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A good circular walk via Muker, River Swale, Crackpot Hall, Swinner Gill, Keld and Kisdon Hill

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The images illustrate Walk 20 "Swale Gorge" in Paul Hannon's "Walking Country - Swaledale" OR Walk 8 "Swinner Gill and Kisdon" in Jack Keighley's "Walks in Dales Country - Thirty Scenic Walks"

 

Muker Village - the sheep on top of the wool shop, the Village Store & Muker Tea Shop cafe, and the equally friendly hospitality of the Farmers Arms in Muker, on the B6270 minor road, set on the banks of the River Swale in Swaledale.

 

The car park in Muker near the bridge.

 

A reminder of the Tour de France and some attractive flower decoration on some old steps on the main street of Muker

 

St. Mary the Virgin Church and the old 'Literary Institute'

 

Next to the Muker Tea Shop is the Swaledale Woollens

 

The Muker Old School crafts shop, art gallery and cafe.

 

Muker has its origins in the Bronze Age, but its name is of Norse origin - from Mjor-aker, which means the 'narrow acre' - perhaps a narrow strip of fertile land between the River Swale and the daleside.

 

Agriculture was always the mainstay of the local economy but lead mining was important in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Muker Village

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

 

St Mary's Church, Muker

 

The interior of St Mary's Church, Muker

 

The stained glass window

 

The font and churchyard

 

Walking from Muker (start of walk) down to the River Swale.

 

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Heading towards the River Swale out of Muker village

 

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Barns in Swaledale.

 

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The path heading towards the river and foot bridge near Muker through the narrow self-closing gates.

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The footbridge over the River Swale near Muker where the walk began.

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Crossing the footbridge.

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Looking back down towards the footbridge and Muker

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Looking up Swaledale towards Crackpot Hall high up centre-right.

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

 

 

Walking along by the River Swale, but then you can take a lower route to Keld or climb up to Crackpot Hall with the option of taking in Swinner Gill. The images below illustrate all the routes and Kisdon Hill as the favoured return route to Muker.

Heading away from Muker towards Keld alongside the gravel beds of the River Swale.

Heading north away from Muker towards Keld alongside the gravel beds of the River Swale.

 

The River Swale and the ruins of Crackpot Hall in the upper left-centre distance.

The River Swale and the ruins of Crackpot Hall in the upper left-centre distance, beyond  Swinner Gill, the great cleft on the right.

 

 

Plenty old 'Dales' barns in evidence on the lower route.

 

On the left, ascending from Muker along what seems to be an old 'green road' or 'mining track'? and on the right an old mining tunnel (drift mine entrance or drainage channel?) .

 

Swinner Gill on the left.

 

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The start of Swinner Gill

 

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

The waterfalls at the entrance to Swinner Gill

 

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

The ruins of the buildings from the days of lead mining in Swinner Gill

 

 

Swinner Gill, some tricky walking on the very narrow path.

Looking down Swaledale towards Muker.

 

The track and signs of mining at the head of Swinner Gill.

 

Various views in Swaledale high above the River Swale near Swinner Gill.

Looking right down Swinner Gill to the River Swale in Swaledale

 

A general view east along Swaledale from below Swinner Gill

 

The River Swale at Swinner Gill, looking back towards Muker.

The ramblers climb up from the River Swale at the exit from Swinner Gill (which is out of the picture immediately left), looking back towards Muker.

 

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Looking down Swaledale.

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

 

 

The blacksmith's smithy just above Crackpot Hall and the lovely green track that leads down to it and eventually on to Keld village.

 

Crackpot Hall overlooking the lovely Swaledale.

 

Some of the last remaining ruins from the days of lead mining, Crackpot Hall.

 

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View from the ruins at Crackpot Hall

 

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The large barn down from Crackpot Hall with Keld in the distance.

 

The rusting remains of an old tractor near Crackpot Hall.

 

General view of Swaledale from the ruins of Crackpot Hall.

 

 

One of the many barns in Swaledale.

 

heading towards Keld after Crackpot Hall.

 

Looking down onto the River Swale near Keld.

 

Limestone cliffs near Keld.

 

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Looking down on Keld

 

 

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Approaching the village of Keld.

 

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The limestone cliffs near Keld

Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

 

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Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

The waterfalls near Keld by the footbridge.

 

 

Keld Village and the waterfalls.

 

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The footbridge across to Keld and a lunch break at Keld.

 

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The old Chapel at Keld.

 

 

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Walking out of Keld village heading for Kisdon Hill

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Looking across to ... before heading left towards Kisdon Hill.

 

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Climbing the green track above Keld and south of the summit of Kisdon Hill.

 

Old dry stone walls on Kisdon Hill

 

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The 'green road' over the west side of Kisdon Hill.

 

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Descending down from Kisdon Hill towards Muker.

 

 

Swaledale, looking down from below Kisdon Hill.

Swaledale, walking south down from below Kisdon Hill towards Muker.

 

 

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Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Looking down on the River Swale and the footbridge - Muker is down below on the right.

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Walking in Swaledale, Muker-Keld, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

A general view of Swaledale from the slopes of Kisdon Hill.

 

Muker from Kisdon Hill

 

Cutting the hay above Muker village.

 

Swaledale west of Muker

 

Field, tractor and barn near Muker.

 

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Returning back into Muker and some traditional and 'contemporary' use of stone!

 

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Back in the village for some 'refreshment' at either the Farmers Arms or the Muker Tea Room

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Keld Village, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, Northern England: Keld is good quiet picnic spot when walking in upper Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Unlike most villages in North Yorkshire there is no pub from which to seek refreshment but there is a small shop-cafe. Never the less, the small hamlet provides a bench to sit on and chaffinches to feed! The hostel has also been re-opened ?

Muker Village, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Muker Village, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Muker Village, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Muker Village, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Muker Village, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England: The Farmers Arms in Muker provides good bar meals and beer, a friendly welcome. Muker is small attractive village of local stone buildings and the small church of St. Mary the Virgin, built ~1580 is worth a call in. The local 'Swaledales Woollens' shop has a sheep on the roof! Muker is good place for starting several Swaledale walks with a return to the pub in the evening.

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Muker Village, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Northern England There is parking space by the side of the road in the lower part of the village by the River Swale. The Muker Tea Shop and Village Stores is good place to start or finish a walk and its the only cafe in town bar the pub! You can head for the River Swale and do a grand circular walk taking in Swinner Gill, Crackpot Hall, Keld and return down to Muker via Kisdon Hill. Muker Village, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Northern England
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