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Drumaldrace (Wether Fell) from Burtersett Walk
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Drumaldrace (Wether Fell) from Burtersett

Yorkshire Dales Walk

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Wensleydale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.2 miles / 8.5 km    Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Time - 3 hours 30 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Drumaldrace (Wether Fell) from Burtersett
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Drumaldrace (614 m.) or Wether Fell lies on the southern side of Wensleydale and the summit offers fine views into the valley and the fells beyond. The route starts from the village of Burtersett which is a short drive south of the A684 to the east of Hawes. The walk follows clear tracks and paths, and the ascent is gradual and never too demanding.

The start id the bend at the top Burtersett village (grid ref. SD891892) where there is space for a few cars. After parking, take the lane running beside a converted chapel. Almost immediately fork left to join a clear track which climbs steadily onto the hillside. The track follows a sinuous route uphill passing through several gates. The route is never in doubt with the prominent feature of Yorburgh rising on your right. Stay with the track which fades for a short distance to reach a gate (grid ref. SD883877). From here the tracks twists and turns heading roughly west to the final gate of the ascent.

Once through the gate, turn right and follow a path with a wall on your immediate right. Stay with the wall for about a kilometre with some sections of the path wet underfoot. Counting from the gate continue to the point where the fourth wall junction is reached (grid ref. SD870869) and turn left on a feint path to the summit of Drumaldrace. Allow time to enjoy the extensive view. From the cairn descend a steep slope to join a clear track, Cam High Road, which is a former Roman Road.

Turn left along the walled track to reach a gate. The onward track descends steadily towards Bainbridge. Continue two the point where there are footpath fingerposts on either side of the track each with adjacent metal gate (grid ref. SD895878). Turn left over the stone wall stile and descend a pasture to a stile. Once across the stile maintain direction, cross a gully with a stream to reach the next stile, with a wall corner on the right. After a short distance Burtersett comes into view. The path crosses a broken wall and heads to the far right-hand corner of a plantation. Another three stiles takes us back to a lane in Burtersett. Turn left back to the starting point.

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