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5th November 2017

Coach Trip to Grassington

Grassington is a market town in the Craven District of North Yorkshire and lies within the Yorkshire Dale National Park.  Famous for its lead mining industry that reached its peak in the nineteenth centry. The area north of Grassington is potmarked with old bell pits used to extract the lead ore before smelting at one of the many sites. 

A Walk  Leader.   Tony Culverhouse

­­­We alight the coach in Grassington and head north to the farmstead of Yarnbury (1200ft).  The route now heads east on a track passing through the old lead mine workings and then follows the brook down into the village of Hebden.  We next travel along field paths and lanes to reach the village of Burnsall and the picturesque Burnsall Bridge.  The route now follow the River Wharf north, along part of the Dales Way to reach the ”Hidden Village“ of Thorpe via bridleways and field paths. Our route also visits the village of Litton, before climbing up onto Threshfield Moor (1100ft) and down to Skirethorns and then along paths to our sixth village, Theshfield. Finally field paths take us back to the National Park Centre in Grassington.  This walk does not involve rock scrambling as at Hathersage!

B Walk ​​Leader  Paul Brown        Moderate​​      9 miles

Starting frcom Rylstone we walk to Hetton then follow a good track northwards for about 1½ miles bringing us above Winterburn Reservoir. We then continue northwards, cross Boss Moor Lane and Boss Moor, then  walk eastwards crossing Threshfield Moor to reach Skirethorns.  After crossing the B6265 road, and then the former Grassington railway (closed 1930) on a stone arch footbridge, we walk to the lovely village of  Linton and then on to Linton Church. We cross the River Wharfe by footbridge at Linton Falls then join Sedber Lane to walk uphill to reach the car/coach park at the Yorkshire Dales National Park visitor centre. Some interesting things to see along the route and hopefully good views of Upper Wharfedale. Please note the moorland crossings are wet and muddy.

C Walk Leader Barbara Sharples 8 miles Moderate/Strenuous with a few easy stiles

The walk starts in Grassington at the main coach park.  We walk to the market square with its attractive buildings and cobbled streets and enjoy a walk along an ancient track between dry-stone walls up on to the moors via the Dales Way towards Kettlewell.  As we join the delightful grassy paths stunning views open up all around us and eventually we pass a lime kiln.  Gradually we descend to the village of Conistone, a very attractive hamlet with a small green surrounded by seventeenth century houses, and lunch, but not before negotiating a short, rocky scramble down into a gorge, which is a sheer delight with huge overhanging limestone walls. We turn left for a short stretch along a minor road.  We soon enter Grass Wood and then join Lower Grass Wood.  The next section is easy as we follow the line of the River Wharfe to Linton Falls passing Ghaistrill's Strid, where the river forces its way between the rocks in a most dramatic way. At Linton Falls we make our way up to the coach park.

D Walk​​ Leader.   Hannah Rose​​​    6.5 miles​​     Easy

From coach park walk through Grassington to the top of the  village and take High Lane to Hebden.  We go down Hebden Gill to cross the River Wharfe at the suspension bridge. Then ascend the Postman’s Steps and on to the lovely villages of Thorpe and Linton. Back down to the weir and take the riverbank path back into Grassington.

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:20  Padiham : Town Hall

08:22. Padiham : Whitegates

08:25. Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:30. Burnley : Bus Station

08:35. Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40  Brierfield : Town Hall

08:45. Nelson : Bus Station

08:50  Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:55  Colne : Crown Hotel

09:00  Colne : Library

09:05  Colne : Alkincoates

09:10 Barrowford : Heritage Centre

09:20 Gisburn : White Bull