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The track from Bottom Hole following Hebden Beck upstream
The track from Bottom Hole following Hebden Beck upstream

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Route No.534 - Saturday 1 March 2014
Grassington, Hebden(via High Lane),
Hebden Beck, Yarnbury circuit - 11km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


The Visitor Centre and car park in Grassington
The Visitor Centre and car park in Grassington

Alleyway from Hardy Meadows to Scar Street
Alleyway from Hardy Meadows to Scar Street

Our turning from Scar Street into Low Lane
Our turning from Scar Street into Low Lane

Here we turned left off the road to follow a pedestrian alleyway between the houses that led us to a narrow street called Scar Street. We walked along the street between the old stone houses for about 300m to a junction at map ref. SE003641. At the junction we turned sharp right doubling back along Low Lane for about 50m where we turned left off Low Lane to begin a gentle climb along High Lane.

This morning my wife and I met a few friends at the visitor centre car park in Grassington, map ref. SE002637. We had struck lucky yet again with the weather which was fine and bright with a few dark clouds passing quickly by on the breeze. From the car park we walked out to the B6255 road next to the visitor centre and crossed the road at the zebra crossing. We turned right for a few metres and then left into 'Hardy Meadows' to walk up through a small housing estate for about 120m.

Walking along Scar Street
Walking along Scar Street

High Lane leaving Grassington
High Lane leaving Grassington

Our turning from Low Lane on to High Lane as we set off from Grassington
Our turning from Low Lane on to High Lane as we set off from Grassington

Start of the field path at the end of the walled track
Start of the field path at the end of the walled track

Approaching the Grassington Park Estate Meadows
Approaching the Grassington Park Estate Meadows

Paved path across the Grassington Park Estate meadows
Paved path across the Grassington Park Estate meadows

The upper part of the site was formerly the Grassington TB Sanitarium, but the land has been used for hay meadows for a long time probably several centuries. The fields are at their best in July when the wild flowers are blooming and then set seed before the hay is cut.

For the first 700m High Lane is a stony walled track. It then becomes a path across the fields which were very wet and muddy after all the rain of the last few months. After about 500m across the muddy fields we came to the edge of the Grassington Park Estate Meadows at map ref. SE014635.

There were many stiles along the field path
There were many stiles along the field path

Part of the Grassington Park Estate
Part of the Grassington Park Estate

Leaving the Grassington Park Estate Meadows
Leaving the Grassington Park Estate Meadows

Heading for Hebden along the field path from Grassington Park Estate
Heading for Hebden along the field path from Grassington Park Estate

The field path heading for Hebden
The field path heading for Hebden

The final approach to Hebden was along a walled track
The final approach to Hebden was along a walled track

The bridge carries the B6265 over Hebden Beck. At the junction we turned left along a lane called High Green that follows the beck upstream.

From the hay meadows we continued across the fields for another 600m to the main road (B6265) at Hebden. At the road we turned left to walk along the road for about 150m to a road junction just before Hedben Bridge.

As we neared Hebden the path was paved
As we neared Hebden the path was paved

Our turning off the B6265 to the lane called High Green
Our turning off the B6265 to the lane called High Green

Looking down from the B6265 road bridge to the old Hebden Bridge over Hebden Beck
Looking down from the B6265 road bridge to the old Hebden Bridge over Hebden Beck

Walking along High Green next to Hebden Beck
Walking along High Green next to Hebden Beck

Turning off High Green to see Nanny Spout
Turning off High Green to see Nanny Spout

There was a public footpath across the field so we made a short diversion to the bank of the beck for a closer look at the falls and then returned to the lane to continue our progress along the valley.

About 300m from the junction there was a waterfall, called 'Nanny Spout', on Hebden Beck that we could see across a field on our right.

