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DalesRunner: Blakethwaite Mines Walk

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Sunday 28th July 2024

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Thursday 30th May 2024 at 14:00
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Thursday 25th July 2024 at 23:00
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Entry Fee   £20.00   

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Level 3/4 – 10 miles - 1500ft of ascent - 5-6 hours

 A tour of the Old Gang Smelting Mills and mine ruins. Starting from Surrender Bridge, this walk will be almost entirely on shooting tracks. We’ll follow the tracks through the Old Gang Mines and across Friarfold Hush up to the Blakethwaite Mines. There is a short section across the heather if you want a close look at the dams. We’ll break by the shooting hut for lunch

We’ll then retrace our steps back through the Old Gang Mines, turning left at Level House and gently ascending Forefield Rake. There’s an optional opportunity to bag the trig at Great Pinseat (a couple of hundred metres of heather bashing required) before following the track back to the road. A short 500m road section will bring us back to Surrender Bridge

This is a longer walk but the majority of the route is on shooting tracks. Please note this walk is open to all adults.

Mandatory Kit:

  • Walking boots/shoes and thick socks
  • Full length trousers as some sections of the path could be overgrown. Jeans are not recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers, even if the forecast is dry.
  • Sun hat/glasses
  • Spare top layer, warm hat and gloves in your pack
  • Snacks and drinks in an easy to find section of your bag. We recommend bringing at least 1ltr of drinks with you
  • Packed Lunch
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Any personal medication needed
  • A comfortable back pack to carry your own kit. You may wish to consider putting things inside a plastic bag or other waterproof bag inside your back pack

Suggested Kit

  •  Copy of Map OL30

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Event Location
Surrender Bridge, Richmond, North Yorkshire