Sunday 22nd November 2009 - Grassington

On Sunday, 22 November our walks are based on the village of Grassington in the South Yorkshire Dales.

The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt.   We will go directly to Grassington where all walks begin and end, and where there are toilet facilities in the Car Park and later, plenty of ‘post-walk’ refreshments.    
We aim to leave by 5.00pm, at the latest, and should be back in Formby between 7.00 and 7.30pm, traffic permitting.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 12.5 miles
Ascent: 1260 ft
Carole Scurr
Bob Scurr

A superb circular walk taking in the best of the local history and limestone scenery. Whilst this is a longish walk, ascents are gradual and it is mostly on broad grassy lanes and tracks.
Starting in Grassington we walk out of the village in a roughly easterly direction following High Lane and Edge Lane until we make a brief descent to Hole Bottom (no tittering at the back please!).
Here we enter the lovely valley of Hebden Gill and follow the stream up to the old industrial area of Grassington Lead  Mines.
Here we have a fascinating walk through part of the old mining area (follow link if you want to see some piccies and get some info beforehand). – there are a number of helpful information boards as we walk through
Reaching the settlement of Yarnbury, we head north-westerly via lanes and fields to Kelber and then go into Highgate Leys Lane which we follow down until we meet the Dales Way.
The section back along the Dales way to Grassington is one of the best sections of that trail – following a delightful grassy track through classic limestone scenery (including the famous Conistone Pie) with views over Littondale and Kilnsey.
The walk finishes in Grassington where there are ample pubs, cafes and shops for all tastes.




‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 10 miles
Ascent: 1500 ft
David Purdy
Glennis Poole

As with all good walks we start by going downhill from the car park to cross the River Wharfe at Linton Falls.
A short walk on minor lanes brings us to the pretty village of Linton and then footpaths take us NW to reach Skirethorns.
Climbing gradually up through the caravan site and via Height House we arrive at Malham Moor Lane which we cross over and then traverse Malham Moor on a good grassy path, descending to a junction with Mastiles Lane.
This stony path is followed down towards Kilnsey and Conistone Bridge where we recross the River Wharfe.
From Conistone there is a gradual climb around Grass Wood to join the Dales Way for the final mile back into Grassington. (Members with good memories will realise this walk is almost the reverse of our January 2005 walk!!)

‘B’ Walk
Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 950 ft
Janet Purdy
Ray Webb

After walking through Grassington we join our route near Bank Laithe and gradually gain height on grassy paths towards Kimpergill Hill.
We cross a number of walls but the stiles are well maintained and don’t present any problems.
The views open up around us and eventually we arrive at Bare House and High Barn.
We follow a sheltered track to Yarnbury where we loop round Old Moor Lane and Dukes New Road to get a view of the old lead mine chimney before dropping down to Hebden Beck.
After following the beck to Hebden village (where we could visit the ‘Old School House Tea Room’) we take a pleasant footpath to the Suspension Bridge and walk back along the river to Grassington.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 7 miles.
Ascent: 720 ft
Barry Whitby

Peter Houghton

Leaving the coach we head towards the River Wharfe which we then follow downstream for a short distance.
Leaving the river we make our way through a series of small fields to the pretty village of Hebden. We now take a quiet lane which passes a small waterfall up to Hole Bottom.
A well-defined track now allows us to climb steadily alongside Hebden Brook up to Loss Gill Bank.
Turning westwards we reach an area scarred by mine workings and at the Duke’s New Road track we take a footpath across fields to Moor Lane.
At this point we start to make our way back by skirting the western side of Grassington and returning via the river.
This circular walk offers many fine views but does include a number of stiles.