21. The Richmond Ramble
Meeting Point: Nuns Close Car Park, Hurgill Road, Richmond, DL10 4AF
A lovely stage beginning in the picturesque Yorkshire market town of Richmond. We follow the River Swale south-east out of town, as the trail alternately takes us through woodland and across open countryside.
We pass the ruins of Easby Abbey, which was dissolved by Henry VIII during the reformation. Soon after that, we cross the Swale and start back towards Richmond, before heading westwards through undulating countryside, crossing the Swale once again, then curving round Low and East Applegarth.
From here we descend back into Richmond, enjoying views of both Richmond Castle and Richmond Falls. A very pleasant and enjoyable river walk through scenic countryside, and one of the less taxing stages of the Trek.
Distance: 17.1 km (10.63 miles)
Difficulty Rating: ★★☆☆☆