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Pennine Way Waymarker
 

Route No. 639 -
Thursday 22 September 2016
Gargrave, Pennine Way(S),
Leeds&Liverpool Canal,
Bank Newton Locks,
Gargrave circuit - 9km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.
 

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


Our parking spot in Church Street opposite At. Andrews Church
Our parking spot in Church Street opposite At. Andrews Church

Setting off along Church Street
Setting off along Church Street

Turning off Church Street along the Pennine Way route
Turning off Church Street along the Pennine Way route

Stile through the wall
Stile through the wall

The Pennine Way route is well signed with both finger posts and waymarkers of the kind shown above. After about 100m a finger post indicates that the Pennine Way route turns right along the access to some properties and then bears left over a stile to fenced path. The waterlogged area in the field on the left of the path is all that remains of a long forgotten moat.

This morning my wife & I made an early start and arrived in Gargrave a little after 9.00am. Parking in Gargrave is generally free and we found a good spot to park off the road opposite St Andrews Church in Church Street at map ref. SD 931 539. From our parking spot we set off southwards along Church Street following the route of the Pennine Way.

St. Andrews Church in Gargrave
St. Andrews Church in Gargrave

Finger post marking the Pennine Way
Finger post marking the Pennine Way

Fenced footpath along the field edge
Fenced footpath along the field edge

Pennine Way footpath across the fields
Pennine Way footpath across the fields

Gate onto the farm access track at the railway
Gate onto the farm access track at the railway

Lovely old beech tree by the farm access track
Lovely old beech tree by the farm access track

From the railway bridge we continued along the Pennine way route along the farm access track towards Scaleber farm. At map ref. SD 924 532, a few hundred metres before Scalebar farm, the Pennine Way route turns off the farm access track and continues in a southwesterly direction across the fields.

The fenced path took us to an open path across the fields climbing gently up to join a farm access track at a bridge over the railway.

Farm access track at the bridge over the railway
Farm access track at the bridge over the railway

Farm access track heading for Scalebar farm
Farm access track heading for Scalebar farm

Looking back towards Flasby Fell
Looking back towards Flasby Fell

The Pennine Way route turning off the farm access track near Scalebar farm
The Pennine Way route turning off the farm access track near Scalebar farm

The Pennine Way route across the fields
The Pennine Way route across the fields

The Pennine Way route across the fields
The Pennine Way route across the fields

Footpath across a beck heading towards Trenet Bridge
Footpath across a beck heading towards Trenet Bridge

Three fields further on the path crosses a stile to a lane at map ref. SD 914 517. The lane on the right leads also leads to Newton Grange Farm. I think it is well sign posted because it has a large complex of holiday accommodation.

As you'd expect of the Pennine Way the path is well worn and easy to follow. About 1km from the Scalebar farm access track, at map ref. SD 916 523, the path crosses another farm access track, this time to Newton Grange Farm with a prominent sign by the access track.

The Pennine Way route across the fields
The Pennine Way route across the fields

The Pennine Way route across the fields
The Pennine Way route across the fields

Heading down to the lane at Trenet Bridge
Heading down to the lane at Trenet Bridge

The lane across Trenet Bridge to the permissive path on the right up the bank to the canal
The lane across Trenet Bridge to the permissive path on the right up the bank to the canal

Start of the permissive path to the canal
Start of the permissive path to the canal

We turned right off the lane and followed this permissive path up a steep slope to the canal. We couldn't see the canal at all until we reached the top of the slope and we were suddenly on the canal tow path with lovely views along the canal. At the tow path we turned right and began the return leg of our walk along the tow path towards Gargrave.

Once over the stile onto the lane we turned left and crossed the bridge over an overgrown beck. Just across the bridge where the lane begins to climb up the hillside there is a fenced footpath on the right. This is a permissive path about 100m long that provides the vital link between the Pennine Way route and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal tow path.

Climbing up the permissive path to the canal
Climbing up the permissive path to the canal

Reaching the canal from the permissive path
Reaching the canal from the permissive path

Following the tow path towards Gargrave
Following the tow path towards Gargrave

Following the tow path by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towards Gargrave
Following the tow path by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towards Gargrave

There were canal boats moored at intervals along the canal
There were canal boats moored at intervals along the canal

Newton Bridge over the canal at Newton Grange Farm
Newton Bridge over the canal at Newton Grange Farm

About 200m beyond the bridge the two path led us onto a lane with trees between the lane and the canal. We walked along the lane for about 200m and then the lane turned sharp left to cross a bridge over the canal.

