Hawes - Bainbridge Circular Day Walk
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Starting in Hawes, this walk works its way to Gayle and on to Shaws Lane then to Burtersett. From Burtersett it's upward, climbing to cross the roman road. Then upward again to cut through a gap between the hills before descending towards Countersett. There's time to pause and take in the views of Semer Water, which is the second largest Natural lake in North Yorkshire. From Semer Water, the route joins the Pennine Way and follows the River Bain for a while before climbing towards Bainbridge. If it's a clear day, we might catch a glimpse of the outline of the Virosidvm roman fort before heading down to Bainbridge where we'll break for lunch.
If we're lucky, the classic cars from the Beamish Reliability run will be having their lunch break on the village green at the same time. There'll be plenty time to admire the cars.
After lunch the hike then continues along the road for a while before crossing the River Ure. After the bridge, the route joins a closed section of the Wensleydale Railway towards Hawes. The walk then turns away from the line across farmland to Sedbusk before dropping back down into Hawes and over the bridge by the former railway station.
At Hawes there's the possibility of visiting a pub or a tea room for refreshments.
I've done a couple of recces of this walk and my view is that it's not suitable for dogs due to a combination of wildlife, livestock, and the number of stiles.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: Proper walking trousers. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch.