Keld Things to Do

  • Spring has sprung around Keld.
    Spring has sprung around Keld.
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    Hawthorn blossom
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    Muker

    by nickandchris Updated May 9, 2015

    Muker is not far from Keld and nestles between the hills of upper Swaledale. Like much of this part of the world, lead mining was the major industry, along with farming.Farming here is by traditional methods and the 18th and 19th century dry stone walls and barns are very much part and parcel of the landscape hereabouts.

    Walking opportunities are abundant, from the gentle river stroll to the more energetic upland walks. Today's income is generated from tourism, sheep farming and a small woollen industry.

    The village boasts a shop/tearoom, a pub, an art gallery and a craft and woollen shop.

    We stopped off in the tiny village at the village shop come tea room for an ice cream after a hot walk. The weather was beautiful so we were able to sit at the outside table and watch the world go by as we devoured our much appreciated (if a tad expensive)ices.

    The tea room appeared to be doing good business, much of it alfresco.

    Literacy Institute, Muker Village shop and tea room. Quaint shop Muker Enjoying an ice cream!
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    Gunnerside

    by nickandchris Updated Apr 27, 2015

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    Gunnerside, for me, holds distant memories of messing about as a child in and around Gunnerside Gill and time spent in the old pub, the Kings Head. My grandparents ran the pub in the late 50's, early 60's and I can still remember the smell of the place now, musty beer odours and smoke filled rooms.

    Gunnerside is a small hamlet in Richmondshire,set between the River Swale and Gunnerside Gill, once a thriving lead mining village. The remnants and scars from the mining days on the hillsides can still be seen as you walk up the gill, quite fascinating I think.

    The landscape surrounding the village is pure farm and pasture lands, the Gunnerside Flats running alongside the Swale offer a pleasant walk through these traditional fields. In spring, the whole area is covered in yellow celandines and barns dotted randomly complete the picturesque sight.The fields here have been traditionally farmed for hundreds of years and it is nice to see the magnificent stone walls well maintained.

    The village still has a working smithy come museum which was closed on our visit.

    Like all these mining villages, there was a Literacy Institute for learning.

    A great place for river walks of all types!

    Kings Head Gunnerside Literacy Institute Smithy, now a museum. Gunnerside Gill river walk. Tiered houses, Gunnerside.
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    Walking and Enjoying Nature

    by nickandchris Updated Apr 26, 2015

    The long distance walk,The Pennine Way, passes through Keld, taking in some of the waterfalls. Footpaths abound in this area with river, fell and country lane walks and Spring time is a glorious time to visit this area. Nature looks at it's very best. Blossom is blooming, wild flowers fill the meadows, lambs are frolicking and birds are constantly twittering. It is the breeding season for grouse and I have to admit to laughing at the strange grumbling/cackling noise they make!

    Make sure you have a decent map and wear proper clothing and footwear.

    Any number of internet sites list walks in this area.

    Catrake Force Spring has sprung around Keld. Hawthorn blossom Views all around... Yellow fields of celandines
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    Waterfalls!

    by nickandchris Updated Apr 26, 2015

    Waterfalls are a common sight around Keld but never seem to be as full as you would expect.

    We returned to this area April 2015 and the River Swale was far from full after a fairly dry period. There are a couple of falls to be seen from the B6270 to the west of Keld, Wainwath Force,and Crake Force and Kisdon Force are just off the village, reached by footpath.

    Wain Wath Force Catrake Force Wain Wath River Swale Kisdon
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    Rainby Force

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    Keld is where two streams merge to form the Swale and there is a pretty waterfall (force is an old Norse word for it - compare "fors" in Swedish today), which at the time of our visit was not half as impressive as it can be as the summer of 2006 was extremely dry all over Europe. Still, it made a pretty sight and I would love to follow the rivers to their sources by hiking in the gorgeous fells here.

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    England's highest pub

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    England's highest positioned pub is well known in the north of England. Tan Hill it is called and these days it is so famous that they've applied for rights to marry people and when granted this, has had several wedding parties. Tan Hill is really in the middle of nowhere out on its own, three miles north east of Keld up a narrow country lane. These days it has all mod cons but only a few years ago it had no running water or anything and life up here in winter was just a matter of survival. I am still hoping to get here one day but this time we hadn't planned for the trek there and back and still catching a bus back to Richmond once back in Keld...

    The turn off
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