A superb high level walk above Arkengarthdale following Fremington Edge before crossing the valley for a return to Reeth via Calver Hill.
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It has been way too long since I last set foot in Arkengarthdale so I jumped at the opportunity when my friend Paul suggested a walk along Fremington Edge before tackling Calver Hill.
Starting from the parking area alongside Reeth's village green we walked down the road to cross Arkle Beck at Reeth Bridge. On the other side of the bridge we took a path crossing a couple of sheep pastures to the edge of High Fremington.
"While I sheltered behind the large summit cairn Paul braved the elements to record gusts of 50mph and a wind chill factor of -6.5 degrees. Brrrr!!"
The most direct route from High Fremington on to Fremington Edge would have been to follow Jingle Pot Road up to the White House. Instead we took a lower path that contoured around the 230m mark. The autumn colours alongside the path were quite lovely and there were also fine views towards Reeth and across the valley to Calver Hill.
After a two thirds of a mile we left the path to head steeply up on the line of one of those rights of way that exist on the map rather than the ground. This led to a wall corner above the White House and then on to a broad track. Rather than turning left on the track we crossed over to pass through the remains of some chert quarries.
Eventually we reached the wall that runs almost the entire length of Fremington Edge. Here we made a detour south-east so that I could revisit the Copperthwaite Moor trig point. Having done so we crossed a section of pathless moorland to reach some more mine remains and return to the wall. Passing through this we made our way to a higher section of the track we'd crossed earlier in order to reach the edge path.
This path, which doesn't appear on some OS maps, is simply superb and provides one of the finest stretches of walking in the Yorkshire Dales. The views of Arkengarthdale were stunning, all the more so thanks to the wonderful array of autumn colours on the fellside and the valley below.
After 1.5 miles we reached a small cairn on the edge and made a short detour towards the wall to visit the unmarked 'summit' of Fremington Edge. Having satisfied my hill bagging instincts we returned to the cairn to continue north-east on the edge path to reach Fell End.
At Fell End, above an extensive area of old quarries and hushes, there was a brilliant built cairn with great views overlooking the environs of Booze - surely one of the best named hamlets in the country. From the cairn we joined the nearby bridleway which wound its way beautifully below the scarred flanks of Fell End.
Dropping down to Storthwaite Hall Farm we followed a bridleway alongside Arkle Beck to the first footbridge we came to. Crossing this we then followed the path up to West Raw Croft Farm to join its access road and then finally up to Arkengarthdale Road.
Crossing the road we headed across Low Reeth Moor heading for the remains of a quarry on the eastern side of Calver Hill's summit. The going was fairly easy until we reached a path heading up alongside the quarry. This path led to a stiff and slippery climb up on to Calver Hill's summit.
It had been a windy day with Paul measuring gusts of 37mph on Fremington Edge. The summit of Calver Hill was even more exposed and while I sheltered behind the large summit cairn Paul braved the elements to record gusts of 50mph and a wind chill factor of -6.5 degrees. Brrrr!!
Weather aside the view from Calver Hill was excellent with the full length of Fremington Edge to the east and two sections of Swaledale in view. However, with limited shelter, we didn't hang around too long so descended south-east to a wall. Here we picked up a vehicle track that led us across the heather moor of Riddings Rigg. Eventually we reached the top of Skelgate Lane that provided us with a somewhat stony path back down to Reeth.
All in all this was a superb walk. The changeable weather made for good conditions for photography and the scenery was absolutely first rate.