Today saw us say goodbye to the Keld Lodge.
This, we had decided, was a remarkable place…
It’s a fairly stark looking building in what looks like the middle of nowhere but..it has 11 bedrooms and most importantly for walkers and cyclists, a dedicated drying room. It also has a dining room serving top quality meals at a reasonable but not cheap price, a good wine list and well kept real ale.
The owners have realised that although Keld is in the middle of nowhere for the uninitiated, it’s actually on the most important crossroad for walkers in the whole of Northern England…
The Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast meet here..
The significance of that can probably best summed up by an overheard telephone conversion in the bar…
Phone rings… Manager answers.. “Hello..” says the manager ..” you’d like a booking for September? which year is that ?”..
That sums the place up..
Provide the right service, in the right place at the right time and you’ll succeed..
Todays walk was another 11 miler, Eastward from Keld to Reeth.
There are two possible routes, “high” and “low”.
The high route takes you on top of the ridge, past numerous old mine workings, whereas the lower route basically follows the River Swale all the way to Reeth.
We’d been told that the low route was by far the best, so that’s what we did!
Great Yorkshire names…!
The village of Keld..
Our first look at the River Swale..
The crossroads of The Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast walks.
This could be the most important crossing in the country for walkers.
The high route to the left, the low route to the right..
We went right and soon came close to the ruin of the wonderfully named Crackpot Hall.!
Close to Crackpot Hall..
Now we turned South to follow the river down the valley..
I’m just going to post some more photos here because this place was just beautiful…!
A friendly cow….
Finally we got to Reeth, bustling village with a great outdoor shop and some good pubs…
We sat outside and enjoyed our beer and the view..
Big skys in Yorkshire…