Yorkshire Dales Bracken Way, Day 4 Detour from Askrigg to Semer Water via Bainbridge.

Where2Walk have created an 85 mile circular walk called the Bracken Way which takes in much of what is best in the Yorkshire Dales, though we think it could be even better, with a day four detour up into Raydale, to see Semer Water and the hamlets of Stalling Busk, Marsett and Counersett.  Raydale is one of the side dales off Wensleydale and though much lesser known is still magnificent, made more picturesque by the sight of Semer Water in the heart of the dale. It is also the source of the River Bain, the shortest river in the country.

On day four, instead of leaving Askrigg for Hawes, as per the Bracken Way,  head towards Bainbridge, calling in at the Roman Fort, which is thought to be the remains of Virosidum. Then take the path opposite, up into Raydale, heading towards Semer Water.

High Blean B&B is situated over looking Semer Water and would make an ideal venue for an overnight stay, and with only a 5 mile walk to Hawes the next day, it would still allow one to take most of day five as a rest day in Hawes, allowing time to take a stroll to see Hardraw Falls.

We are happy to take one night bookings and have facilities to dry your boots and walking gear over night. We even have our own spring water [most of the year!] to wash off your boots.

Where2Walk have even prepared a handy four mile walk around Semer Water, part of which, could be taken on the way to Hawes the following day, which would allow one to walk along a good section of the Roman Road, before dropping down into Hawes via Burtersett,  which would only add just over 3 mile to the journey to Hawes.

This route, would pass the ruins of the original church at Stalling Busk, on through Marsett before passing Carr End Farm, the birth place of of the famous Quaker  Dr. John Fothergill, physician, botanist and anti-slavery campaigner, before heading up onto the Roman Road and down into Hawes.

Thanks to Jonathan of Where2Walk for allowing me to link to the Bracken Way and Hidden Semer Water walks.





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