Burley-in-Wharfedale to Otley Chevin and Surprise View
point and OS Grid reference:
Roundhouse, Burley-in-Wharfedale (SE 166464). Car park at rear of Queens
297 – Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley.
Date of Walk: 20
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This walk takes you to Otley
Chevin (Surprise View) with some interesting rocks at the summit at 925 ft
(282 metres). it is an alternative to my Otley
Chevin walk from Otley.
The term Surprise View arises because if you
arrive at this point by car, then walk from the car park to the ridge, you
cannot see the full view until you are on the ridge and it appears as a
“surprise”. It was a sight for a warning beacon and you can make out the
hill of another in the chain at Beamsley Beacon across the valley. Evidently
a Roman road ran along the ridge linking York (Eboracum)
with Ilkley (Olicana).
The views across Wharfedale are some of the
best in the area.
one time, there was a cottage here, known as Jenny’s Cottage, which became
a tea room. It has quite an interesting history and there is an extensive
information board about it. Unfortunately, it had to be demolished after
falling victim to vandalism.
a look out for artwork in the Chevin Area.
are also a number of information boards at Surprise View and a topograph.
distance views appear at various points on the walk, up towards the
Yorkshire Dales, over Airedale and towards Leeds.
walk has the bonus of providing opportunity for a refreshment stop at The
Royalty pub, the half way point, after which the walk is all downhill!
Start: From the Round House (SE 166464), turn
right and walk along Main Street to the roundabout. Cross the A65 by the
roundabout and walk along the old Otley Road, marked as a no through road.
About 100 yards from the roundabout, turn right on to Eastfield Lane (SE
Eastfield Lane until you reach a gate across it, by a stream. Cross the
stream by the plank bridge and follow the path ahead up the field, heading
for the diagonally opposite corner.
arrive at a gate with space to squeeze past on to the golf course. You have
to cross the fairway, so take care here to watch out for golf balls and
please respect the golfers’ game by waiting for shots to be played if
necessary. Head fractionally left of straight ahead to find the exit path
from the golf course into the trees at the far side (SE 177449).
the path through the trees, climbing slightly until you arrive at the broad
path which runs along the course of the old railway line. Turn right and
after but a few yards, turn left on a narrow much fainter footpath, which
leads up some rough steps.
arrive at the rear of the Acrecliffe Farm riding stables (SE 178446). Cross
the stile, following the yellow footpath arrow. As you get level with the
farmhouse, turn right following the public footpath fingerpost. Cross the
stile which is about ten yards to the left of the gate entrance to the
immediately left after crossing the stile, down some steps and follow the
clear path to the road, arriving opposite the tall chimney (SE 178445).
the road but take great care as the view left is obscured by the bend and
traffic sometimes travels (too) fast. On the other side of the road, turn
left then almost immediately right to follow the public footpath fingerpost.
Note; after going through the gate, the footpath is up the slight bank on
path follows the wall alongside the trees on the left and you continue to
follow it after crossing a stile.
the next stile, leave the wall behind and continue along the edge of the
trees to arrive at a gate with a gap stile alongside. Go through this and do
not go to the left of the fence. Follow the hedge on the right.
the hedge ends, keep ahead in the same direction. Go through a squeeze stile
and follow the fenced section of footpath to the road (SE 187443).
right along the road and then left at the road junction.
along the road and after just over a quarter of a mile, at the next road
junction, turn left (Yorkgate). Continue to follow the road for a further
third of a mile, then turn left through a squeeze stile following the public
footpath fingerpost for “Chevin Forest Park” (SE 193440).
the field and at the far side, go through another squeeze stile and turn
right. Follow the path to the left of some large rocks then continue
straight ahead below a line of rocks.
passing all the rocks, the path climbs gently to the right to a wall. Follow
this along. There are good views to the right and on a clear day, the Emley
Moor TV mast is clearly visible.
a prominent path off to the right and keep straight ahead, passing a fishing
pond below you on the right.
you reach a fork at the corner of a wall, go right.
path passes to the right of the summit rocks on Otley Chevin and Surprise
View, with its topograph and information boards. Turn right through the car
park then left at the road to The Royalty (pub).
route continues through the pub car park and over a stile at the far side.
Follow the obvious footpath to another stile. Cross this and head for the
far right hand corner of the field beyond.
the stone step stile in the corner of the field and follow the wall on the
past a gate and on joining a broad track at a corner (SE 204435), turn right
to follow it, ignoring a stile on the right you soon reach.
the track for just over half a mile. There are good views across Airedale
along here. When you reach a ‘T’ junction of tracks, turn left, ignoring
the public footpath on the right almost immediately (SE 196435).
the track as it curves left past the farm and on arriving at the road, turn
along the road, passing the quarry and ignoring a prominent ladder stile on
the left which is private. In less than a quarter of a mile, after passing a
stone-built, castellated pumping station, turn left on a broad track
following a public bridleway fingerpost (SE 191434). There is also a sign
here for Bracken Croft Farm.
on this bridleway, ignoring a public footpath off to the left, until you
reach the road (Netherfield Road). Continue on the bridleway, straight
across the road.
bridleway is a tarmac drive to a house at this point. Follow it and turn off
to the right of the house (SE 184434).
the field and go over a stile, then head to the far left hand corner of the
next field. Cross another stile here and go straight ahead to a kissing gate
after which, follow the dilapidated wall on the right.
a gateway, head slightly left, under the power lines, to the road.
straight across the road and down the broad track opposite following the
public footpath fingerpost.
the track past the houses and as it bends right, take the footpath off to
the left over a stile (SE 181443). The route of the path is now clear, via a
couple of stiles, crossing a stream and arriving at the road.
left and right at the roundabout. Walk down the road for just over a quarter
of a mile, passing the entrance to the Homestead Estate. Turn left along
Carlrayne Lane (SE 174445).
lane narrows to a path. Follow it along, ignoring any turns off.
the railway bridge to a broad track and turn right.
the road junction by the postbox, turn right.
along the road and over the railway bridge, where the road becomes
“Menston Old Lane” and descends towards Burley. Turn left off the road
at a public footpath fingerpost, crossing a stile (SE 168449). Note; the
yellow arrow on the stile is a little misleading, as you keep straight ahead
in the fenced area until it turns into a field.
the right hand boundary of this field initially but as you approach the
stream, head left to a footbridge. Cross this and head for the far left
corner of the field.
Cross the stile on the right 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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