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Guided Stile Free Walk Old Gang Mine Swaledale

Join Access the Dales for a leisurely 5 mile circular stile free guided walk around Old Gang mines. This is a walk that is steeped in the history of lead mining in Swaledale in the 19th Century. The Old Gang Smelt Mill in Arkengarthdale was the largest to operate in this area and the main part of what is still standing was built in 1846 and operated until 1907. The ruins are considered to be one of the best-preserved lead smelt mills in the North Pennines and is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The circular route follows the River Swale and passes by the mill before heading out onto the moors. The path rises gently to the indistinct summit of Great Pinseat. This area is strewn with mining spoil and it is easy to think that you are walking on the moon! It is an eerie and mystical place!

This walk is ideal for someone using an all terrain 4x4 wheelchair such as a Tramper or TerrainHopper.

The event is led by a qualified mountain leader, with support from Yorkshire Dales volunteers.

Parking is available at the car parking area at Surrender bridge. (grid reference SD989999: What3words relieves.tags.survived)

A short walk along the quiet road takes you to the start of the bridleway. It is a long, steep (1in 10) climb at the start, but the surface of track is good. It is a challenging accessible walk for those who want an adventure.

This event is supported by the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable Development Funds

The boring (but important bit):


We have been keeping an eye on the latest developments and while we still consider it safe to run our events can we ask that in order to keep our team and other attendees safe you follow the advice below

• Please complete a lateral flow test no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event

• Please do not attend the event If you or any of your party develop or have any symptoms of Covid-19 prior to the event or receive a track and trace alert.

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Cancellation by you

If you can no longer attend then please let us know as soon as possible so we can try and give your place to someone else. Please provide notification by email to the event leader.

Cancellation by us

If we need to cancel the event we will give as much notice as possible. We do not accept any responsibility for any losses incurred should we need to cancel the event.


Participants under the age of 18 must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

All participants take part entirely at their own risk. The organiser shall not be liable, or accept liability, for any accidents, injury, loss or damage sustained as a consequence of participation in the event.

Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the event and be prepared for all weather conditions.

Participants should notify the organisers of any medical conditions that they should be aware of.

You should also carry any medication that may be required for example asthma inhalers. Or any other medication you require.

Any participant who has any doubts about their fitness or ability to take part should consult their GP or a suitably qualified health professional before participating.

An emergency contact number will be supplied to all participants prior to the event and participants should ensure they have both this number and a phone with them during the event.

Although all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the safety of people participating in our activities, individuals do so at their own risk.

The supporting leaders are trained and assessed to guide you safely. However, customers need to accept that there are risks involved in any outdoor activity.

All participants must abide by instructions issued by leaders, including health and safety instructions. Anyone failing to abide by these instructions may be asked to leave the activity if, in the opinion of the leaders, their actions could jeopardise anyone in the group.

If anyone leaves an event before the finish, either by agreement or having been asked to, the leader or leaders’ duty of care will cease at that point.

We reserve the right to alter or cancel an activity if it is not safe to proceed. This is most likely in the event of extreme weather conditions.

We reserve the right to exclude participants if they are deemed by leaders not to be adequately prepared and equipped. Please check our recommended kit list which will state if specific equipment is advised or essential, particularly in relation to footwear and clothing. Please ensure you have enough food and drink for the type and duration of the activity.

We reserve the right to refuse participation if it is considered a person’s conduct puts either themselves or others in danger. We accept no responsibility for personal property that may be lost or damaged during the event.

We will not share contact details collected during registration with any third parties other than our event leaders and we will not use the details to contact you directly about further events. You may still receive emails about future events via Eventbrite and you will need to unsubscribe from these to stop receiving them. Our GDPR policy is available on request.

In the event of adverse weather conditions:

Most activities, particularly guided events, have alternative routes in the event of adverse weather. Leaders will make a decision on the day as to whether the event will proceed, or an alternative will be offered. Their decision is final.


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