Saturday, 6 April 2019

Muker to Thwaite & back - an Every Barn Tells A Story Walk

Muker to Thwaite via Occupation Road and Appletree is one of the Every Barn Cowus Tells a Story walks.  There are 6 in the set.  I have them at Pry House Farm B & B and guests are welcome to use them or find them online on the YDNPA website.

From Muker village, cross over the bridge and branch off up the track to the right.

One of the nicest aspects of this walk is looking over to Muker and Kisdon from this lesser known path and seeing the village, the hills and the river Swale from a whole new angle.

 Turn right off Occupation Lane between two parallel walls, follow the lane to the bottom and through the gate on the left.

Discover waterfalls with bridges over, babbling streams and lovely places for a picnic.

Shortly after crossing the waterfall, the path comes out onto the B6270 opposite Scarr House.
Turn left and walk the short way to Thwaite.

In Thwaite find the Kearton Country Hotel which serves delicious lunches, coffees, cakes and snacks, ice-cream and sweets.
From Thwaite follow Straw Beck back to Muker.  On the way, cross over the most delightful, little packhorse bridge, wriggle your way through a few squeeze stiles and ......

....... past cow house, after cow house,
after cow house.

Swaledale has more cow houses (don't forget, they are not barns in upper Swaledale) than any other dale in North Yorkshire.
The booklet that accompanies the walk explains all about them; why they are here, how they were used and the stories they are hiding.

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