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Walk #38: Hawes to Keld


ZY17	The view north from the summit of Great Shunner Fell.
ZY18	The view looking back over Thwaite.
ZY17 The view north from the summit of Great Shunner Fell.
ZY18 The view looking back over Thwaite.

General Data

Date Walked 16/08/1999
County North Yorkshire
Start Location Hawes YHA
End Location Keld YHA
Start time 08.00
End time 14.00
Distance 12.9 miles
Description This is a very nice day's walk, climbing up slowly onto the top of Great Shunner Fell before dropping down into the picturesque village of Thwaite.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition I feel absolutely fine after this walk. I made good time all day. My back is fine, my legs are fine and my ankle, though aching slightly, is not hurting. Generally positive.
Weather I wore my t-shirt all the way today. The weather on the early morning climb up to Great Shunner Fell was lovely, with only the wind making it slightly bracing. It remained good all the way down into Thwaite, but after that on the way into Keld it showered and hailed. The sun soon came out again though. I did not even bother to put on my coat and wore my t-shirt continuously.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 30 (Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central Areas)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a very nice days walk. I could do with more days like this. I walked on my own and I slightly missed Sam's company, but nonetheless a nice day. The going on the rocks around Kisdon Hill between Thwaite and Keld was hard and slippery after the rain.

I am feeling much more confident about finishing the walk now. Tomorrow's walk to Baldersdale should no be too hard at about 15 miles, and the only day I am particularly concerned about is the one between Dufton and Garrigill which promises to be a hard one.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Hawes Great Shunner Fell6.4 1693 207
Great Shunner FellThwaite 3.3 56 1453
Thwaite Keld 3.2 732 561

This makes a total distance of 12.9 miles, with 2481 feet of ascent and 2221 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #38
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
37Horton in Ribbesdale to Hawes14.0
39Keld to Baldersdale15.0
658Grassington to Swarthgill18.0

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