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|Greenhow and Nidderdale Way|
|Author: Claire, Published: 22 Jun 2015||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Nidderdale|
|A 6.5 mile circular walk from the village of Greenhow in North Yorkshire, within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route follows paths and stone tracks across the areas of high pasture and moorland, passing through the remains of several old lead mines. The strenuous route rewards you with marvellous views across the bleak moorland which is dissected by several streams and the remote area is also home to plenty of birds including curlews, lapwings and snipes. |
These high moorlands are very exposed so ensure you are properly prepared with clothing, water, food, a map, a compass and other essentials. The walk has many long climbs and descents throughout. The paths are a mixture of stone tracks, quiet lanes and moorland paths, the latter of which can get very slippery and muddy in wet weather and winter. You will need to negotiate several gates, a shallow ford crossing, some steps plus a couple of squeeze stiles and one stone wall stile (which you cross twice). The stiles should be easy for most dogs to negotiate. About 90 percent of the route crosses moorland that is grazed by sheep so please be sure to close all gates and remember that dogs will need to stay on a short lead throughout. A couple of the pastures may also be holding cattle, so take care with dogs in these sections. There are no toilets or refreshments on route. Approximate time 3.5 hours.
Greenhow village is located on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Hebden in North Yorkshire. The walk starts and finishes from the Toft Gate Lime Kiln free car park which is about a mile east of the village and is marked with a brown tourism sign for The Coldstones Cut. Approximate post code for village HG3 5JQ.
|Start to Thorsarch|
Start point: 54.0753 lat, -1.8044 long
Before you begin the walk, you may wish to explore the site of Toft Gate Lime Kiln which is just behind the car park. There is an information board here which explains the history of this site. The site was built in the 1860s to produce quick lime for use in mortar and as fertiliser.
|Thorsarch to Greenhow Cemetery|
Start point: 54.0788 lat, -1.8082 long
Turn left and follow the tarmac lane steadily uphill. The lane soon becomes a stone track and leads you all the way up and through a gate to reach a T-junction with another lane. Turn left, continuing uphill and you will emerge to a T-junction with the B6265. Turn right along the road edge, taking care of any traffic.
|Greenhow Cemetery to Brandstone Ford|
Start point: 54.0736 lat, -1.82 long
Continue along the roadside verge and then the pavement, heading for the centre of the village. Lying between 400m and 420m above sea level, Greenhow is one of the highest villages in Yorkshire. Joseph Kipling, the grandfather of Rudyard Kipling, was the minister of the local Methodist Chapel and Rudyard wrote a short story which included reference to the village, On Greenhow Hill. The extract below demonstrates that Kipling himself realised just how exposed the area is:
|Brandstone Ford to Nidderdale Way|
Start point: 54.0804 lat, -1.8239 long
Cross the ford with care and continue on the stone track which leads you uphill passing the remains of an old stone arch on the left, another remnant of the lead mines. Lead mining in this area is thought to date back to Roman times. Ingots of lead, known as pigs, dating from the 1st century have been found nearby. In the Middle Ages, lead from Yorkshire became important for roofing castles and cathedrals. It is said that lead from Yorkshire mines was used in Windsor Castle, St Peter's in Rome and even on church roofs in Jerusalem.
|Nidderdale Way to Ashfold Bridge|
Start point: 54.0874 lat, -1.8168 long
Turn left along this track and follow it through an open gateway within a stone wall. On the wall post you will notice a waymarker symbol, the blue arrow denoting the bridleway status of the path and the image of the curlew in flight denoting the Nidderdale Way. This long-distance circular footpath is 53 miles long and takes in the best rural paths and landmarks within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
|Ashfold Bridge to Low Wood Bridge|
Start point: 54.0909 lat, -1.8196 long
At the far side of the bridge, pass through the gate and turn right to follow the stone path which hugs the side of the hill. This leads you up to a junction with a wide stone track. Turn right along this track and follow it down through a gate and on winding through the valley bottom to pass through a second gate.
|Low Wood Bridge to Tarmac Lane|
Start point: 54.0927 lat, -1.7894 long
At the far side of the bridge, pass through the gate and bear right on the stone track leading you uphill. At the junction at the top of the slope, bear left to join a grass track between stone walls. As you approach a house ahead, the track swings right then turn left over a narrow footbridge.
|Tarmac Lane to End|
Start point: 54.0848 lat, -1.7957 long
Turn right along the lane and cross the cattle grid (or use the gate alongside). Further along the lane leads you past Low Waite Farm on the right and then, just beyond the brow of the hill, fork left onto the stone entrance drive for Ivinwaite Farm (signed as a public bridleway to Toft Gate).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely walk that is quite challenging. Some areas are quite remote and navigation is quite difficult as not all the paths are clearly signed as footpaths. (I would suggest using the app so that you can check the live map and make sure you are still on the right track.)
|By Richard on 26 Jun 2015|
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: 22 Jun 2015
Perhaps this is where Rudyard Kipling looked out and wrote his poem - On Greenhow Hill.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 22 Jun 2015
The victorian sighting tower.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 22 Jun 2015
Some of the mine workings that you see just after the ford.
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