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|Skipton Castle Woods Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 26 Jun 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Skipton|
|A 2 mile pretty woodland walk from the small market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire. The route follows the canal out of the town to reach Skipton Castle Woods, once used to provide timber, fuel and food for the castle, while its waterways powered local wool and saw mills, as well as being a source of fish. |
The route follows a mix of wide stone tracks, tarmac paths and unmade woodland paths, the latter of which can get very muddy. A couple of sections lead you up the steep valley sides and you will need to negotiate steep flights of steps in these parts, plus a few gates elsewhere on the route. One of the valley top paths has a steep drop to the side so please take care here. Dogs are welcome in the woodland. There are toilets and plenty of options for refreshments in the centre of Skipton, where the walk begins. Approximate time 1 hour.
Skipton is located just to the south of the Yorkshire Dales, about 20 miles west of Harrogate, and is accessed from the A65. There are several car parks within the town, the nearest being the High Street short stay pay and display car park, the fee for which is £3.50 for 3 hours (correct Jun 2015). The walk starts and finishes on the High Street, outside the library and alongside the statue of Sir Mathew Wilson. Approximate post code BD23 1JX.
|Start to Old Saw Mill|
Start point: 53.9623 lat, -2.0165 long
Standing with your back to the library, facing the road (and the statue of Sir Mathew Wilson), turn left along the pavement, heading uphill towards the church. Follow the pavement as it swings left, signed to Settle. The pavement leads you over the canal bridge. Immediately afterwards, turn left down the steep flight of stone steps to reach the canal towpath.
|Old Saw Mill to Woodland Top Path|
Start point: 53.9653 lat, -2.0137 long
Pass through the wide gate and keep ahead passing the 1785 old saw mill on your right, now converted to a private residence. Pass through the swing gate ahead and a metal ramp leads you across a cobbled weir. Simply follow the main stone track heading up into Skipton Castle Woods, with the river (Eller Beck) running down in the gulley to the right and a small stream running on the left.
|Woodland Top Path to Footbridge|
Start point: 53.97 lat, -2.0151 long
Follow this wide stone path ahead, with a stone wall running just across to the left (ignoring any smaller paths into the woodland slope to the right).
|Footbridge to Bailey Exit Gate|
Start point: 53.971 lat, -2.0084 long
Cross the bridge and turn right to continue your woodland journey, with the river now running on the right. The waterways in the woodland help to support a range of species. If you are lucky you may see a heron or the flash of blue as a kingfisher patrols the banks.
|Bailey Exit Gate to End|
Start point: 53.9663 lat, -2.0113 long
Turn right along the pavement, crossing over the entrance drive for the Bailey Car Park. Across to the left is the site of The Bailey, now home to housing and the offices of Skipton Building Society.
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We really enjoyed this short walk as it helped us work up an appetite ready to visit and enjoy one of the numerous fab eating places in Skipton. Our dog enjoyed a dip in the beck too - so an all round a good experience.
|By Richard on 26 Jun 2015|
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Jun 2015
The saw mill just before you enter Skipton woods.
|Image by: lolls66 |
Uploaded: 02 Oct 2016
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