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Turning right on to Thorpe Lane with the top of Elbolton Hill, one of the Reef Knolls, straight ahead
Turning right on to Thorpe Lane with the top of Elbolton Hill, one of the Reef Knolls, straight ahead

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Route No. 750 - Thursday 22 November 2018
Grassington, Linton Falls, Thorpe Lane, Linton,
Threshfield, Sedber Lane circuit - 7km
Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Areas


The start of our walk at the National Park Visitor Centre at Grassington
The start of our walk at the National Park Visitor Centre at Grassington

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Gate out of the car park to join Sedber Lane
Gate out of the car park to join Sedber Lane

Linton Falls downstream of the footbridge
Linton Falls downstream of the footbridge

We left the car park from the southeast corner and joined Sedber Lane, a walled path leading down the hillside to the River Wharfe at Linton Falls. There had been a good deal of rain recently and the river was quite high flowing over the long weir and down the rocky falls under the footbridge across the river.

The weather today was overcast and gloomy with drizzle and likely to stay like that all day. My friend, Jim, and I drove out to the National Park Visitor centre at Grassington in Wharfedale and parked there at map ref. SE 002 637. The drizzle had stopped and despite the lack of any break in the dark clouds it turned out to be quite a good day for a walk.

Following Sedber Lane down to Linton Falls
Following Sedber Lane down to Linton Falls

The long weir across the River Wharfe above Linton Falls
The long weir across the River Wharfe above Linton Falls

Approaching the footbridge over the River Wharfe at Linton Falls
Approaching the footbridge over the River Wharfe at Linton Falls

Footpath past the houses at Linton Falls
Footpath past the houses at Linton Falls

Animal drinking trough by the car park at Linton Falls
Animal drinking trough by the car park at Linton Falls

We walked along the lane past a car park with an animal drinking trough and public toilets on the right hand side.

We crossed the footbridge over the River Wharfe and followed the path out past the houses and up some steps to the lane where we turned left.

Footpath up the steps to the lane at Linton Falls
Footpath up the steps to the lane at Linton Falls

Public toilets in the car park at Linton Falls
Public toilets in the car park at Linton Falls

Turning right off the lane on to the path up to the B6160
Turning right off the lane on to the path up to the B6160

Walled path from the lane up to the fields
Walled path from the lane up to the fields

Path across the fields to the B6160
Path across the fields to the B6160

Another squeeze stile on the path across the fields to the B6160
Another squeeze stile on the path across the fields to the B6160

Through the stile we continued along the edge of the field past a stone barn on our right. Beyond the barn we followed the path across a large field with the River Wharfe below us to our left. After two more stone squeeze stiles we reached the road, B6160 at map ref. SE 007 626.

About 100m beyond this car park we turned right off the lane to follow a walled track bending round to our left and climbing up to a pedestrian gate next to a steel field gate. Through the little gate we followed a clear path diagonally across the field climbing up the hillside to a tight stone squeeze stile.

Gate from the walled path into the fields
Gate from the walled path into the fields

Church of St. Michael & All Angels, Linton by the R. Wharfe
Church of St. Michael & All Angels, Linton by the R. Wharfe

Another squeeze stile on the path across the fields to the B6160
Another squeeze stile on the path across the fields to the B6160

We turned right from this gateway on to the B6160
We turned right from this gateway on to the B6160

We crossed the road to the bridleway opposite
We crossed the road to the bridleway opposite

Gateway in the top left hand corner of the field
Gateway in the top left hand corner of the field

The walled bridleway climbing up to Thorpe Lane
The walled bridleway climbing up to Thorpe Lane

From the point where the wall bent to our right we headed diagonally across the field to a gate in the top left hand corner of the field. Through the gate we headed across the next field to a bridleway gate in the wall to a walled bridleway still climbing up the hillside. We walked along this walled track for about 300m to a road called Thorpe Lane.

At the road we turned right and crossed the road to turn left through a field gate to a public bridleway opposite. There was no clear path on the ground but we followed the route of the bridleway next to the wall on our right for about 100m to the point where the wall bent to our right.

Turning off the B6160 to follow the bridleway
Turning off the B6160 to follow the bridleway

Gate on to the walled bridleway to Thorpe Lane
Gate on to the walled bridleway to Thorpe Lane

The walled bridleway climbing up to Thorpe Lane
The walled bridleway climbing up to Thorpe Lane

Nearing Thorpe Lane along the walled bridleway with the top of Elbolton Hill on the right
Nearing Thorpe Lane along the walled bridleway with the top of Elbolton Hill on the right


We turned right and walked aong Thorpe Lane for about 100m
We turned right and walked along Thorpe Lane for about 100m

Following the wall down to the woodland on our left
Following the wall down to the woodland on our left

Ahead there was a small block of woodland on our left and as we came to the end of the woodland the path dropped down the hillside across the middle of a large field. At the bottom of the field there was a field gate and a stile next to it with a spring-loaded gate.

Straight ahead there was the top of Elbolton Hill, one of a series of Reef Knolls in this part of Wharfedale. At Thorpe Lane we turned right and walked along the lane for about 100m to a finger post at a stile on our right. We crossed the stile and followed the public footpath across the field with a wall on our left.

