Boots & Beer Walking Weekender Reeth, Yorkshire Dales
Reeth is a delightful Yorkshire village, the ‘capital of Swaledale’, with elegant Georgian houses, old stone cottages and ancient inns overlooking a large sloping village green where weekly markets are still held on the cobbled verges. All around are the high fells and moorlands of Swaledale, with the dramatic limestone scars of Fremington Edge dominating the scene and Calver Hill rising up behind the village; it is the perfect base for a walking weekend.
The Buck Hotel is an old coaching inn located at the top of the village green, and is noted for its cosy bar, roaring fire and choice of local ales.
Mark Reid has written several books about the Yorkshire Dales, including The Inn Way… to the Yorkshire Dales, and so knows the surrounding fells, hills and dales like the back of his hand.
Walking Weekender based from: Buck Hotel, Reeth
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at the Buck Hotel for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides (Mark & Graeme) will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:45pm) – Meal at Buck Hotel (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
There will be a choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Graeme Tiffany (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the dales, fells, hills and moors. Routes will include Calver Hill, Fremington Edge, High Harker Hill, Grinton Moor (lead mines), Arkengarthdale and Apedale – superb walks full of interest and variety. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and hills routes taking in Marrick Priory, Langthwaite and its lead mines, Arkengarthdale and the Iron Age remains around Grinton and Fremington. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We will offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Reeth facilities & accommodation
How to get to Reeth
Askrigg is situated in the heart of Swaledale From Richmond in North Yorkshire, head west along the A6108 then B6270 to reach Reeth. The nearest train station is Darlington, from where there are bus services to Reeth
Reeth is a bustling large village with three pubs, hotel, several B&Bs, campsite, bunkbarn (Grinton), cafes, shops and general stores.
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 20,000 miles of footpaths over the 20 years, and has taken over 10,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day’s walk across the Yorkshire Dales!
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders.
- So far, we have taken over 10,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).