Walk 1680 - printer friendly version
Haw Lane & Aysgarth Moor from Aysgarth Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.3 miles / 10.2 km
Ascent - 600 feet / 182 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SE003884
Lat 54.2912240 + Long -1.9968932
Postcode DL8 3AD (approx. location only)
Wensleydale is one of the finest of the Yorkshire Dales and this walk starts from Aysgarth a pretty stone built village on the banks of the River Ure. The route follows paths and moorland tracks for much of the way and offers grand views of the surrounding fells. Aysgarth village on the A684 from Hawes to Leyburn (grid ref. SE003884) has limited parking opportunities and you are asked to park with consideration.
After parking, walk towards the eastern end of the village along the A684 towards Leyburn. Where the main road turns sharp left, continue straight ahead along a lane to Thoralby. Almost immediately turn right down a signed track. Reaching a T-junction, turn left following a track to the end of the first field. The onward path goes half right and leads across fields to reach Folly Lane (grid ref. SD994874). Go left here and continue to follow this track south to Haw Lane (grid ref. SD995868). Bear right into Haw Lane and follow for just over one and a half miles until Haw Lane has become Stake Road.
Reaching the first footpath on the right (grid ref. SD970859), turn right at the cairn on your right. Descend slightly to cross Gayle Ing Beck and continue following the path in a north-easterly direction across Haw Head. Maintaining this direction will lead you to the end of Flout Moor Lane which is contained by walls on either side.
Follow Flout Moor Lane as it crosses Aysgarth Moor and continues in an easterly direction back towards Aysgarth. Reaching the junction with Folly lane (grid ref. SD994878) keep straight ahead and follow the walled lane as it turns sharp left and leads up to a tarmac lane (grid ref. SD996881). Turn right along this lane and you will soon be back in Aysgarth village.