Turning right off Thorpe Lane to the footpath down to Linton
Turning right off Thorpe Lane to the footpath down to Linton

From the woodland the path crossed a large field
From the woodland the path crossed a large field

At the bottom of the field we crossed this gated stile to the farm track beyond
At the bottom of the field we crossed this gated stile to the farm track beyond

Following the farm track towards Linton villag
Following the farm track towards Linton village

By-passing the farm on a path along the edge of the fields
By-passing the farm on a path along the edge of the fields

Following the farm access road out to a lane into Linton
Following the farm access road out to a lane into Linton

The path used to go through the farmyard but now, just before the gate we turned right to follow the diverted public footpath as it by-passed the farm and led us out to a lane into Linton village.

From here the path became a farm access track next to the wall on our right. We continued along this track to the edge of Linton village. Here there was a gate across the track and the track continued into a farmyard.

Turning right off the track to by-pass the farm
Turning right off the track to by-pass the farm

By-passing the farm on a path along the edge of the fields
By-passing the farm on a path along the edge of the fields

Following the lane into Linton village
Following the lane into Linton village

Pack Horse bridge over Linton Beck next to the village green
Pack Horse bridge over Linton Beck next to the village green

Crossing Linton Beck on the B6265 road bridge
Crossing Linton Beck on the B6265 road bridge

Following the track out of Linton with the beck on our right
Following the track out of Linton with the beck on our right

Following the track out of Linton with the beck on our right
Following the track out of Linton with the beck on our right

About 400m along the track from the road bridge, we came to a gate into a field next to a finger post indicating that here the path forked. The left hand fork headed across the field to a bridge over the disused railway that we could see about 100m to our left. Our route followed the right hand fork across the field towards a small block of woodland with the disused railway on our left.

It is a very pretty village with Linton Beck running across the village green and a lovely pack horse bridge over the beck. We walked through the village to the B6265 where we turned left to cross the beck on the road bridge. Immediately across the bridge we turned right off the road to follow a public footpath along a track next to the beck. We followed the track out of the village heading towards the route of a disused railway.

Our left turn off the B6265 just over the bridge
Our left turn off the B6265 just over the bridge

Following the track out of Linton with the beck on our right
Following the track out of Linton with the beck on our right

Through this gate the path forked
Through this gate the path forked . . .

We took the right hand fork in the path
. . . We took the right hand fork in the path

In the woodland the path became a fenced track
In the woodland the path became a fenced track

Heading towards Ings Beck and to the trees beyond
Heading towards Ings Beck and to the trees beyond

After about 200m we came to the beck at the edge of the field and crossed the beck on a stone slab bridge to a pedestrian gate into the next field. We followed the path across this field to a stand of beech trees in the corner of the field next to a road.

After we reached the woodland the path became a fenced track next to the foot of the railway embankment and we continued along this track. We followed the track as it turned left to pass under an old railway bridge and then head out across the field towards Ings Beck

The track turned to our left under an old railway bridge
The track turned to our left under an old railway bridge

Stone slab bridge over Ings Beck
Stone slab bridge over Ings Beck

Path through the beech trees to the B6160
Path through the beech trees to the B6160

Gated stile on to the B6160
Gated stile on to the B6160

The bridleway crosses a bridge over an old railway cutting
The bridleway crosses a bridge over an old railway cutting

From the old railway bridge we continued down the hillside along a farm track next to the wall on our right to Threshfield Primary School to the left of the track at the bottom of the slope next to a road.

We continued along the path through the trees to a gated stile onto the road, B6160. We turned right and crossed the road to join a bridleway opposite. We walked along the bridleway across the field to a bridge over the disused railway.

Turning off the B6160 on to a bridleway down towards the river
Turning off the B6160 on to a bridleway down towards the river

Track by the wall to the road at Threshfield Primary School
Track by the wall to the road at Threshfield Primary School

Track to the road at Threshfiels Primary School
Track to the road at Threshfield Primary School

Walking along the road towards the junction with the B6265
Walking along the road towards the junction with the B6265

Nearing the junction with the B6265
Nearing the junction with the B6265

At the B6265 we turned right and walked along the footway on the left hand side of the road to cross the River Wharfe on the road bridge.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 400m to the B6265. As we neared the main road we could see the River Wharfe below us to our right.

Walking along the road towards the junction with the B6265
Walking along the road towards the junction with the B6265

Crossing the B6265 road bridge over the River Wharfe
Crossing the B6265 road bridge over the River Wharfe

About to turn right off the B6265 at the bend
About to turn right off the B6265 at the bend

Path to the River Wharfe from the B6265
Path to the River Wharfe from the B6265

Looking back to the B6265 road bridge over the River Wharfe
Looking back to the B6265 road bridge over the River Wharfe

Gate yo Sedber Lane by Linton Falls
Gate to Sedber Lane by Linton Falls

The two box shaped structures each houses a large diameter Archimedean screw that is turned by the flow of the river water to produce electricity. We continued along the river bank past the long weir upstream of Linton Falls back to Sedber Lane. At Sedber Lane we turned left and followed the walled path along Sedber Lane back up to the car park at the visitor centre and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 7km and it had taken me almost two and a half hours to walk.

From the bridge the road climbed up towards Grassington and about 100m from the bridge it turned to the right. At the bend we crossed the road to a pedestrian gate opposite leading to a public footpath along the bank of the River Wharfe. We walked along this path with the river on our left past the weir and the hydro electric scheme in the old building at the end of the weir.

Riverside path from the B6265 to Linton Falls
Riverside path from the B6265 to Linton Falls

Hydro-electric scheme at the end of the wier
Hydro-electric scheme at the end of the weir

Sedber Lane heading back to the car park
Sedber Lane heading back to the car park

Gate back into the car park and the end of our walk
Gate back into the car park and the end of our walk

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