Grid reference: SD940983
Gunnerside is a typical Dales village in Swaledale. It has a rich history of hill farming and It was the site of a major lead mining industry up to the late nineteenth century.
The walk begins in the centre of the village and follow the road that leads from the green between the houses and on towards Dykes Head. Opposite the farm, on the right hand side, is a shooter’s track. The track gently climbs and soon you will be walking parallel to Gunnerside Gill. From this birds eye position you have a grand view of Gunnerside Beck and the remains of the old lead mines. The climb continue on toward Melbeck Moors. The track curves around to the right where there is a fork in the track. From here, take the right hand track to the summit.
To reach the summit, which is easy to miss, as it is marked by a small pile of rocks and a plastic tube, you have to leave the path and cross a peatbog. – It’s nothing really to get excited about but the views are worth the climb.
There is off-road parking at the start of the walk.
The nearest accessible toilets are located in Gunnerside
Map courtesy of Ordnance Survey. Click here to download the map