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Tan Hill Inn to Keld

Circular Walk to Keld and Ravenseat (9.5 Miles)

Distance: 9.5-miles circular
Duration: 5-6 hours
Recommended map: OS Explorer OL 19

Start at the highest pub in Britain and take a walk along the famous Pennine Way, then walk along the Coast to Coast, stop for a tea and scone at Ravenseat before returning to the Tan Hill Inn for a well deserved real ale in front of the roaring fire.

Pennine Way to Keld

Detailed Description

1. From the Tan Hill Inn turn right and take the first turning left.

2. Keep along this moorland road until you reach a footpath sign on the right. The footpath crosses the moor diagonally towards a junction of streams. Cross the stream here and continue on the left-hand bank.

3. Cross the stream and head up the hillside opposite, with a rather deep gully on your right.

4. At the crest of the hill, turn left and follow the direction of the fingerpost. Keep across moor in same direction.

5. Etched on the skyline to the right are the stones of Nine Standards Rigg. Continue on path across moorland. If you stray slightly to the right from the compass bearing you can follow a fence to reach the signpost and stile at the next waymark.

6. Cross the stile and follow the path as it bears right and drops down into the valley. Continue downhill with the gully on your left, towards the farm below. Ford the beck via stepping-stones and pass through the field-gate at the farm to reach a stone bridge on your left.

7.Cross the bridge and walk through the narrow gap between two farm buildings. Continue ahead through the gap in the next wall. Yellow route-markers now make their appearance. Keep walking passed the farm buildings and through a series of gates, with the river below on your right. 

8. Where the path forks uphill here, keep right.

9. As the track descends, with the river-bridge and road in sight, take the rising footpath off to the left. The path leads on to a track, passed some derelict buildings, and continues above the river.

10. Continue, with beautiful views of river below on right. Climb two ladder-stiles en route to the exit path at the road. Turn right and follow the road downhill around bends. Then cross the river via the road-bridge.

11. At the junction, turn left and walk along road to return to Keld.

12. Walk downhill to the start of the footpath, signposted to Muker. Follow the footpath downhill towards the river.

13. The left fork leads down to the river Swale. Cross the bridge and climb to reach another fork. Turn left on to the Pennine Way, following it as it ascends.

14. By a house where two greystone paths diverge, take neither but follow the grassy track uphill to the right. Look out for white acorn logo and continue across the moor. Join the track from the path, and continue to walk in the same direction.

15. At the cairn you can take either path heading north-east (both lead to same point but left-hand route may be drier). Bear right on to the rising path up the side of the valley and keep following the Pennine Way signs to get back to the Tan Hill Inn.