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5 Walks In The Yorkshire Dales

 

 Preston, Redmire and Grinton Moors

Starting point  and OS Grid reference:

Preston-under-Scar (SE 072911) – on street parking

Ordnance Survey Map

OL 30 Yorkshire Dales – Northern and Central.

Distance:  11.3 miles

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Introduction: This walk starts just outside the north east corner of the Yorkshire Dales but is partly within its boundary. It is predominantly a moorland walk but one which provides very good views of Wensleydale and Swaledale. It also takes you through an industrial history of lead mining. It is mostly very easy but there is a short section of moderate steep uphill to Height of Greets hence the amber section.

Start: The walk starts in Preston-under-Scar (SE 072911).To get there, turn north off the A684 at the village of Wensley between Leyburn and West Witton.

Village spring at Preston-under-Scar There is only street parking in the village. There is a small rough lay-by just by the road out of the village to Richmond next to the village spring and a bench to sit and don your boots but with only room for one car. You might be lucky! This is where the walk starts.

Walk along the road towards Richmond (signposted Richmond 10 miles). Just past the 30 mph sign turn left where there is a green public footpath sign (SE 073912) and over the cattle grid. After crossing this bear immediately right heading at an angle towards the trees. Walk along the edge of the trees and at a stile with multiple yellow footpath arrows, keep straight ahead following the line of the forest.

At the end of the trees, the path opens into open ground (SE 071915). There is a faint path ahead of you to the disused quarry which is your route. There are some old concrete supports for railway tracks as you reach the quarry floor. As you cross the quarry floor, the wall of rock ahead looks impenetrable but if you look slightly left, there is a grassy ramp. Proceed up this ducking under the high fence straining wire at the top. Cross the stile and cross the field to the gate in the wall ahead.

 

 

Wensleydale

Wensleydale

Cross the road and go through the gate immediately opposite (SE 070918). Follow the wall along the field until you reach a stile with a footpath arrow indicating your route through the trees. Continue to follow the footpath arrows until after climbing another stile, you arrive at a cattle grid. Turn left and at the fork in about 100 yards, turn right (SE 069930).

Stay on the stony track, and at the next junction of paths, keep right on the main track (SE 064936). At the next junction where there is a green barrier, fork left, staying on the main track. Bear left at the next junction where indicated by the public footpath finger post.

The next turn is not easy to spot (I walked past it at first) but as the stony track dips down with some grouse butts on the right, look out for a faint double track on the right obviously used by vehicles now and again (SE 057941). Follow this across the moor and it leads to a gate in a stone wall (SE 057951). Go through this and immediately left through a walkers’ gate. Bear right on a narrow path across the moors.

Swaledale

As the moor starts to level out and then dip, you get views of Swaledale and the village of Reeth. The path joins a broad track. Turn left and follow it down to some stone buildings in a small valley. These look like barns at first glance and although they do appear now to be used occasionally for animals, they are actually the remains of the Grinton Smelt Mill and dates to the 1820s. An information board inside give you the history and there are the extensive remains of the large flue on the hillside (SE 049965).

Grinton Smelt Mill

Flue at Grinton Smelt Mill

Follow the track down past the old mine buildings and at the road, turn left and follow the road round over the bridge. About 150 yards beyond the bridge, take the signposted public bridleway on the left (SE 049970). The path follows the contour along the hillside with good views of Reeth and Swaledale. On reaching the road, continue on the bridleway straight ahead (SE 044973).

Swaledale

On reaching a track which services the grouse butts, turn left SE (043973). At this junction there is a round stone grouse butt sunken into the ground. On reaching another broad track, cross straight over and continue up the hill to the road. Turn right (SE 040967).

Remain on the road until you reach a finger post on the right hand side indicating a bridle way (SE 039963). Follow this green path across the open moorland. The path here can be a little faint but on the skyline is an old spoil heap which from this angle looks a bit like a volcanic crater. Keep this to your right as you ascend the hill. There are a few stone cairns marking the way. After passing the “volcano” you see two small pointed creations on the skyline which are larger stone cairns. Head for these. As you reach them go through the gate where there is a summit cairn marking the Height of Greets and turn left.

Height of Greets

Follow the broad track down the hill until you reach a “crossroads” of tracks with a four way fingerpost (SE 031942). Turn left past the small stone building and ugly corrugated steel barn. It is actually worth pausing here and briefly diverting across the stream to look at Dent’s Houses, an exceptionally well equipped shooting lodge which the owners very kindly allow passers-by to use. There is even a toilet! There is a guestbook you are invited to sign. Please respect this generous provision and leave the place as you find it.

Dents Houses

Chimney at Grasper Bank Return to and follow the broad track which exits into a road at a cattle grid (SE 042941). Turn right and walk down the hill. As the road turns sharp right, keep straight on down the wide stony track (SE 046935). Just past the chimney at a ruined stone building (just past a finger post which does not indicate your route!) turn right and follow what at first glance looks like a collapsed stone wall but is actually the collapsed flue for the chimney (SE 059930). Follow it down to a fence and climb the stile over it. Follow the direction of the footpath arrow. If you hear “shots”, do not panic! These emanate from a quarry you are about to circle. Follow the path through a few trees and over the stile by a collapsed wall. Then turn right and take the path round the side of the quarry. The track takes you down between a disused quarry on the right and an active one on the left. As you reach a main track, turn left (SE 060920).

As the track turns left into the quarry you carry straight on (SE 065917). There is a red footpath sign although the arrow points towards you. At the road by the quarry entrance, turn left then immediately right as indicated by a public footpath fingerpost (SE 067916). Walk along the top of the old quarry ignoring a stile on the left and at another stile to the left of a 5 bar gate, cross.

 

 

Wensleydale

You are now walking along the natural escarpment (on the right) with great views of Wensleydale with a clear sight of Castle Bolton.

Over the next stile and you are at the trees you passed at the beginning of the walk (SE 071915). Turn right and follow the trees back to Preston-under-Scar.  

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