Askrigg to Middleham (Low option) (14 miles / 23 km)
The first half of today’s walk is shared by both the high and low routes into Middleham. We leave Askrigg and continue to use the old railway line that served Wensleydale, before leaving it in favour of a path that hugs the Ure, through sheep pastures and hay meadows. At Aysgarth we find white water in the Falls and make a decision; high or low.
The path through the valley, beside the river is splendid and we see aspects of the river not evident anywhere else. The river looks remote and rugged, yet our path easily navigable and safe in even the worst weather. We visit shady woods and pass the village of Wensley, the place that gave the valley its name, before arriving in Middleham, famous for its castle and its association with race horses.