Sunday, 12 February 2017

Photos taken on the Grassington Walks

Photos taken by Ray on the C Walk:

Photos taken by John on the C walk:

Some photos from the B Walk:

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Our first walk of the season will be on

Saturday 11th March 2017

and will be from 


The small Market Town that feels like a Village
There's nothing quite like a Yorkshire Dales village! In Grassington we have everything that comes to mind when you imagine a typical village: stunning views, beautiful stone buildings, quirky shops and friendly pubs; however there is so much more to Grassington than meets the eye.

A haven for outdoor activities

Not by accident is Grassington one of Wharfedale's most popular villages and a convenient walking base for exploring Wharfedale and Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is a haven for outdoor pursuits including horse riding, fly fishing on the River Wharfe and of course moorland and riverside walking, while the nearby show caves of Stump Cross Caverns offer underground adventure.

 There will be 3 walks;

Details below;

Friday, 10 February 2017

A Walk from Grassington 2017

Walk Leader: Peter Hitchcock
Walk Distance: 11 miles
Total Ascent/Descent:1500ft

'A' Linear Route
Welcome to the first major walk of the new season – and what an opener there is in store for you to whet the whistle for future 2017 walks!!

PLEASE CARRY ON TO THE COACH AT FORMBY ALL YOUR KIT as we shall be alighting at Rylstone village (of alleged “Calendar Girls” fame), some 5 miles short of Grassington.
We set off from this picturesque village, with its archetypal duck pond and snowdrop covered embankments, past the Grade II listed St. Peter’s Church built in 1852/3. The walk then heads south on level ground paralleling the ridge atop which you will see our first milestone – Rylstone Cross – more of the educational bit when we’re there. After 2kms we turn east to climb the ridge but via an easy-access gully requiring only a 200m climb from road level. Virtually no more climbing after that; how lucky can you get so soon in the year!! Once at the top, a 20-min round trip will enable you to soak up the views from the Cross itself. Then, we progress anti-clockwise around the top of the grouse-filled moor to Upper Barden reservoir – for lunch. The walk continues northwards along good hard track until we reach a ‘shooting-house’ [sorry, no cucumber sandwiches or champagne today] from which we start our descent down the north-side of the moor, through Thorpe onto Linton and its very welcoming pub, where we shall stop for our refreshments instead of Grassington. A final 15 min walk to the coach then follows crossing the River Wharfe en-route.

At just over 11 miles (18 kms) it is by no means an arduous walk; quite the opposite, with fantastic views and dozens of grouse for company. But, it will be muddy rather than boggy in parts and, if there is a wind, quite open to the elements so please come prepared. 

B Walk from Grassington 2017

Walk Leader: Jennifer Mathias
Walk Distance: 8 miles
Total Ascent/Descent:1070ft
'B' Route Anti Clockwise

Leaving the car park on Sedber Lane we drop down to the bridge at Linton Falls. (It was roaring when we did the recce.)

Then turn toward Linton Church which is well worth a visit. An ancient site with many architectural styles. It is still used each Sunday for worship. We climb steadily through fields onto a road and then to the lovely village of Thorpe set in a hollow. It was covered in snowdrops as we walked through. We then head east to another village Burnsall across the fields and styles too many to count! Then we cross the River Wharfe before climbing up onto Burnsall Lane, (with wonderful views of the river ). After some more road walking we head up a farm track and up into Hebden. Continuing north across the road to Grassington we climb a little to Hole Bottom, then up to High Garnshaw House. Here we turn south and head back towards Grassington along Edge Lane then across the fields to High Lane and into the village where we walk down to the car park and can chose where we have our drink before the journey home.

This is a good walk which will also prove to be a good work out! but note that on the recce

it was very wet underfoot and slippery, gaiters would be a good idea and don't forget a change of clothes.