to Appletreewick (via Thorpe)
point and OS Grid reference:
village – main pay and display car park (SE 003638)
Explorer OL2 – Yorkshire Dales, Southern and Western
Distance: 11 miles
see text for 6.6 or 4.4 mile options)
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- depending on option (see text)
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This walk from Grassington to
Appletreewick goes via the hamlet of Thorpe and village of Burnsall and
provides as much interest from the places it visits as well as the lovely
views en route.
It is a versatile walk in that if you do not
want to picnic, there are good pubs where food and excellent real ale can be
purchased at all places (except Thorpe).There are also permutations of
distance, in that sections can be treated as separate walks. The most
obvious options are:
Full walk as described – 11 miles;
Walk from Grassington to Burnsall and return to start direct
from Burnsall along the river Wharfe – 6.6 miles;
Walk from Burnsall to Appletreewick (circular) – 4.4 miles.
The walk starts from the main car park in
Grassington. To get there, follow the B6265 north from Skipton and turn
north east at Thresfield. The road turns sharp right at the entrance to the
village and the car park is after 100 yards or so on the right. It is hardly
worth trying to park in the village itself as it gets quite busy especially
in peak season and parking is limited. The village is very picturesque, with
its quaint cobbled market square and is worth a visit.
En route, notable sights are Linton Falls,
the hamlet of Thorpe, which seems untouched by time, Burnsall with its
impressive bridge over the river Wharfe and Mock Beggar Hall at
Appletreewick, a house dating from the 15th century (with later
additions) and originally a monastic grange belonging to Bolton Priory. You
also cross the narrow Hebden suspension bridge, a somewhat interesting
With your back to the Yorkshire Dales National Park centre in the car park
(SE 003638), walk across the car park,
bearing left, until you come to the footpath going right, down to Linton
Falls. Cross the falls by the bridge and turn right then left at the old
packhorse bridge (do not cross it). On reaching the road turn left.
If you want to visit Linton Church, this can
be visited by following this road for a few hundred yards to its end.
Otherwise, watch out for a footpath on the right (SE
003632) indicated by a sign on the side of a house stating "B6161 via
Stickhaw ½ mile" and "Linton Camp ¼ mile". After 50 yards,
turn right by the sign “Linton via B6160”. On reaching the road, turn
right and at the fork, go left.
About 300 yards from the junction, take the
footpath on the left indicated by a fingerpost for “Thorpe Lane ½
mile”, “Threapland 2¾ miles” and “B6160”
The path goes straight through the farmyard
and enters a large field. Head for a spot about half way along the opposite
wall and join a broad track through a walkers’ gate. Turn left. You pass a
fingerpost for Threapland but do not go in that direction. You soon pass
another fingerpost pointing in your direction of travel to Thorpe.
Pass and ignore a track on the left which
just goes into a field.
At the top of a slope, enter a large field
and follow the left hand boundary to a gate next to which is a gated stile.
Through this, head towards the left hand side of the trees straight ahead.
At the top of the field, a few yards left of
an old barn, go over a gated stile and turn left on Thorpe Lane (SE 005621).
You arrive at a ‘T’ junction (SE 013620).
Turn right into the hamlet of Thorpe. Turn left at the fork in the road (SE
013618) and climb the hill out of the hamlet. As it bends sharp left (SE
015619), take the track on the right signposted “Burnsall 1¼ miles”.
It starts off as a stony track then turns
grassy, after turning a sharp right hand bend. Shortly afterwards, take the
Go through a walkers’ gate and follow the
line of the trees. As the end of the trees, follow the wall round to the
left crossing a stream via a plank.
The path, which is easy to follow, then
crosses a series of gated stiles and a couple of stone tracks before
arriving in Burnsall. Turn right and follow the road round to the bridge
over the river Wharfe.
To return to Grassington (Route 2, the 6.6
mile option), do not cross the river bridge but turn left to follow the left
hand bank of the river back. You cross Hebden suspension bridge then follow
the right hand bank to Linton Falls, then turn right, back to the car park.
To continue the full walk (or if just doing
the Burnsall/Appletreewick option – park at Burnsall) cross the river
bridge and after about 100 yards, turn right to follow the Dalesway footpath
signposted for “Appletreewick 1 mile” and “Howgill 2 miles” (SE
Note that the wide curving track on the
right, to the river, should be ignored. You want the grassy path bearing
left. The path soon joins the river. Follow its bank until you reach a path
on the left indicated by a fingerpost for “Appletreewick” (SE 047600),
which runs alongside a campsite. Take this path and on reaching the road,
turn right into the village.
Pass Mock Beggar Hall then, after passing the
church of St John the Baptist, turn left, following the fingerpost for
“New Road ½ mile” and “Dibbles Bridge 2 miles”
As the track bends left, keep straight ahead
in the direction of Dibbles Bridge. The walled track opens into a field and
goes through a gateway into a second field. Bear left here and as you draw
level with the rear of the barn, look over to the left where there is a
stone stile. Cross this and turn right.
Head for another stile in the top corner of
the field. Over this, follow the footpath signposted “Hartlington”.
There are three gates out of the next field. Between
the left two, is a stone stile with a yellow topped post (SE 058609). Cross
this and turn left, following the wall on the left. There are good views in
all directions along here.
When you reach a broad track, basically go
straight ahead to a metal gate, where there is a fingerpost indicating the
route as “bridleway”. Stay on the main track ignoring any turns off.
When the track forks, the left hand fork
going to a farm, keep right. Follow the track (Kail Lane on the OS map) to
the road (SE 041608). Take the track opposite. As you reach a farm, turn
right (there is a fingerpost indicating left to Appletreewick and right to
Burnsall. Cross a long narrow timber bridge. At the river turn right,
retracing your steps back to Burnsall.
From Burnsall, follow the left hand bank back
for about a mile then after crossing over Hebden suspension bridge, follow
the right hand bank back to Linton Falls where you turn right back to
Grassington. En route note the fine Linton Church seen from across the river.
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