Walk - Burley Woodhead and York View
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Roundhouse, Burley-in-Wharfedale (SE 166464). Car park at rear of Queens
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This is a lovely varied walk taking
in some of the best views in the Burley area. It also takes in a “fairy
dell”, holly “tunnel” and industrial remains. It takes you via the
hamlet of Burley Woodhead, with an opportunity for refreshment at The Hermit
The pub gets its name from a real hermit, one
Job Senior, who lived in these parts in the 19th century. He was
an archetypal hermit with patched clothing and trousers tied up with string
but had a remarkable singing voice. He sang in local pubs and even in Leeds
and Bradford theatres. He became something of a celebrity and lived to be
77. He died of cholera in 1857.
After the Hermit, the walk goes briefly via
the edge of Burley Moor near to York View, so called because in good
visibility, you can evidently see York Minster. There are certainly great
views over Lower Wharfedale, across to Denton and Askwith moors and towards
Cookridge and Guiseley.
The walk starts at the Roundhouse in Grange
Park. There are refreshment opportunities at The Hermit pub on the outward
journey and at Bleach Mill House on the return.
With your back to the door of the Roundhouse (SE 166464), turn
left and walk through the park, to Grange Road and turn right. At the
junction, turn left and walk up Station Road and under the railway bridge.
Immediately after the bridge, turn left on Hag Farm Road. Follow this as it
Continue past the houses, then, just after a
right hand bend, opposite a gateway leading to a small stone barn on the
left, turn right over a stile (SE 160450). The next stile is ahead of you
bearing slightly left.
Over this stile, the path is reasonably well
walked but if in doubt, head just to the right of the power lines, heading
towards the trees.
At the trees, cross a stile and follow the
obvious path through the trees, crossing a stream via some rough stepping
stones. The path leads to a walkers’ gate. Go through this and follow the
fence on the right. You pass a mature sycamore tree with a huge trunk.
Continue to follow the path as it climbs, now
between a fence and a dilapidated wall, to a jumble of old concrete fence
posts where there is another walkers' gate. Go through this and go straight
ahead, now following a line of old concrete fence posts.
Good views of Otley Chevin start to appear to
Continue to the top of the field following
the concrete posts, ignoring another path (bridleway) which you cross, to
another walkers’ gate. Through this, and you are in the garden of a house.
Follow the tarmac drive to emerge in the car park belonging to The Hermit
pub (SE 154448).
Turn left along the road for 100 yards or so
and opposite the row of terraced cottages (Prospect Row), turn right up some
stone steps in the wall, following the direction of the public footpath
fingerpost. Take care along here as motorists regularly exceed the 20 mph
speed limit and there are blind corners.
Cross the field diagonally to the next stile
which you can see, a rather unusual ‘V’ shape.
Follow the property boundary to your left and
on reaching a corner head diagonally right to the corner of stone walls,
where there is a stone step stile. Cross this and follow the left hand field
boundary. There are great views here to Otley Chevin and Almscliff Crag and
over Burley to the moors beyond.
The path comes out into a broad track (Green
Lane) where you turn right (SE 154444). Continue on the track until, as it
starts to bend to the right, you turn left up some steep steps to a stile. A
yellow footpath arrow marks the way.
At the top of the stile, turn sharp left over
two slabs then go round to the right.
Go through a walkers’ gate, then bear round
to the right. The grassy way is marked with a series of poles with yellow
tape around the tops. At the end of this section, go through a “holly
tunnel” and over a little footbridge crossing Carr Beck (SE 150444) at
what could pass as a fairy dell! Climb some steep steps to a stile. Over
this, turn right to follow the right hand field boundary.
Cross a stile at Carr Bottom Farm (SE 149445)
and turn right to follow the access track. Go through the farm gate and turn
left to follow the broad track. Ahead of you at the gate is the embankment
of Carr Bottom Reservoir.
Just past a small brick building, the track
divides but you keep straight ahead.
There are now good views to Otley Chevin once
more and over Guiseley as far as the radio tower at Cookridge.
Remain on the broad track, crossing another
stile, until, just after it swings right, you reach a public footpath
fingerpost indicating your left turn (SE 153441). There are a few lumps and
bumps here but the path follows the depression between them. It drops down
to a wall which you follow to a gate at a corner, with a fingerpost. Go
through the gate and follow the gently descending walled path through the
You reach a lower section of Carr Beck which
you cross to a broad track (Green Lane again). Turn right to the road (SE
Carefully cross the road to follow the
steeply descending drive to houses opposite, marked with a public footpath
fingerpost. There is a bench on the corner.
At the bottom of the drive, turn left in
front of the house “The Glen” and down the steps. They are marked with a
yellow arrow. Cross a bridge and follow the obvious path which now follows
Carr Beck for quite a while.
You pass the industrial remains of an old dam
and chimney in the woods on the right, a legacy of an old bleach mill,
before having to scramble over an unusual three-stone stile.
When you arrive at a broad track with
multiple footpath arrows (SE 159446), keep straight ahead through the
squeeze stile. If you wanted to briefly turn right here, Bleach Mill House
is a hundred yards or so further on, where refreshments can usually be
Beyond the squeeze stile, go through several
stiles, continuing to follow the course of the beck. The path is well walked
and should be obvious.
After crossing a two plank footbridge, head
for the high point of the field and you will see the next stile/gateway in
the far left corner. Follow the left hand boundary of the field beyond here.
Cross a wooden bridge then bear right to
another stile going into the trees and up to the railway line. Be very
careful crossing the line and drop down the path on the far side, through
Cross a stile at the bottom of the trees then
immediately turn left over another stile and climb some rough steps to a
track running along the disused railway route. Turn left then almost
immediately right, to descend some more steps.
The path arrives at a road (Holme Park) turn
right, then immediately left to follow the footpath indicated by a public
footpath fingerpost. At the next road (Sandholme Drive), go straight across.
Ignore a path off to the left and continue to
follow the beck. Arriving at the end of a cul-de-sac (Jumb Beck Close), walk
along the end of it and turn left where indicated by the fingerpost.
At the bridge, cross it then turn right.
You reach the junction of Prospect Road and
St Phillips Way at a corner. Proceed along St Phillips Way. At the ‘T’
junction with Langford Lane, turn left, then right along Grangefield Avenue.
Then turn left along Grange Road back to Grange Park and the Roundhouse.
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