Maggie's favourite routes and places :-) . . SEMER WATER
Semer Water  route map
This is the classic 9 miles walk in Wensleydale. The views are magnificent.
Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the route for this walk. NB PDF form.


Pictures taken on this walk
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Distance :

9 miles / 14.6 kilometers


Required map & Grid Reference :

Outdoor Leisure Map 30 & GR 934904


Start / Finish :

Bainbridge village centre.


Estimated time :

4-5 hours


Total ascent :

1450 feet / 414 meters

Terrain :

Mainly good, dry paths. The first stretch is an old roman road - a stony track. There is some walking around the reservoir and that can occasionally be damp. In bad weather the tracks from Marsett to Stalling Busk can be flooded (but passable).


Toilets :

Bainbridge village centre - the bottom part of the green, near the playground.


Refreshments :

There is a tea shop and a couple of pubs in Bainbridge. There are also many other refreshment spots in nearby Hawes or Aysgarth.

On the walk, a detour to Stalling Busk may allow for a refreshment stop at Raydale preserves. (Aunt Lena's picalili is highly recommended by the author - along with many other delights!)


First Steps

From the top of the village green, take a side road. It is the road to Countersett. Follow the road up and out of the viallage for about a quarter of a mile. When the road bends left, keep straight on up the old roman Cam High Road, a stony track stetching straight up the hill.


Things to look out for

As soon as you hit the Cam High Road you start to get fantastic views over Wensleydale. Later you get magnificnet views over Semer Water, Bardale and Raydale. Stalling Busk church (a ruin by the waterside) is a lovely stop.


Other walks from Bainbridge. There are several variations that take you from Bainbridge around Semer Water - eg taking the east path along the water and up High Lane and Shaw Gate Gill, to return by Carpley Green. Addlebrough is also an attractive trip.