Skirethorns Circular Grassington via Grass Wood

We’ve been to the Wharfdale Caravan and Motorhome site just outside the market town of Grassington many times and been on walks all over the area, but we had never turned left at the bridge over the River Wharfe at the entrance to Grassington, probably because there wasn’t a pub until we got back to Grassington. Anyhow on a recent visit we turned left and followed the river for a while before turning into  Grass Wood and back towards Grassington. The walk is relatively easy with only one real climb up through Grass Wood and then it’s mostly down hill into Grassington and a few well deserved pints and a spot of late lunch. The walk: –

Distance 7.34 miles (11.81km) Time Approximately 2 hours 37 minutes (no pub stops, but what’s the point doing it?)

Elevation Lowest 536.75ft (163.60m) Highest 915.68 (279.09m)

Total Accent 1000.48ft (305.09m)

Elevation Over Walk

Paths A mix of field paths, tracks, gravel paths, back lanes and tarmac paths.

Landscape River views, rich farmland and wood land

Suggested OS Map OL2 Explorer 1:25,000 scale Map of Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area

Dog Friendliness Many areas its suggested dogs are kept on a lead, as many of the fields have sheep in them and lambs at lambing time, there’s no restriction in Grass Wood and all the pubs mentioned on this walk are dog friendly, like most are in the surrounding area.

Public Toilets There are no public toilet directly on the route other than the toilets found in the various pubs that this walk passes by,  however there are toilets is just outside Grassing center at the main car park, turn left at the Barclays Bank and they are about 200 yards on the right hand side of the road.

(1) From the Wharfdale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site exit through the gate at bottom of the site and follow the path to Skirethorns Lane and turn left (2)

(2) Proceed down Skirethorns Lane to the end of the Lane (3) where it meets the B6160.

(3) Cross the road and go through the metal farm gate (4).

(4) Follow the farm track (the track can be very muddy at times) down past the row of houses on the left to Wharfeside Avenue (5)

(5) At the junction of Wharfeside Avenue, turn right and follow the road the B6265 Station Road (6).

(6) Turn left down Station Road, cross the bridge over the River Wharfe to (7).

(7) Go through the gate and follow the path down to the riverside, keep on this path following the river to (8).

(8) Turn right here and follow the path up through the woods to (9).

(9) At this point you can exit  onto Grass Wood Lane and turn left and follow the lane to (11) or you can follow the woodland path to (10). Grass Wood Lane is usually very quiet.

(10) Exit on to Grass Wood Lane and turn left following the lane to the entrance to Grass Wood (11). Grass Wood is an ancient woodland of 88 ha and noted as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 19955 for upland broadleaved woodland..

(11) Follow the path up through the woodlands (this is the only steep bit on this walk) to (12).

(12) Keeping to the path through the woodland until you come to open fields and Cove Lane (13).

(13) Follow Cove Lane until you come to the junction with Bull Ing Lane (14).

(14) At Bull Ing Lane turn left to Highcroft (15).

(15) At Highcroft turn right, which becomes Chapel Street, keep on Chapel Street until the edge of the town centre (16).

(16) Turn right down Main Street, here you will find  a number of pubs and places to eat, a favorite of ours is The Black Horse , just of the The Square, there’s also The Devonshire Hotel on the Main Street, which is also not bad and to keep these places going and alive it’s a must to try a beer or few and maybe have a bite to eat.

(17) At the bottom of Main Street you turn right back down to the river, if you need the loo turn left the public toilets mentioned above are about 200 yards on the right.

(18) You are back at where you joined the river path cross the bridge and sticking to Station Road, follow it to the top (19).

(19) These steps are obviously optional, turning left take you to the Old Hall Inn, alternatively turn right and head back to the Whafedale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site.

(20) If you decided to have a look at the Old Hall Inn and maybe try a few drinks or so? When you leave turn left and proceed up the road to Skirethorns Lane (21).

(21) Turn left down Skirethorns Lane to you get to the entrance of Caravan and Motorhome Club Site (22).

(22) Follow the track back to where you started.