Grassington and Hebden
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 10 Jul 2017 Rating:
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty:
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Grassington in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. If you’re after a fairly level Dales walk by a river, through fields and meadows, with beautiful views and also the opportunity to stop off at dog-friendly places then this could be the walk for you.

The terrain is medium difficulty, mostly grassy paths and lanes with gentle to moderate gradients. Some sections of the route can be very muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will be crossing many grass pastures that are likely to contain a mixture of sheep and cattle. There is a small amount of road walking in Hebden. You will need to negotiate some steps and gates and there are several stiles along the route in the form of gaps within the dry-stone wall. Most of these should be suitable for agile dogs to negotiate, but there are a couple where dogs may need a hand. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 2.5 hours.

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 2017). Approximate post code BD23 5LB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Riverside Path

Start point: 54.0693 lat, -1.9977 long
End point: 54.0661 lat, -1.9995 long

From the Grassington National Park car park, head towards the bottom left-hand corner of the overspill area. Pass through the wooden gate and follow the signpost for Linton Falls, along an enclosed tarmac footpath. Just before the bridge over the Falls, turn left following the footpath sign for Hebden and Burnsall along the grassy path alongside the river to the right.

Riverside Path to Mill Lane

Start point: 54.0661 lat, -1.9995 long
End point: 54.0577 lat, -1.9612 long

Follow the path ahead, through gaps in the walls before bearing left towards another gate reached via a small flight of stone steps. Pass through the gate and turn right along a quiet road past some farm buildings. After a short while the road turns into a track as the river comes back into view. Pass through a little wooden gate and follow the Dales Way footpath towards Burnsall (2.5 miles). Keep ahead on the gravelly path – there will probably be sheep in this field so be prepared to put your dog on the lead.

Cross a wooden footbridge over a beck and continue on the path by the river – passing through a number of gates and another beck along the way. Your dog will be able to go paddling or swimming quite easily on this section. The path is wide, green and pleasant, with lovely views of the Dales ahead.

Just before the bridge over the river, take the left-hand path away from the river towards some houses. Pass through a small gate in the dry stone wall and turn right on to a single-track road, Mill Lane, for a short while.

Mill Lane to Hebden Village

Start point: 54.0577 lat, -1.9612 long
End point: 54.0646 lat, -1.9619 long

After crossing Hebden Beck, take an immediate left turn, following a footpath sign to Hebden and Bank Top. The path initially passes through a residential area between two houses ahead, before becoming enclosed as it passes between the residential gardens. With the beck to the left, pass through a gate onto an enclosed path through a wooded area. Keep ahead through another gate along the path into a field with a fence to the left and a hill to the right.

At a wooden footpath sign, head towards Hebden across a track, then cross the beck using the slab of stone as a tiny footbridge. Follow the make-shift wooden footpath sign on a pole, keeping right of the stone wall and fence while heading towards a wooden footbridge and waterfall ahead. Cross over the bridge and pass through a kissing gate, before heading through the trees uphill to the brow of the hill. Keep ahead on the grassy path with houses high to the left and the beck to the right. Again, there is easy access to the beck here should your pooch fancy a paddle.

Head towards the gap in the stone wall ahead next to a gate. Pass through it and head towards some stone steps to the right leading to a bridge over the beck. After crossing the beck, turn left along a winding track next to a house – chickens roam free in this area, so ensure your dog is on a lead. At the end of the track, cross a cattle grid and turn left on to the road into the village of Hebden.

Hebden Village to Quiet Road

Start point: 54.0646 lat, -1.9619 long
End point: 54.0678 lat, -1.9782 long

Keep ahead at the junction, passing the dog-friendly Clarendon Hotel and Hargreaves’ Coaches to the right. Just after the coach firm, follow a public footpath sign to Grassington via High Lane, turning right down a track bordered on both sides by stone walls – creatures can be set free again here! Just after bearing right, the track reaches two gates – one metal, one wooden next to a gap in the wall. Pass through the gap and continue ahead on the path with a dry stone wall to the left. Take the gap and gate in the next dry stone wall ahead and continue across the field, heading for a gate in the next wall. Continue across the next field towards the trees while keeping the dry stone wall to the right. Pass through the gap in the wall in the corner of the field near a footpath sign.

Take the footpath to Grassington through Grassington Park Estate Meadows, but before you do – turn round to take in the fantastic views of Wharfdale behind. After leaving the wooded area, keep ahead through a field on a path fashioned of large paving slabs. Ignore a path to the left and continue ahead down some steps to a quiet road.

Quiet Road to High Lane

Start point: 54.0678 lat, -1.9782 long
End point: 54.07 lat, -1.9865 long

Cross it and head up the steps at the other side – following a waymarker. The path is tarmac with trees to the left and a wire and post fence to the right. Pass through a gap in the wall ahead – using the steps, into another field from where there are splendid views to the left of the River Wharfe and the hills of Wharfedale.

Continue ahead passing through more gaps in the walls – the first is reached via some steps and is quite steep, the second is much lower and easier. After passing through the next gap, keep the next wall to the right. Look for a new footpath sign with a yellow band ahead, at the corner of a dry stone wall. Follow the sign diagonally across the field, towards another yellow banded sign pointing to a gate leading to a track, High Lane, enclosed by dry stone walls.

High Lane to End

Start point: 54.07 lat, -1.9865 long
End point: 54.0696 lat, -1.9978 long

The lane leads back into Grassington. At its end, pass under the large tree across the road and head through the village down Main Street. At the bottom of the street, turn left along the B6265 back to the car park.

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1 responses to "Grassington and Hebden"

Very nice walk

By frankath on 04 Aug 2017

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