after Crackpot Hall.
Looking down onto the River Swale near Keld.
looking towards Keld
Limestone cliffs near Keld.
Looking down on Keld
Approaching the village of Keld.
The limestone cliffs near Keld
The waterfalls near Keld by the footbridge.
River swale near Keld
Keld Village and the waterfalls.
looking back up towards Crackpot Hill from Keld
The cafe (and toilet) facilities at Park Lodge Farm, Keld, Swaledale
The footbridge across to Keld and a lunch break at Keld.
The old Chapel at Keld.
Walking out of Keld village heading for Kisdon Hill
Climbing up south to the west side of Kisdon Hill
Looking across to ... before heading left towards Kisdon Hill.
The beautiful fields to the west of Keld.
Looking south back to Keld.
View to the west of Kisdon Hill
Climbing the green track above Keld and south of the summit of Kisdon Hill.
Old dry stone walls on Kisdon Hill and the 'green road' over the west side of Kisdon Hill.
Descending down from Kisdon Hill towards Muker.
Swaledale, walking south down from below Kisdon Hill towards Muker.
Looking down on the River Swale and the footbridge - Muker is down below on the right.
Muker from Kisdon Hill
Muker from the southern slopes of Kisdon Hill
Cutting the hay above Muker village.
Swaledale west of Muker
Field, tractor and barn near Muker.
Returning back into Muker and some traditional and 'contemporary' use of stone!
Back in the village for some 'refreshment' at either the Farmers Arms or the Muker Tea Room
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Index of Swaledale Walks
Keld Village, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, Northern England: Keld is good quiet picnic spot when walking in upper Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Unlike most villages in North Yorkshire there is no pub from which to seek refreshment but there is a small shop-cafe. Never the less, the small hamlet provides a bench to sit on and chaffinches to feed! The hostel has also been re-opened ?
Index of Swaledale Walks
Muker Village, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England: The Farmers Arms in Muker provides good bar meals and beer, a friendly welcome. Muker is small attractive village of local stone buildings and the small church of St. Mary the Virgin, built ~1580 is worth a call in. The local 'Swaledales Woollens' shop has a sheep on the roof! Muker is good place for starting several Swaledale walks with a return to the pub in the evening.
|There is parking space by the side of the road in the lower part of the village by the River Swale. The Muker Tea Shop and Village Stores is good place to start or finish a walk and its the only cafe in town bar the pub! You can head for the River Swale and do a grand circular walk taking in Swinner Gill, Crackpot Hall, Keld and return down to Muker via Kisdon Hill.|
Index of Swaledale Walks