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|Grassington Meadows and the River Wharfe|
|Author: Claire, Published: 26 Jun 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the small market town of Grassington in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The walk explores the grass meadows and pastures to the north of the town in the limestone area of Wharfedale before returning alongside the River Wharfe, pausing to enjoy the watery spectacle of Linton Falls. |
The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout and follows unmade field paths which can be muddy at times. You will need to negotiate some gates plus a total of 18 stiles along the way. The majority of the stiles are stone wall stiles (which should be straightforward for most people and dogs) and stone wall squeeze stiles (many of which are very narrow and so may be difficult for broader people and dogs). There is also one standard fence stile (with adjacent dog gate) plus a tall wooden ladder stile (which less agile people may find difficult and dogs will need a hand over). You will be sharing many of the pastures with sheep and cattle so take care with dogs. There are toilets and refreshments available in Grassington at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 hours (longer if there is a group of you, which will mean queuing for the multitude of stiles).
Grassington is a small market town in the Craven District of North Yorkshire, about 8 miles north-east of Bolton Abbey. The walk starts and finishes from the National Park Centre car park on the main B6265, which costs £4.50 for the day (correct Jun 2015). Approximate post code BD23 5LB.
|Start to High Lane|
Start point: 54.0692 lat, -1.9974 long
Leave the car park back to the road, cross over and turn left along the pavement heading back to the centre of Grassington. As the main road begins to swing left, take the first road on the right, Main Street. At the fork keep right again, heading uphill on the pretty cobbled street passing between a range of small shops, tea rooms, restaurants and the village museum.
|High Lane to Wise House|
Start point: 54.0731 lat, -1.9956 long
Follow this stone track climbing with a stone wall running on the right. The gradient begins to ease and the views open up across the walls each side. As soon as the track begins to descend, look out for a wide metal gate on the left. Soon afterwards, you will find a narrow wooden gate set between two tall stone gateposts, also on the left. NOTE: From this point you may be sharing any of the fields with cattle and/or sheep.
|Wise House to Fingerpost Crossroads|
Start point: 54.0715 lat, -1.9827 long
Beyond the ruined barn, keep ahead to reach the gated squeeze stile in the field corner. Go through this and keep ahead, following the fence line on the right, passing the main ruined farmhouse across to your left. Keep ahead, passing over a ruined wall and going through two more squeeze stiles. Walk directly ahead, with a stone wall on the right, to join the concrete access lane between a cottage on the left and outbuilding on the right.
|Fingerpost Crossroads to B6265|
Start point: 54.0693 lat, -1.974 long
Do NOT cross the stile ahead instead turn right on the path signed to the B6265. Follow the path down the field, following the line of the wall on the left. At the bottom of the pasture cross the fence stile (with adjacent dog gate) ahead to enter the woodland within the site of Grassington Park Estate Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
|B6265 to River Wharfe|
Start point: 54.0645 lat, -1.9758 long
Cross the road diagonally right (taking care of the traffic) to reach the stone stile which leads you into the meadows on the southern side of the road. Take the footpath at about 2 o’clock (signed to Grassington and Linton Falls) and follow this direction across three fields (a mixture of pastures and hay meadows). You will emerge to a junction with a concrete farm access track, with the farmhouse ahead.
|River Wharfe to Linton Falls|
Start point: 54.0639 lat, -1.99 long
When you have finished admiring the church, stepping stones and river (and hopefully not getting your feet too wet!) return back to the crossroads by the gate. Go through the gate to join the track signed as The Dales Way to Grassington.
|Linton Falls to End|
Start point: 54.0659 lat, -1.9997 long
Take time here to enjoy this spectacle, created as the River Wharfe cascades through channels within a discontinuity in the limestone bedrock on the line of the Craven Fault. After periods of rain, when the river is high, the water is forced into white turbulent torrents as it forces its way over the uneven river bed. When the river water is low, you will have chance to admire the various holes, fissures and caverns cut into the limestone rocks by the force of the river.
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Some of the stiles (squeeze gaps) are indeed quite narrow. I loved watching the snipe flying around the fields. They are easy to identify because of their long bills.
|By Richard on 26 Jun 2015|
Hi, myself and my husband really enjoyed this walk. Some of the initial instructions were a little sparse however, we were glad to have the map to track our progress.
|By Lesgraham73 on 25 Apr 2016|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Jun 2015
You will see several abandoned properties on your walk. This one looks quite substantial. I would like to know who lived there and why the property was abandoned.
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