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Looking across Wharfedale from the track leaving Top Moorside Farm
Looking across Wharfedale from the track leaving Top Moorside Farm

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Route No. 757 - Thursday 17 January 2019
Askwith, Brick House, Top Moorside Farm,
Whin Hill Farm, Scales House Farm, Hall Lane circuit
5km - Lower Wharfedale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley


Turning left from the village street in Askwith on to Moor Lane at the start of our walk
Turning left from the village street in Askwith on to Moor Lane at the start of our walk

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Leaving our parking spot to turn left up Moor Lane
Leaving our parking spot to turn left up Moor Lane

Walking up Moor Lane out of Askwith
Walking up Moor Lane out of Askwith

We kept to the left hand fork in the lane
We kept to the left hand fork in the lane

From our parking spot we walked along the village street to the junction with Askwith Lane and turned left to walk up Askwith Lane towards the village hall. We climbed up Askwith Lane for about 650m to a fork in the road. Here we took the left hand fork along Moorside Lane. After about 300m the lane bent westwards and straight ahead there was an access track to Brick House farm. This track is called Hobb Nook Lane.

The weather today was just perfect for a walk. It was a cold crisp winter day with clear blue sky and full bright sunshine. My neighbour, Jim, and I drove out to the village of Askwith in Wharfedale about half way between Otley and Ilkley on the north side of the River Wharfe opposite Burley-in-Wharfedale. We parked on the road side on the village street in Askwith about 50m west of the road junction with Askwith Lane at map ref. SE 168 482.

Walking up Moor Lane out of Askwith
Walking up Moor Lane out of Askwith

Walking up Moor Lane out of Askwith
Walking up Moor Lane out of Askwith

Moorside Lane heading up towards Brick House
Moorside Lane heading up towards Brick House


Looking across Wharfedale from the bend in Moorside Lane


At the bend in Moorside Lane we kept straight on to Brick House along Hobb Nook Lane

Nearing Brick House along Hobb Nook Lane
Nearing Brick House along Hobb Nook Lane

Track around the wood from Brick House
Track around the wood from Brick House

We followed the path along the edge of the field next to the wood to another iron gate into the next field. We passed through the gate and crossed the corner of the field and then walked alongside the boundary wall on our left. Over the wall there was a fine view across the fields to the moorland on the far side of Wharfedale.

We continued along Hobb Nook Lane to Brick House farm. The track continued between the side of the farm buildings on our right and some woodland on our left to an iron gate into the fields. Through the gate we turned left around the corner of the woodland. Below us on our left there were five bee hives on wooden pallets.

Following Hobb Nook Lane towards Brick House
Following Hobb Nook Lane towards Brick House

Gate into the field from Brick House
Gate into the field from Brick House

Path across the field corner to walk next to the wall ahead
Path across the field corner to walk next to the wall ahead

Looking across Wharfedale from the path by the wall above Brick House
Looking across Wharfedale from the path by the wall above Brick House

Following the path by the wall to the corner of the wood ahead
Following the path by the wall to the corner of the wood ahead

Nearing the corner of the wood
Nearing the corner of the wood

Following the farm track round the corner of the wood
Following the farm track round the corner of the wood

Through the gate we turned right and then left following the public footpath along a farm access track around the corner of the wood. We continued along the farm track past the end of the wood climbing up a small rise for about 80m. From the top of the rise we could see the farm track ahead going along the field edge towards Top Moorside Farm about 300m away.

We followed the stone wall at the edge of the field to a gateway where a flock of sheep had gathered feeding on a round bale of hay held inside a galvanised steel frame. From this gateway we followed the path across the middle of the field to a gate at the corner of some woodland ahead.

Sheep feeding at a round bale of hay
Sheep feeding at a round bale of hay

Gate on to a farm track at the corner of the wood
Gate on to a farm track at the corner of the wood

The short rise past the wood towards Top Moorside Farm
The short rise past the wood towards Top Moorside Farm . . .

Farm track heading to Top Moorside Farm from the top of the rise
. . . farm track heading to Top Moorside Farm from the top of the rise

Path heading diagonally across the field to the farm
Path heading diagonally across the field to the farm

Muscovy ducks at Top Moorside Farm
Muscovy ducks at Top Moorside Farm

Beyond these outbuildings we turned left and followed the track southwards along the edge of the farmyard. At the bottom of the yard there was a gate straight ahead and a gate on our right. Whilst we were deciding which way we should go the farmer called across the yard that the route down to Askwith was through the gate to our right, a very helpful intervention.

As we passed through the last gateway before the farm there was an old waymark post in the field by the track indicating that the public footpath crossed the field diagonally and then crossed the farm yard at Top Moorside Farm. We walked between the sheds where numerous groups of calves were housed.

Nearing Top Moorside Farm from the field path
Nearing Top Moorside Farm from the field path

Crossing the farmyard at Top Moorside Farm
Crossing the farmyard at Top Moorside Farm

Gate to the grassy track from the bottom right hand corner SW, of the farmyard at Top Moorside Farm
Gate to the grassy track from the bottom right hand corner SW, of the farmyard at Top Moorside Farm

There was a good view to our left from this track
There was a good view to our left from this track, see header

Following the track past Whin Hill Farm
Following the track past Whin Hill Farm

At Whin Hill Farm all the buildings seemed to have been converted into holiday cottages. We continued following the public footpath along the track passing Whin Hill Farm on our left. Beyond the farm the track was climbing gently and about 100m beyond the farm the track turned left at the top of the rise with a fine view over Ilkley and the moors above the town.

We passed through the gate on our right from Top Moorside Farm and followed a grassy track next to the wall on our left. Over the wall there was a very pleasant view across the fields with sheep lying in the bright low winter sunshine. A little further on we glimpsed a pond below through the trees on our left just before we came to Whin Hill Farm.

Reaching Whin Hill Farm
Reaching Whin Hill Farm

Nearing a left hand bend in the track just beyond Whinn Hill Farm
Left hand bend in the track just beyond Whin Hill Farm . . .

view over Ilkley from the track at the bend
. . . view over Ilkley from the track at the bend

Following the track down to Scales House Farm
Following the track down to Scales House Farm

Following the track down to Scales House Farm
Following the track down to Scales House Farm

The track passed the farm on our right and beyond the farm the track became a narrow public road called Hall Lane.

We continued following the public footpath along the farm access track down along the edge of the fields for about 1km to Scales House Farm.

Sheep on the track down to Scales House Farm
Sheep on the track down to Scales House Farm

Following the track down to Scales House Farm
Following the track down to Scales House Farm

Woodland by the public road about 250m past Scales House Farm
Woodland by the public road, Hall Lane, about 250m past Scales House Farm

Following Hall Lane down to Askwith
Following Hall Lane down to Askwith

Following Hall Lane down to Askwith
Following Hall Lane down to Askwith

Following the road back through Askwith
Following the road back through Askwith

From the pub we walked along the village street back to our parking spot and the end of our walk The whole route had been just a little over 5km and it had taken us about two hours to walk in the bright winter sunshine. A very pleasant way to spend the morning.

From Scales House farm it was a very pleasant walk along Hall Lane for about another 1km dropping down to the road at the western end of Askwith. At the road we turned left and walked along the road up past the Askwith Arms pub.

Free range hens by Hall Lane
Free range hens by Hall Lane

We turned left here to walk back through Askwith
We turned left here to walk back through Askwith

Renovation work in progress at the Askwith Arms
Renovation work in progress at the Askwith Arms

Returning to our parking spot on the village street in Askwith at the end of our walk
Returning to our parking spot on the village street in Askwith at the end of our walk

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