Skirethorns Circular via Grassington and Linton – Yorkshire Dales
This is one of our favourite walks from Wharfdale Caravan Club site and not too difficult, it takes in a few very nice pubs, provides the ability to have a mooch around the various shops in Grassington and also stop for a bite in one of the many eating establishments in Grassington, the walk: –
Distance 8.25 miles (13.27km) Time Approximately 3 hours (no pub stops)
Elevation Lowest 490.81ft (149.51m) Highest 995.73ft (303.49m)
Total Ascent 943.90ft (287.70m)
Elevation Over Walk
Paths A mix of field paths, tracks and paths; may be muddy along the river bank and through the fields.
Landscape Rich farmland and moorland, wide views across the valley and the surrounding hills.
Suggested OS Map OL2 – Explorer 1:25,000 scale – Map of Yorkshire Dales – Southern & Western Area
Dog Friendliness Many areas it’s suggested dogs are kept on a lead, as many of the fields have sheep in them and lambs at lambing time, however the majority of the pubs in and around the area are dog friendly.
Public Toilets There are public toilets at Linton Falls across from the village houses next to the car park map reference 8.
(1) From the Wharfdale Caravan Club Site exit through the gate at bottom of the site and follow the path to Skirethorns Lane and turn left an proceed to the B6160 and then turn right.
(2) Cross the road and go through the metal farm gate and follow the track (the track can be very muddy at times) down past the row of houses and turn right on to Wharfeside Avenue at the end of the lane turn left on to the B6265 Station Road, follow this road down the hill and over the River Wharfe and then up the hill into the centre of the village of Grassington (3).
(3) Whilst in Grassington it’s well worth a look round and browse through the many shops. From the center of the village proceed up Main Street and onto Moor Lane, continue up the hill until the Royal Oak Furniture is coming up on your left, just before the entrance turn right on to the track Edge Lane (4).
(4) Proceed along Edge Lane for about ¾ mile until the track starts to turn left (5).
(5) Climb over the stile on the right and cross the fields down into Hebden (6)
(6) Hebden a small village in the Craven district with a church, a chapel, a hotel and public house, a tea room, a community hall, a small general store associated with the pub, and is well served by buses. From the Clarendon Hotel (after trying one or two of their finest ales) cross the road and proceed along Main Street, which will join Mill Lane at the bottom of the hill (7),
(7) Go through the gate on the right to the river path and turn right and follow the river side path until you reach Linton Falls (8).
(8) At Linton falls cross the bridge and follow the narrow path up to the road and turn left, follow the road past the row of houses on the left and the public toilets on the right. Just before the next house on the rights take the path up the side of the house for about 20 yards then go through the gate on the right. Walk up the side the field, make sure you go right here and don’t follow the path that bares left. At the top of the field you arrive at the B6160 and turn right. After about 20 yards take the left fork in the road to Linton (9).
(9) Linton is a small village, with a population of just 176, the green of this small, picturesque village is set among a fine Vanbrugh Almshouse, a pub and three stone bridges over its beck. The pub the Fountaine Inn is an idyllic Inn, perhaps the most beautiful setting in the Yorkshire dales, offering great dining, with cosy snug and roaring log fires, low ceilings and a true welcome. Fine food is served all day, every day, making the Fountaine an ideal walking destination towards the end of this 8 mile walk. Once you leave the pub head to the main bridge on the left looking from the pub before crossing the bridge there is a path to the left which runs briefly alongside the river then bares left, keep on this path, until it comes to open fields, cross the first field and go over the disused railway bridge, then follow the path across the next fields until you reach the B6265 Tarns Lane (10).
(10) Turn right. Cross the bridge and proceed up the hill until you reach the Old Hall Inn at Threshfield (11).
(11) Threshfield is a small village in the Craven District, with a population of just 968, the village as a pub the Old Hall Inn. The Old Hall a Georgian inn which takes its name from the 14th century hall at the rear, which was built by monks and reputedly the oldest inhabited building in Wharfdale. In the 16th century, Threshfield was part of a huge deer park. From the Old Hall Inn after sampling a few fine ales proceed up Main Street until Skirethorns Lane and turn left back towards the Caravan Club site.