Fremington Edge

Fremington Edge

Fremington Edge is a steep limestone escarpment that dominates the village of Reeth and the lower part of Arkengarthdale.

Height (m): 475
Height (ft): 1558
Prominence (m): 38
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16354
Grid Ref: NZ033018
OS Map OL30
No. of Visits 2

The escarpment runs for almost three miles from above High Fremington all the way to Fell End above Slei Gill. From Reeth it appears like a steep wall and is also equally impressive when seen descending the Leyburn to Grinton road which was my first view of Fremington Edge.

Fremington Edge as seen from Calver Hill
Fremington Edge as seen from Calver Hill

Almost the entire edge is made of limestone which has been extensively mined and quarried in the past. Indeed the remnants of this industrial past are rarely out of sight with disused shafts, tips and pits abounding. Although scarred by mining and quarrying it somehow makes Fremington Edge even more impressive.

Old mining pits on Fremington Edge
Old mining pits on Fremington Edge

Due to the steep western flank of Fremington Edge there are no easy approaches from Arkengarthdale. Perhaps the two most popular routes are via the path that winds up Fell End or via the road and track that passes the White House, a conspicous landmark from nearby Reeth.

The White House on Fremington Edge
The White House on Fremington Edge

In addition to these two routes there are numerous other options, some marked on the map and others not. It is worth noting that between Fell End and the path leading up from the White House there is a superb grassy path that follows the edge. This path doesn’t appear on the Ordnance Survey map but is a much better alternative to the track that follows the wall.

The path climbing up on to Fell End
The path climbing up on to Fell End

The walk along this ‘edge’ path is an absolute delight and provides stunning views up and down the length of Arkengarthdale. On the other side of the valley Calver Hill looks particularly shapely while up dale hover the dark moorland heights of Great Pinseat, Booze Moor and Hoove.

A view along Fremington Edge
A view along Fremington Edge

The summit of Fremington Edge is possibly one of its least inspiring aspects. Sat back from the edge towards its northern end the summit is at an unmarked spot next to the wall. Forty metres or so to the west, on the edge itself is a small cairn which although lower than the summit is a much finer place due to the views down into Arkengarthdale.

The 'summit' of Fremington Edge
The ‘summit’ of Fremington Edge

Fremington Edge’s finest cairn however is the superbly built cone shaped cairn on Fell End. Situated above a steep drop to the west and with the remains of the Fell End Lead Mine immediately to the north the cairn commands a great view of Slei Gill and the area around the small hamlet of Booze.

The cairn near the summit
The cairn near the summit

All in all a walk along Fremington Edge is one of the finest routes in Swaledale and is not to be missed.

The superb cairn on Fell End overlooking Booze
The superb cairn on Fell End overlooking Booze

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