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Kilnsey Crag seen from Grass Wood
Kilnsey Crag seen from Grass Wood

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Route No. 622 - Thursday 19 May 2016
Grassington, Linton Falls, River Wharfe,
Grass Wood, Dales Way circuit - 8km
Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


Leaving the visitor centre car park to join Sedber Lane
Leaving the visitor centre car park to join Sedber Lane

National Park way-mark for this route
National Park way-mark for this route

There is a similar walk on the Yorkshire Dales Web site at http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/
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walk-grass-woods.pdf

Sedber Lane heading for Linton Falls
Sedber Lane heading for Linton Falls

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the visitor centre car park at Grassington in Wharfedale (map ref. SE 002 637). The weather was fine but rather cloudy as we set off from the car park following a path down to the southern corner of the car park and out onto Sedber Lane. This is a narrow walled path leading down to the River Wharfe at Linton Falls.

Sedber Lane going to Linton Falls
Sedber Lane going to Linton Falls

Stile off Sedber Lane to the river bank
Stile off Sedber Lane to the river bank

Start of the path along the River Wharfe heading upstream along the river bank from Linton Falls
Start of the path along the River Wharfe heading upstream along the river bank from Linton Falls

Long diagonal weir across the River Wharfe
Long diagonal weir across the River Wharfe

Heading for the B6265 along the riverside path
Heading for the B6265 along the riverside path

There were several anglers setting up their gear along the river bank upstream of the long diagonal weir across the river. After about 500m we came to the B6265 where it crosses the River Wharfe between Grassington and Threshfield. We crossed the road and continued along the footpath following the river upstream.

There is a good view of the Linton Falls from the footbridge across the river, but our route today does not cross the footbridge. Instead just before we reached the bridge we turned right off the walled path to follow a footpath across the fields along the river bank heading upstream.

Mill on the River Wharfe
Mill on the River Wharfe

Gate to the B6265 from the riverside path
Gate to the B6265 from the riverside path

The B6265 road bridge across the River Wharfe between Grassington and Threshfield
The B6265 road bridge across the River Wharfe between Grassington and Threshfield

Path from the B6265 back down to the riverside path
Path from the B6265 back down to the riverside path

Riverside path heading for Ghaistrill's Strid
Riverside path heading for Ghaistrill's Strid

The River Wharfe just below Ghaistrill's Strid
The River Wharfe just below Ghaistrill's Strid

From Ghaistrill's Strid we continued along the river bank for almost another kilometer. The river bank here was wooded, full of all the lovely shades of Spring green as the trees were coming into leaf.

Upstream of Grassington it's a pretty stretch of river and after about 1km from the road (B6265) we came to Ghaistrill's Strid. Here the river flows fast and deep (& dangerous) through a narrow channel in the limestone rock.

Following the River Wharfe upstream
Following the River Wharfe upstream

Pied Wagtail feeding along the edge of the river
Pied Wagtail feeding along the edge of the river

Part of he rocky channel of Ghaistrill's Strid
Part of he rocky channel of Ghaistrill's Strid

The rocky channel of Ghaistrill's Strid on the River Wharfe
The rocky channel of Ghaistrill's Strid on the River Wharfe

Riverside path upstream of Ghaistrill's Strid
Riverside path upstream of Ghaistrill's Strid

Start of the path from the river up to Grass Wood
Start of the path from the river up to Grass Wood

Looking downstream from the top of the bank
Looking downstream from the top of the bank

Crossing the road to the entrance to Grass Wood
Crossing the road to the entrance to Grass Wood

Directly across the road in an entrance to Grass Wood, managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We entered Grass Wood and followed the track to our left around the edge of the wood above the road.

At map ref. SD 985 650 the path turns away from the river and climbs steeply up the bank for about 100m to a minor road at map ref. SD 985 651.

Riverside path upstream of Ghaistrill's Strid
Riverside path upstream of Ghaistrill's Strid

Footpath up the bank from the River Wharfe
Footpath up the bank from the River Wharfe

Gate off the road into Grass Wood
Gate off the road into Grass Wood

Start of the woodland path leading to the NW corner of Grass Wood
Start of the woodland path leading to the NW corner of Grass Wood

Woodland path to the NW corner of Grass Wood
Woodland path to the NW corner of Grass Wood

Primroses by the path
Primroses by the path


Log stacks after recent felling operations

We turned right and walked along this broad track climbing up the northern edge of Grass wood. As we gained a little height there was a lovely view up Wharfedale from the edge of the wood to Kilnsey Crag and beyond.

