Parking: On street parking in Hawes
Start Point: Hawes town centre
Region: Yorkshire Dales
Route length: 11.7 miles (18.8km)
Time taken: 04:07
Average speed: 2.8mph
2000s on this walk: Dodd Fell Hill (668m), Drumaldrace (614m)
Additional summits: Ten End (586m)
Other points of interest: Pennine Way, Cam High Road, Yorburgh, Burtersett
Route: Hawes, Gayle, Gaudy Lane, Rottenstone Hill, Ten End, West Cam Road, Dodd Fell Hill, Cam High Road, Drumaldrace, Wether Fell, Burtersett High Pasture, Burtersett, Hawes
After spending a fair bit of time concentrating on Wainwrights in the Lake District, it was time to focus my attention back the Yorkshire 2000s and climb two more hills to take me past a third of the way to completing the 40. The two hills in question were Dodd Fell Hill and Drumaldrace, two hills that overlook Hawes and guard the valley of Sleddale.
Another fine summer day greeted me as I arrived in Hawes and parked up on the main road. As I made my way into the town centre to begin the walk proper, I found it surprisingly quiet for a Saturday morning in the summer holidays.
|A classy signpost directing you to Hawes from Gayle|
|Looking down the hill into expanse of Wensleydale|
|Rottenstone Hill and Ten End from the Pennine Way|
Continuing on, I made the mistake of leaving the Pennine Way to make the final steep climb to the summit of Ten End only to find a stone wall blocking the way. Returning back to the path and rounding the wall, I made the climb to the summit once again. That'll teach me not to look at the map.
|Approaching the final climb to the summit of Ten End|
|Great Knoutberry Hill from Ten End|
|The very small cairn on the summit of Ten End|
|West Cam Road with Dodd Fell Hill in the distance|
Through a 180 degree sweep were the proud three peaks of Yorkshire; Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. The view would have been even better were it not for the lack of prominence of the summit of Dodd Fell Hill. Dodd Fell Hill is the high point of Dodd Fell, the source of Duerley Beck and Little Ings Beck that feed Gayle Beck and the River Ure.
|A faint trail can be followed to the summit|
|The OS trig pillar on the summit of Dodd Fell Hill|
|Simon Fell and Ingleborough can be seen in the distance|
|A view down Bank Gill with Wether Fell and Drumaldrace in the background|
|The peat ground between me and Cam High Road|
|Cam High Road as it sweeps up Wether Fell|
|Panorama of Wensleydale including the fells mentioned above|
|A Roman road doing what Roman roads do best|
|The path as it leads towards Burtersett|
A fantastic walk that I really enjoyed, some of the Yorkshire Dales at it's very best without the crowds of the more popular areas of the National Park. The views of the higher fells encircling Hawes have made the thought of climbing them all the more appealing and I think I'll be paying a bit closer attention to them in the near future.