Wharfedale – Kilnsey and Mastilles Lane

A Walk in Wharfedale from Kilnsey

5 miles- some steep up and down hill walking on good tracks, with some fantastic views from a legendary Dales lane.

Start at Kilnsey. Take the left had turn by the Tennant Arms and follow the lane up through the village. You can park your car just past the cattle grid as the road climbs above the village.

Follow the lane as it climbs higher with amazing views down the valley behind you. Don’t deviate from the main track , which eventually descends to a fork in the track at a junction of walls with some sheep pens. To the right Mastilles Lane stretches to the horizon, this is your return route.

Take the left fork and follow a sometimes ill defined path up the moor, towards the left. You should pass a stone sheep fold to aim for a finger post by a stone wall. Follow this down the slope towards Malham Moor Lane. At the lane turn right and follow it to its conclusion where it becomes a rough track. Follow this track to reach another cross track. This is Mastilles Lane, an ancient Roman Road and legendary pack horse route.

Turn right, and follow the lane uphill –a steep climb in places. Eventually reach the brow of the hill with views across the valley stretching before you. It’s now a downhill route back to the fork in the path you encountered earlier. Re-trace your steps back to the start point.

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