A Walk in Wensleydale - Askrigg Circular - 4 miles - Easy going
There are five walks in the Dairy Days series all centred on the once prolific dairy industry in Wensleydale. They were produced by the Yorkshire Dales National Park to complement their Dairy Days Project that researched & recorded memories and stories of milk production and cheese making in the area. Copies of the walk guides can be found in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes and there is a set at Pry House Farm.
Begin by walking out of the village towards Hawes (right as you look at this photo). Shortly you will come to the primary school on your right. On the opposite side of the road look for a finger post, slightly hidden in some shrubs, marked Yorebridge. Follow this path for a few yards to another flat stile. Climb over and bear right. You are now on the dismantled railway line which has long since grassed over. The walk takes you behind the old station (now home to Bainbridge Vets) and follows the railway embankment to Chantry Cottage.
Pass through the gated stile at end of the Chantry Cottage and over this footbridge. Look right and see the stong stone bridge supports that would have formed the bridge for the trains to pass over the stream. If its time for a break or a paddle look right at the end of the footbridge to discover this gorgeous little packhorse bridge and place to sit and rest, refresh and cool your feet in the water! Don't miss it, its only a few yards off the path.
Back to the wooden footbridge and the path is easy to follow across the grassy field to Yorebridge where the bridge crosses the River Ure and the where the impressive Yorebridge House Hotel stands.
Make your way up hill to the metal swing stile that is clearly visible. This is the only confusing part of the whole walk as the waymarker clearly points left along the dismantled railway line but our walk goes straight ahead to the farm at the top of the photograph. This is Yorescott Farm. Look out for the small gated stile next to the field gate that goes into the farmyard (on the right hand side of the house as you look at this photograph).
Walk across the yard and down to the road. If the main gates into the farm are closed there is a small gate immediately to side of the Yorescott Farm sign. It might seem strange walking into someone's farmyard but its okay, this is a public right of way. As you leave the farm turn left, walk up the road only a short way to the fingerpost which is clearly visible on the right hand side of the road.