Inspiration in Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales

Updated: Apr 19, 2020


I spend four days walking, cycling and camping in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


I camped at Usha Gap camp site just outside Muker. Mid week in May, I nearly had the site to myself.


Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale
Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale

Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale
Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale
Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale
Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale
Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale
Usha Gap camp site, Muker, Swaledale

Walk from Muker to Keld

6 mile circular walk from Muker to Keld.

I walked out along the river Swale and back via the Pennine Way.

If you have the Pathfinder Guides Yorkshire Dales walking book, it’s part of walk number 28.


I stop for a tea and cake at Rukin’S Park Lodge Campsite in Keld.


Keld resouce Centre is an interesting Countryside and Heritage Centre. It explores Keld’s history and tells the story of the village. It also has a great second hand book shop. This is where I picked up my evening reading, 'Thunder and Sunshine' and 'Moods of Joys' by Alastair Humphreys.



Muker, Swaledale

Muker, Swaledale
Muker, Swaledale

River Swale
River Swale


River Swale, Pennine Way, Yorkshire
River Swale, Pennine Way, Yorkshire

River Swale
River Swale

Cycling part of the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way

Cycling Muker to Reeth, Redmire and Askrigg.

30 miles ride 2589ft of climbing

Having cycled the rest of the route a few weeks before I wanted to go back and cycle the rest of it.

On the way I popped into the Dales Bike Centre in Reeth. They’ve got a lovely cafe and gave me lots of ideas for routes on other days. I picked ups copy of the Harvey Yorkshire Dales for Cyclists map while I was there.

Read about the rest of the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way in my earlier blog, Inspiration in the Yorkshire Dales: 2 days bikepacking. The blog is about the longer section that I did over 2 days. 126 miles from Hawes, Kettlewell, Malham, Ingleton to Dent.








Curlew
Curlew

It's always a treat to spot curlews in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. It's inspired my curlew linocut print.




Cycling from Keld to Kirby Stephen and Tan Hill

31 mile cycle ride

2,751 ft climbing

This route was a recommendation by the Dales Bike Centre. The road from Muker through Keld to Kirby Stephen's is just stunning. Much of the road follows the River Swale.

I cycle back over the tops to Tan Hill and the highest pub in the UK.




This is the photo that has inspired my latest linocut print 'Swaledale'.