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    Smardale Gill Walk

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    11.0 km
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    294 m
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    Smardale Gill Walk

    The Smardale Gill Walk is a wonderful adventure just north of Yorkshire Dales National Park and offers an amazing experience across the picturesque countryside. While out walking the trail, you will traverse an old railway viaduct that offers a sweeping view across the dale before making your return along the moor. This route isn’t overly challenging, making it a great journey to take on a weekend afternoon.

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    Route Description for Smardale Gill Walk

    Passing through a wonderfully scenic dale just outside of Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Smardale Gill Walk is an exceptional journey that will take you on a fun figure-eight route, truly allowing you to experience the relaxation and natural beauty of the countryside.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way across Scandal Beck and traverse the open fields to the north, taking in the lovely views of the surrounding farmland before once again crossing over the beck. Following along its west bank, you will eventually traverse the Smardale Gill Viaduct that offers beautiful views of the dale and surrounding hills.

    From here, the trail will lead you through a peaceful stretch of woodland terrain on the approach to the village of Smardale. Once there, you will head southwest across the beautiful moorland terrain, crossing over Scandal Beck once again at the same crossing that you had previously used. Continue heading to the south along the edge of the water, soaking up some final views across the dale as you work your way back to the trailhead in Ravenstonedale.

    Getting to the Smardale Gill Walk Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the Smardale Gill Walk from Kirby Stephen, drive south along North Road/A685 for 7.2 km and make a left to continue on for 0.3 km. Make another left and after 0.2 km, you will arrive at the trailhead.

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      Older Children only

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