One of my favourites in Swaledale. Not a long walk, but you certainly feel you deserve a pint at the end of it. There is also the idilic Red Lion pub in Langthwaite approximately half way round the walk and is well worth stopping at. For the walk, leave Reeth via the main road in the direction down the valley towards Richmond. Follow the road over the bridge and pass Durants garage on your left. At this point you should see a foot path sign, take the right path which will cross the Reeth Show field toward Fremington. Once in Fremington turn left onto the road which will take you up onto Fremington Edge. This road eventually turns into a cart track before reaching the top. The road has terrific views over to Reeth. Once on the “Edge” continue following a wall which tracks the edge of the hill. It can be very boggy on the path and I find it best to be on the left of the wall for better views. Eventually you will get to old mine workings and spoil heaps – follow the track down the hill. When descending from Fremington Edge the path can be very slippy and in some parts you are walking on scree, so be very careful. Once at the bottom, turn right past a farm, over a stream and then follow the Arkle Beck to Langthwaite. You can return via the road, turning off left at Arkle town and following the path back up the valley to Reeth or you can return via the route you came and cross a footbridge over the Arkle Beck to join the valley path at the point where your outward path turns away from the beck. About half a mile before Reeth, the path does join the main road up Arkengarth Dale, so do be mindful of traffic on this stretch. You will need to wear hiking boots for this walk. Great walk to do in spring, particularly when the Blackthorn is in flower and in summer why not finish up playing Quoits on Reeth green?
Photos from the walk
Walking back from Langthwaite in the valley
View on to Fremington Edge
Quoits on Reeth Green. Usually played during festivals or special days. In this case the Queens Jubilee of 2002.