After about 700m we came to the wide track entering the wood from the north western corner at map ref. SD 981 657. There were stacks of logs by the track here from the recent forestry operations.

Woodland path to the NW corner of Grass Wood
Woodland path to the NW corner of Grass Wood

Joining the track at the NW corner of Grass Wood
Joining the track at the NW corner of Grass Wood

Primroses by the path
Primroses by the path

The view from Grass Wood looking up Wharfedale to Kilnsey Crag & beyond
The view from Grass Wood looking up Wharfedale to Kilnsey Crag & beyond

The woodland path to Grassington
The woodland path to Grassington

The woodland path to Grassington
The woodland path to Grassington

All the way there had been drifts of bluebells between the trees and now that we were a little higher up the valley side the were patches of yellow primroses amongst the bluebells.

After about 350m the track turned right and a narrow footpath continued straight ahead. We followed the track around to our right and headed southwards through the wood.

Violets by the path
Violets by the path

The woodland path to Grassington
The woodland path to Grassington

Bluebells in the woodland
Bluebells in the woodland

Dropping down to Park Stile along the woodland path
Dropping down to Park Stile along the woodland path

Dropping down to Park Stile along the woodland path
Dropping down to Park Stile along the woodland path

The track straight ahead lead eventually to Grassington and we continued straight ahead along this track for another kilometer to the edge of the wood at Park Stile, map ref. SD 995 650.

We came to a finger post that showed the path to our left climbing up to Bastow Wood, a path to our right leading to the site of an iron age fort, called Fort Gregory.

Dropping down to Park Stile along the woodland path
Dropping down to Park Stile along the woodland path

Approaching Park Stile along the woodland path
Approaching Park Stile along the woodland path

Leaving Grass Wood at Park Stile
Leaving Grass Wood at Park Stile

Cracoe Moor seen from Park Stile
Cracoe Moor seen from Park Stile

The start of Cove Lane
The start of Cove Lane

The walled track called Cove Lane
The walled track called Cove Lane

We continued along Cove Lane for a few hundred metres to a sharp right hand bend in the lane. On the outside of the bend we left the lane and climbed up some steps to a stile into a field.

From Park Stile there was a footpath across the fields to a walled track called Cove Lane. Across the fields to our left there was the entrance to a large cave in the limestone scar about 150m away. The cave is called Cove Hole (and is also known as Fairy Hole or Tom Lee's Cave).

The field path heading for Cove Lane
The field path heading for Cove Lane

The mouth of Cove Hole seen from Cove Lane
The mouth of Cove Hole seen from Cove Lane

Traditional stone barn by Cove Lane
Traditional stone barn by Cove Lane

Stile above Cove Lane leading to the field path
Stile above Cove Lane leading to the field path

One of the stiles by-passing Town Head Farm
One of the stiles by-passing Town Head Farm

Joining Bank Lane from the field path
Joining Bank Lane from the field path

The path led us to a walled track called Bank Lane over looking Town Head Farm & we followed this lane to Chapel Street.

From the stile we followed the route of the public footpath across the field and then through a series of stiles going around a large dairy farm called Town Head Farm, on the edge of Grassington.

One of the stiles by-passing Town Head Farm
One of the stiles by-passing Town Head Farm

Following Bank Lane above Town Head Farm
Following Bank Lane above Town Head Farm

Walking along Chapel Street into Grassington
Walking along Chapel Street into Grassington

Looking up Main Street in Grassington
Looking up Main Street in Grassington

The whole walk had been about 11km and it had taken me almost four hours to walk including lots of photo stops and a refreshment stop on a comfortable log in Grass Wood.

We followed Chapel Street into Grassington and walked down Main Street to Hebden Road (the B6265), which we followed back to the visitor centre car park on the right hand side of the road.

Our turning off Hebden Road into the visitor centre
Our turning off Hebden Road into the visitor centre

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Visitor Centre and car park at Grassington
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Visitor Centre and car park at Grassington

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