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: 6.8 miles
Date of Walk: 19 November 2010
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a really easy and popular walk following the River Wharfe and returning
through some lovely Dales scenery. There are various cafes and pubs in
Grassington where refreshments can be obtained. A map is not even really
necessary although really, one should always be carried.
the 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.
to the river and turn left to the stone bridge. Follow the footpath beyond
the bridge along the left hand side of the river. You will soon pass through a dramatic
limestone “gorge” (SE 030618).
the river until you reach the suspension bridge below Hebden (SE 026624).
Cross over it carefully as it is narrow and has low sides. Once over the river,
turn left and continue to follow the river. As the path meets a sharp bend
in the river, across the river you will see the picturesque Linton Church.
There are some stepping stones across the river should you wish to inspect
the church more closely but only attempt this at very low river levels. If
you go across, return after seeing the church.
footpath now turns right (north) away from the river for a short distance,
passing a fish farm. Just beyond here, a finger-post points left and takes
you back to the river again. Follow the riverside path until you come to the
footbridge at Linton where it is worth stopping to inspect Linton Falls (SE
001633). Especially after heavy rain, these can be very dramatic.
right at the bridge and follow the narrow, walled footpath. At the road turn
left into Grassington then right towards the market square. At the top of
the market square, take the left road (Main Street) and walk up the hill. As
you reach the village hall, turn right on to Garrs Lane with the triangle of
land used for parking on your right. Shortly beyond here, fork left on to
High Lane. High Lane becomes a stony walled track and Hebden is signed. Take
now a case of following this track until it runs out and becomes a footpath.
Continue straight ahead following the obvious track to Hebden. You will pass
through Grassington Park Estate Meadows where a notice board explains about
the site being designated of Special Scientific Interest and the site of the
former Grassington Hospital. Through the trees across a driveway and over
the stone flags across the fields the route passes through some more trees
and continues to Hebden. The route is easy to follow and is more or less
straight ahead all the way.
arrive at the road close to a bus depot and more or less opposite the car
park for the Clarendon Hotel (SE 024631). Turn left.
Just past the Clarendon
Hotel itself, take the road on the right. Walk past the post office on the
right and the old school on the left. Just past the old school in the wall
on the left is an iron kissing gate. Go through this.
down to the beck and turn right to follow the footpath alongside it. You
will pass to the right of the start of the fish farm but then pass just to
the left of the main fish farm buildings. This part of the path is a narrow
footpath indicated by a finger post and you do not want the broad
track on the left.
footpath comes out on the road at a cluster of houses. Turn right and a few
yards later turn left at the finger post down to Hebden Suspension Bridge
which you crossed on the outward journey. Cross the bridge and turn left to
return to Burnsall.
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