The Drovers path from Nidderdale to Kilnsey

To walk this fairly substantial path from Nidderdale to Wharfedale (12 miles), start from Middlesmoor and cross fields through styles on a footpath to Low Riggs (my old farm) and then past dilapidated High Riggs.

Follow the gravel track alongside How Stean Beck and then Straight Stean Beck with Meugher on your left before ascending to the watershed at Sandy Gate. Here the path is less clear, so maps, good footwear and a good eye on the weather are important to remember before you set off.

The route drops down to Mossdale Scar where the Mossdale beck disappears through rocks at the base of the cliff. As you pass Bycliffe notice the old sheep folds and watch for golden and green plovers, ring ouzels, curlew and snipe in the peat upland valley.

 Spectacular views across Wharfedale come into sight as the gravel track brings you down through fields and across the limestone pavements above Conistone. The final drop is down into the fertile green and grey landscape near the river Wharfe.

Passing through the attractive village of Conistone and over the bridge the route leads to Kilnsey market under the protection of the giant Kilnsey Crag.