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Richmond Way

97 km / 60 miles

Lancs, N Yorks
The Richmond Way starts from the main gate of Lancaster Castle and ends below the great keep of Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire. The walk encompasses sections of the Lower Lune Valley, the limestone country around Ingleborough and Whernside, the moorlands and fells of the central Pennines and the central and Northern Valleys of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route is almost entirely along field, woodland and riverside paths, ancient tracks and quiet country lanes.
From the historic city of Lancaster the route follows the River Lune and its tributary, the Greta, upsteam to Ingleton in North Yorkshire passing through the ancient villages of Halton, Aughton, Melling, and Burton-in-Londsdale.
At Ingleton, renowned for its glens and waterfalls, the Richmond Way enters an upland landscape dominated by limestone. The route crosses Scales Moor en route to the head of Ribblesdale where it passes beneath the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Just beyond Ribblehead, the Richmond Way adopts an old Roman Road which it follows to Wether Fell via Cam End and Dodd Fell Hill. The route reaches 590 metres (1935ft) at its highest point and for 10 exhilarating miles sustains a height above 305 metres (1000ft).
The Richmond Way enters Raydale, a secluded tributary valley of Wensleydale. After exploring the lower reaches of Raydale the route enters Wensleydale the largest of the Yorkshire Dales. After passing through the villages of Bainbridge and Askrigg the Richmond Way seeks out an old droversí road which it follows to Castle Bolton, whose linear green is dominated by a medieval fortress where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I. From Castle Bolton the route strikes out in a northerly direction crossing Redmire Moor before entering Swaledale via the summit of Greets Hill.
The final leg of the Richmond Way starts from the ancient village of Grinton and follows the River Swale downstream to Marrick Priory before exploring the old lead mining villages of Marrick and Marske. Just beyond Marske the route follows a delightful fellside terrace above the looping Swale. On the outskirts of Richmond the route rejoins the Swale which it follows downstream to Richmond Bridge. A final crossing of the Swale is made before the route enters the historically important town of Richmond where it terminates below the great keep of Richmond Castle.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging; River
SD474618 - Lancaster Castle, Lancs
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NZ171008 - Richmond Castle, N Yorks
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Web Sites: Walking Pages - Richmond Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Richmond Way: A Walk from Lancaster to Richmond Via the Devil's Causeway (Follifoot Publishing - 2009)


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OS Landranger: 92979899
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OS Explorer: 273041296304
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Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Wandering Aengus Treks)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Self-catering: Dale Meadows  (bookable online) 5 Km 22 Km
Hotels: Hipping Hall  (bookable online) 4 Km 25 Km
B & B Accommodation: Thorngarth Country Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 30 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Timberlodge, Pinecroft, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancashire 1 Km 31 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Ingleton YHA, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancashire < 1 Km 31 Km
Bunk House: Old School Bunkhouse, Chapel le Dale, Ingleton < 1 Km 38 Km
Self-catering: Gaudy House Farm  (bookable online) < 1 Km 55 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hawes YHA, Lancaster Terrace, Hawes, North Yorkshire < 1 Km 56 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hawes Youth Hostel < 1 Km 56 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hardraw Old School, Harris House, Hawes 2 Km 57 Km
Camping Barn: Marsett Barn 4 Km 59 Km
Self-catering: The Shippon  (bookable online) 1 Km 63 Km
B & B Accommodation: The George Inn  (bookable online) 3 Km 72 Km
Self-catering: Meadowcroft Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 72 Km
Self-catering: First Floor Apartment, The Mill  (bookable online) 3 Km 73 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Old Star  (bookable online) 3 Km 76 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Old Vicarage  (bookable online) 3 Km 76 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Old Town Hall Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 76 Km
Hostel Accommodation: The Jonas Centre < 1 Km 76 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Grinton Lodge YHA 2 Km 83 Km
Self-catering: 2 Nurse Cherry's Cottage  (bookable online) 4 Km 83 Km
Self-catering: Wraycroft Cottages  (bookable online) 4 Km 83 Km
B & B Accommodation: Ivy Cottage  (bookable online) 4 Km 83 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Dales Bike Centre 3 Km 83 Km
Camping Barn: Richmond Camping Barn < 1 Km 92 Km
Camping Barn: Richmond Camping Barn, Westfields, Richmond, N.Yorks < 1 Km 92 Km
Camping Barn: Brompton on Swale Camping Barn YHA, Richmond, N.Yorks 4 Km 97 Km
Hotels: Kings Head Hotel  (bookable online) < 1 Km 97 Km

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Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm
National Trails (England & Wales): Pennine Bridleway National Trail; Pennine Way National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Dales High Way; Dales Way; Ribble Way
Significant un-waymarked paths: Coast to Coast (Wainwright)
Other Paths: Abbeys Amble; Bay to Bay Walks; Bowland-Dales Traverse; Breath of Fresh Air; Dales Walk; Dales Way Watershed Alternatives; Fairtrade Way; Forest of Bowland Walk; Grassington to West Coast Walk; Great English Walk; Head to Head; Howgills and Limestone Trail; Inn the Yorkshire Dales; Kendal Limestone Way; Lady Anne's Way; Lancashire Monastic Way Cockerham Priory to Furness Abbey; Lancashire Witches Walk; Lancashire-Lakeland Link; Lancaster Canal; Lunesdale Walk; North of England Way; North West Way; One Week Coast to Coast Trek; Pendle Witches Way; Red Rose Trail; Settle To Carlisle - Hill Walk; Settle to Carlisle Way; Six Peaks Trail; Sixty Mile Walk around Wensleydale; Swale Way; Thirlmere Way; Three Ridings on Foot; Tidewater Way; Tops of the North (Carlisle and Cheviot to Cat and Fiddle); Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle); Tributaries Walk; Wainwrights Way; Way of the Roses
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Anytime Challenges: Abbott's Hike; Dales Celebration Way; Three Dales Way; Three Hostels Three Peaks Walk; Three Peaks Walk (Yorkshire); Trans-Dales Trail - 2; Yorkshire Dales Top Ten; Yorkshire Square Walk
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Route Profile:

95.8 Km (59.5 miles)
2,087 m (6,847 ft) ascent
578 m (1,896 ft)  maximum height