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Dodd Fell Hill & Drumaldrace Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 11.5 miles / 18.7 km
Ascent - 1800 feet / 545 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference SD876899
Lat 54.3045520 + Long -2.1920606
Postcode DL8 3AY (approx. location only)
This walk from Hawes visits Dodd Fell Hill and Drumaldrace (Wether Fell) which both exceed 610 metres in height so are considered mountains in England and Wales. The route generally follows clear paths, including a section of the Pennine Way, and tracks. The views throughout are excellent including Wensleydale and other fells in the area.
The start is the car park at the Hawes National Park Centre (grid ref. SD876899). After parking follow the access road back to the A684, cross the road and bear right and continue into the town centre. Reaching the church on your left, go through the gate into the churchyard, walk past the church and continue ahead at a path junction to follow the Pennine Way. Reaching the road in Gayle, turn left and just before a bus shelter on the right follow a path between houses. Cross a road and continue into a field. Walk half left across the field to a lane. Turn right and follow the lane through West End (Gayle). Reaching the end of 30 mph sign, go through a small gate on the left (grid ref. SD868891).
Follow the path with a wall on your right for 150 metres and turn left across two fields to a walled track. Turn right and then first left along Gaudy Lane. Just before reaching Gaudy House, fork left through a gate onto West Cam Road. After just under three kilometres Cam Road comes in from the right. Continue ahead for a further two kilometres with Dodd Fell Hill rising to the left of the track. At grid ref. SD836847 you reach a wall on the left. Leave the Pennine Way and head up over pathless moor to the OS trig column (668 m.). The view includes the Three Peaks and other more distant fells. From the trig column head southeast aiming for head of Sleddale, avoiding height loss as much as you can. During the descent you will see improved fields enclosed by walls. After rounding the head of Sleddale, walk due east keeping close the walled fields on your right. Continue over easier ground to reach Cam Road (grid ref. SD855842).
Bear left along unfenced Cam Road. Continue ahead where the.road from Kettlewell comes in from the right. After 600 metres the road starts to descend to Hawes. Fork right onto the clear Track (Cam Road). Pass through a gate and continue ahead. The track soon becomes enclosed by walls. When the wall on the left ends at a gate, pass through the gate and head half-left on a rising path that takes you to the summit of Drumaldrace (614 m.). The highest point is marked by a small cairn. The views include Baugh Fell, Wild Boar Fell and the Howgills.
Return to the Cam Road and continue until a wall comes in from the left. Turn left through a gate near the wall corner and follow a bridleway that heads roughly north. After passing through a wall the path joins a grassy track. The track becomes more distinct after passing a wall corner (grid ref. SD883879) and leads down to a road in Burtersett. Turn right and just after a former chapel, turn left down a signed footpath. Go straight across the first field, half-right across the second, maintain direction across the next to a path junction (grid ref. SD888894). Bear left here and cross three walls. With a stone barn ahead, veer half-right, and follow the clear path to a lane. Cross the lane to a signed path slightly left and continue back to the A684 in Hawes. Turn left and return to the start.