Walking along High Green next to Hebden Beck
Walking along High Green next to Hebden Beck

Nanny Spout waterfall on Hebden Beck
Nanny Spout waterfall on Hebden Beck

Nanny Spout waterfall on Hebden Beck
Nanny Spout waterfall on Hebden Beck

Approaching Bottom Hole along the High Green lane
Approaching Hole Bottom along the High Green lane

Track following Hebden Beck up the valley
Track following Hebden Beck up the valley

Track following Hebden Beck up the valley
Track following Hebden Beck up the valley

It's a very pretty little valley here with rocky outcrops up the valley sides and the distinctive orangey colour of last year's bracken amongst the rocks. About 1.5km from Bottom Hole we stopped for some lunch on a grassy bank overlooking the beck and the remains of the old lead mining industry on the western side of the valley.

About 900m from the road junction in Hebden we came to the hamlet of 'Hole Bottom'. The lane turns sharp left here but our route continues straight ahead past a row of holiday cottages and across an old stone arch bridge to follow a track up the valley alongside the beck.

Old stone arch bridge on the track from Bottom Hole
Old stone arch bridge on the track from Hole Bottom

Track following Hebden Beck up the valley
Track following Hebden Beck up the valley

Looking back down the valley of Hebden Beck
Looking back down the valley of Hebden Beck

Looking upstream from our lunch stop towards the old lead mine workings
Looking upstream from our lunch stop towards the old lead mine workings

Derelict building from the lead mining era
Derelict building from the lead mining era

Track climbing up through the old lead mine workings
Track climbing up through the old lead mine workings

Approaching the buildings by the road at Yarnbury
Approaching the buildings by the road at Yarnbury

About 1km from the beck we came to the road (map ref. SE014658) at Yarnbury. There's an easy short cut from here down the road for about 1.8km back into Grassington and two of our group decided to go back to Grassington that way. We met them later at a cafe in Grassington.

After our lunch break we crossed to the western side of the beck and continued along a track bending round to our left (west) and climbing up the valley side through the remains of the old lead workings. There are information boards along the way about the lead mining and the processing of the ore on this site.

Track climbing up through the old lead mine workings
Track climbing up through the old lead mine workings

Track climbing up through the old lead mine workings
Track climbing up through the old lead mine workings

Setting out along the path from the farm at Yarnbury
Setting out along the path from the farm at Yarnbury

Looking back from the track to the farm at Yarnbury
Looking back from the track to the farm at Yarnbury

Following the walled track from Yarnbury
Following the walled track from Yarnbury

Ladder stile at a corner in the wall
Ladder stile at a corner in the wall

Through the gate there are two old derelict buildings in the fields ahead on the left. The one nearest the track in 'High Barn' and a couple of small fields away from the track is 'Bare House' farm. From the gate we followed the track for about 100m and then turned left across some rough grassland for about 70m to a ladder stile at a corner in the wall.

At Yarnbury the rest of us crossed the road and took the public footpath opposite past the farm and across the field to a walled track at map ref. SE013660. At the track we turned left and followed the walled track for about 700m to map ref. SE010667. Here the track goes through a gate and continues across open grassland.

Following the walled track from Yarnbury
Following the walled track from Yarnbury

Path from the ladder stile across the limestone grassland
Path from the ladder stile across the limestone grassland

Gate from the walled track to an open track across the grassland
Gate from the walled track to an open track across the grassland

Typical high stone step stile
Typical high stone step stile

Path across the limestone grassland
Path across the limestone grassland

Following the track down to Grassington
Following the track down to Grassington

We called in a cafe near the bottom of the village street for coffee before heading for the visitor centre car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 11km and it had taken us a little over four hours including our lunch stop in the spring sunshine.

From the stile we followed the path across the limestone grassland over numerous high stiles for about 2.7km back to the main street in Grassington. All the way down the hillside there were lovely views of the limestone country in this part of Wharfedale.

Many high stiles ahead as we dropped down into Wharfedale
Many high stiles ahead as we dropped down into Wharfedale

The edge of the last part of the descent into Grassington
The edge of the last part of the descent into Grassington

Dropping down to the track at the edge of Grassington
Dropping down to the track at the edge of Grassington

At the end of our walk it was a very rapid transision from the high limestone grassland  . . .
At the end of our walk it was a very rapid transition from the high limestone grassland . . .

. . . back to the village streets of Grassington
. . . back to the village streets of Grassington.

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