Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Whaw and Peace in the Dales; Whaw Bridge and Park Head - Distance: 5' Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Whaw and Peace in the Dales; Whaw Bridge and Park Head - Distance: 5' Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

IT may have a strange name, but this is one of the most scenic settings among the many dramatic landscapes in the Yorkshire Dales.

Starting from Whaw Bridge, we follow the roadway with the river on our left past The Old Chapel (right) and a ford (left) before climbing gently past Low Faggergill Cottage on the left.

We make our way up the stony track and when it splits we bear left towards the terrace of cottages and pass through a metal field gate on the right hand side. We pass along the side of the cottages and then bear left through the metal field gate and cross the field to another gate.

After a third gate we walk between walls to a step stile and waymarked post.

Turning about 15 yards to the left we pass through a squeeze stile and drop down to the left to cross a footbridge over the Arkle Beck.

Walking to the left we pass through a metal field gate and in front of the row of buildings turn right up the slope to another metal field gate and then turn left beside the wall.

There are five more gates along the next stretch as we cross higher ground to reach a junction of tracks at Park Head.

We follow the left hand track that soon bends round to the right and runs down the slope to New Bridge.

Walking ahead up the slope we reach Dale Head where it is worth stopping again to take in the magnificent views along Arkengarthdale. Passing through a metal field gate on the right of the farm buildings we continue through two more wooden gates on the approach to Hill Top Farm.

Our track runs directly in front of the farm and then bends gently round to the right.

At Gales Gate we turn left across the moor and after crossing a step stile (beside a field gate) continue over a stone slab footbridge.

We then veer left to a yellow painted ladder stile and then head diagonally right across the field to a metal field gate at High Faggergill.

After another 20 yards we turn right on the track with stone wall on our right and soon pass through another metal field gate.

Following the right hand bend we continue along the rack past Kirtley Cottage (left) and keep to the main track as it bends left and then right down the slope to a junction of routes beside sheds. …

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