Starting point and OS Grid reference:
(SE 032611) – Limited road parking plus pay and display cp.
Ordnance Survey Map
Yorkshire Dales - Southern and Western Areas.
Distance: 7.3 miles
Date of Walk: 10 March 2011
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This is a
short walk but through interesting scenery in the shape of the limestone
gorge of Troller’s Gill. According to legend, all sorts of evil creatures
including a monstrous black dog called Barghest live in this gorge but I was
unmolested when I walked through it! The gorge is not on an official
footpath route according to the OS map so it is often an eerily silent place
but walkers are catered for by stiles at the top. The going is rocky but not
difficult. It just takes a little care to avoid turning an ankle. This route
also provides for a very pretty walk alongside the River Wharfe.
walk in the Dales village of Burnsall. There is a car park although on quiet
days, it is possible to park on the main street by the river where there are
benches to sit and feed the ducks or put on boots.
Start: Turn right
over the road bridge and immediately over the bridge, turn right at a
fingerpost signposted Dalesway and Appletreewick. Walk across the pleasant
river meadow ignoring the request for pedestrians to pay 50p (this is a
public footpath) and follow the Dalesway along the very pretty riverside
path for about two miles until you reach a road near Howgill (SE 060593).
Turn left along the road.
Just past the old Weslyan Chapel (Chapel House), turn right through gated
stile on to footpath signposted Skyreholme (SE 061594). Keep to the higher
ground climbing gradually (do not go down to the stream).
Follow footpath to exit
into road at Howarth Farm (SE 064602). Cross a gated stile by a caravan park
and turn right.
At the next road junction
(where there is a bench for lunch!) turn left (SE 069607). Follow the road
around a right hand bend (where there is another bench) and just before the
entrance to Parceval Hall, turn left to follow the south west bank of
Skyreholme Beck (SE 068610).
Ignore the first path off
to the left to New Road (after 100 yards or so) and at the next junction,
fork right (SE 068617). The left fork is the easier broad public footpath
route shown on the OS map. The right fork is not shown but is clear enough.
and enter Trollers Gill. Skyreholme Beck obviously once used to flow trough
this gorge and was no doubt responsible for creating it but the beck now
emerges at the foot and the gorge itself is dry. [See footnote 1]. Follow Trollers Gill.
At the top of
the gorge is a ladder stile. Once over this, follow the valley. The beck
re-appears and you eventually come to a precarious looking single plank
bridge across it. Cross the bridge (SE 071623) and go through the gated
stile [see footnote 2] at the other side.
short steady climb now until the track splits. Take the right hand fork and
follow this to the road.
left on road. Ignore the first footpath on right. Take second where finger
post points to Hartlington one and three-quarter miles along a broad track
(SE 623620). It forks at a farm – take right fork.
At the next group of farm buildings, fork
right down the walled track (Kail Lane on OS map) (SE 049610). Cross over
the road you come to and after about 150 yards, turn right following the
Burnsall sign crossing a narrow single plank bridge.
1) - Although I have walked this gorge several times over the years and
never seen any water flowing through it, it was reported to me in 2019 that
after recent exceptionally heavy rains, the gorge had become an impassable
torrent. In these circumstances, play safe and do not attempt the gorge!
Footnote 2) - Since
doing this walk I am advised this gated stile has been replaced by a ladder
stile but I have not yet checked this out.
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