The canal is part way up the valley side and winds its way following the contour around the valley side. After about 1.5km we came to Newton Bridge over the canal at Newton Grange Farm.

Following the tow path towards Gargrave
Following the tow path towards Gargrave

The tow path joins the lane here at Newton Grange Farm
The tow path joins the lane here at Newton Grange Farm

Following the lane with the canal on our left
Following the lane with the canal on our left

Just over the bridge we turned left off the lane
Just over the bridge we turned left off the lane . . .

One of the series of locks at Bank Newton
One of the series of locks at Bank Newton

Full lock ready for boats to enter to go down the step
Full lock ready for boats to enter to go down the step

Beyond the locks the tow path came out onto the road and we walked along the road to a sharp right hand bend at map ref. SD 917 537. Here the road crossed Priest Holme Bridge over the canal.

Just across the bridge we turned left off the lane and followed a path down to the canal bank where we turned left following the tow path under the bridge, now with the canal on our right. We continued along the tow path passing a whole series of locks at Bank Newton spread out over about 600m of the canal.

We followed the path under the canal bridge
. . . and followed the path under the bridge

Closed lock gates allowing the lock to fill
Closed lock gates allowing the lock to fill

Open lock gate allowing boats to enter to go up the step
Open lock gate allowing boats to enter to go up the step

The old lock keeper's cottage at the bottom of the flight of locks at Bank Newton
The old lock keeper's cottage at the bottom of the flight of locks at Bank Newton

Turning right off the road just over Priest Holme Bridge
Turning right off the road just over Priest Holme Bridge

River Aire from the aqueduct carrying the canal over the river
River Aire from the aqueduct carrying the canal over the river

After about 150m we passed under a railway bridge and about 100m beyond the railway we came to another lock. It's very pleasant rolling countryside with lovely views all around as we continued along the tow path past Scarland Lock to yet another lock just before the canal crosses under the A65.

Just across the bridge we turned right off the road to follow a cobbled path curving down from the road to the canal tow path. We now walked along the tow path under Priest Holme Bridge with the canal now on our left.

The curved cobbled path from the road down to the tow path
The curved cobbled path from the road down to the tow path

Passing Scarland Lock
Passing Scarland Lock

Two narrow boats in the lock to go down the step and then under the A65
Two narrow boats in the lock to go down the step and then under the A65

The two narrow boats emerging from the lock
The two narrow boats emerging from the lock

The canal moorings at Gargrave
The canal moorings at Gargrave

I looked back as we reached the bridge under the A65 and the lower lock gates were being opened and the two narrow boats began to leave the lock. We continued along the tow path under the A65 and past the Gargrave boat moorings to a lock just before the bridge carrying West Street over the canal.

As we were nearing the A65 bridge, two canal narrow boats had just entered the lock heading towards Gargrave. As we passed the lock the water was emptying at quite a rate and we could see the boats lowering down into the lock.

Continuing along the tow path towards Gargrave
Continuing along the tow path towards Gargrave

Swan at the canal moorings hoping for tit-bits?
Swan at the canal moorings hoping for tit-bits?


Our turning from the canal into West Street

Heading down West Street into Gargrave
Heading down West Street into Gargrave

Gargrave Bridge carrying Church Street over the River Aire
Gargrave Bridge carrying Church Street over the River Aire

After our break we continued across High Street and into Church Street over Gargrave Bridge across the River Aire, still following the route of the Pennine Way. About 200m from High Street we came back to our parking spot in Church Street opposite St. Andrews Church and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 9km and it had taken us a little over 3 hours including our short lunch stop in the cafe.

The Pennine Way crosses the canal here and we turned right, away from the canal, and followed the Pennine Way route down West Street into Gargrave. There are a couple of car parks off West Street where we could have parked to Start & finish the walk. Just before we reached High Street, we called in a little cafe for a light lunch.

Crossing High Street to Gargrave Bridge
Crossing High Street to Gargrave Bridge

The River Aire seen from Gargrave Bridge
The River Aire seen from Gargrave Bridge

Returning to our parking spot opposite St Andrews church in Church Street at the end of our walk
Returning to our parking spot opposite St Andrews church in Church Street at the end of our walk

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