Grassington Sunday 29th March 2009

Today’s Walks

Strenuous Leader: Jackie Gudgeon     Distance: 11 miles

Through to the top of Grassington village to follow High Lane to Hebden. From here we climb along Hebden Gill, passing old mine workings, until we gain the limestone moors at Yarnbury. A walled track takes us to Bare House, where we drop down to the Dales Way and Conistone Dib (a rocky limestone gorge) which leads down to Conistone. We then climb again to Dib Scar and into Barstow Wood. Down through the attractive mixed woodland to come out onto the River Wharfe which we follow back to Grassington. A good varied walk through gritstone and limestone scenery, moorland, woodland and river bank.

Moderate Leader: Sue Daniels     Distance: 8 miles

A delightful climb out of Grassington and up onto the moors with extensive views all around. Easy walking along grassy paths and tracks before we drop down between limestone pavements and into a dramatic gorge known as Conistone Dib. From the picturesque hamlet of Conistone it’s easy walking along a minor road before reaching the River Wharfe. The final stretch is a joy as we meander beneath the trees and beside the river to end back in Grassington.

Leisurely Leader: Joan McGlinchey     Distance : approx 8 miles

We start our walk at a leisurely pace along the River Wharfe towards Burnsall, keeping eyes peeled for a kingfisher. Once we have crossed over the River Wharfe we start to make our way to Thorpe. After a short while – there are tables/benches by the river, where hopefully we can stop for lunch. Just after lunch we enter the village of Thorpe. There is a pub that we pass, and providing that you are willing to take your boots off you may be able to use the toilets (we decided that was too high a price to pay on the recce). From Thorpe we cross over fields until we come to Linton. From Linton we make our way back to Grassington taking in the Linton Falls,
Once at Grassington, a welcome tea/scones or a pint will be more than appreciated.

Additional Leisurely, Leader: Derek Lee     Distance: 7 miles

We leave Grassington westwards to the villages of Threshfields and Skirethorns, then climb steadily over Linton Moor before dropping down for a break in Linton village, then returning to Grassington along the river. No steep hills, and around 700 feet of ascent spread over 3 stages.

Easy Leader: Phil Walker     Distance: 4.5 miles

When ready to proceed we will gather on the cobbled square and set off towards Cove Lane which will lead us to Grass Wood Nature Reserve. The history of the wood goes back to the Iron age. The wood is now managed by Yorkshire wildlife trust and previous plantings of commercial conifers have been removed allowing the natural woodland to regenerate, which consists mainly of Ash and some Hazel coppice. The wood is also home to a small herd of Roe Deer. We exit the wood onto Grass Wood Lane for a short distance before dropping down to walk along the River Wharfe past Ghaistrills Strid and back to Grassington, with a short detour to Linton Falls. The scenery all along the river is lovely. Depending on the weather, lunch will either be in the woods or preferably along the river bank.