This is a walk that is steeped in the history of lead mining in Swaledale in the 19th Century.
The Old Gang Smelt Mil 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! The route continues on a bridle path back onto a minor road which lead you back to the car parking area.
Recommend: Because of the rough terrain and gradients I would recommend a sturdy all terrain wheelchair, such as the TerrainHopper.
Where do I park?
From Reeth take the B6270 until you reach the small village of Healaugh. Turn right at Healaugh, signposted towards Langthwaite. The parking area is just before you cross the bridge.
There is informal parking just before you cross Old Gang Beck at Surrender Bridge.
What Map do I need?
What facilities are there?
The nearest public toilets, including RADAR facility toilets, are at northern side of the green in Reeth.