Marske | Saturday 14 September 2019

Walk Leader: Andy Miller
Participants: 3
Mileage: 20/21 miles
Ascent: 3,600 ft
Walk Register: Yes
Walk Report: Andy Miller
We set off from Marske Bridge through the grounds of St Edmunds Church taking the footpath at the West side of the church linking up with track heading N/W through Clint's Wood over the Pack Horse Bridge 088/024 to Telfit Farm !  Leaving Telfit Farm we then took the small path at the West side of the stone wall leading us to a sometimes indistinct footpath across open ground 086/026 continuing on the track /path at the South of Marske Beck ! We pushed on to Helwith Bridge !
Whilst crossing the bridge we were welcomed by 2 terriers and a Lurcher type dog all very friendly ! As we approached Manor House Yard we were met by the owner who was herding 8 goats into the paddock ! There is a Tea room here !  After an informative and light hearted conversation we continued uphill leaving the track at the first Finger Post passing the front garden of Helwith Cottage !  We continued uphill through stiles and gates all the way to derelict cottages at Holgate 067/038.
Leaving Holgate by a stone stile at the rear of the property we then took a sometimes slightly overgrown path down to Goats Bridge where a family were enjoying the Sunshine ! We then took the rugged cycle track all the way to Schoolmaster Pasture 061/037 where we found a sheltered spot out of the cold wind and had our first break of the day ! 
After our break we headed west all the way along Moresdale Ridge to the Shooters Lodge approx grid 017/042 we then took an unmarked path south to Slei Gill this proved to be the most interesting part of the walk pictures tell the story !!  Upon reaching the end of Slei Gill 017/022 we continued to Langthwaite passing an army of volunteers rebuilding stone walls damaged by the recent flooding!  We had lunch here !! 
After lunch we crossed Langthwaite bridge and headed back on the road to Reeth ! We left the road at Arkle Town 008/018 taking the footpath through the graveyard along the river to Reeth !  Leaving Reeth by crossing the bridge we then took the Riverside footpath to Grinton Bridge where we crossed the road to continue along the river path !  We left this path on a small uphill climb to a gate 054/986 we then took the footpath all the way across Stony Bank plantation to Marrick Priory !! 
Upon leaving this former Benedictine nunnery (now outdoor activities centre) we took the paved path (Trod) through Steps wood to the charming village of Marrick.  We then took the coast to coast route to Hardstile Top Lane 096/002 then downhill to the car park!
A Quality Day and excellent company !  A special thanks must go to Dave Wolsley of The Irregulars who helped me recce this route who with his local Knowledge between us put this walk together ! You are a star Dave !! 

Editor's Note:
More photos than usual to show the dreadful damage caused by flash flooding in Swaledale on 30 July this year - more than one month's rain in four hours!!

Photos by Liyang Tang

Photos by Ann Grainger