Keld and Waterfalls
Distance: 6.2 km
Keld is the highest village of the Swale Valley. It was established around 900 b.c. by settlers from Skandinavia. There are a series of dramatic and fast flowing waterfalls, or ‘forces’ (from the Nordic word ‘foss’) as the brown peaty water of the Swale tumbles down through the village.
We walked down the village street past the Keld Resource Centre and the tiny URC church, to visit the community hall. Smaller than my lounge, the Keld community hall is open, with a coal fire blazing and is all set up as a DIY tea rooms.
A lovely idea. We stopped for tiffin. Scrummy 😁
Our circular route crossed the Swale twice. From the height of the bridges, the river must get to be 3 to 4 metres deep when in flood. Springtime I guess, when the snow off the tops melts.
A very steep and wiggly hill led down to the main road, where we found Swaledale Yurts and vowed to return with children next year.
A short stroll brought us back to the Keld Lodge Hotel where we sat in the warm and planned our journey back to London tomorrow. Ian the sherpa will be picking us up and taking us to our train at Kirkby Stephen.