A walk in Wharfedale from Grassington
6 miles – A couple of steep sections from Hebden, ending with a good downhill stretch back into Grassington, offering nice views, country lanes and a glimpse of the area’s industrial past.
Start at Grassington. From the square at the top of Grassington’s main street, facing the building with the clock tower, take the higher of the two roads to the right. Between cottages, you’ll see a street sign for High Lane with a finger post pointing the way to Hebden.
Follow this sign along a country lane affording splendid views of Upper Wharfedale, to eventually arrive at the village of Hebden .
Arrive at the B6265 road in the village and turn left. After the Clarendon Hotel and immediately before the bridge, take the left turn and follow the lane past cottages and with the river to your right. The lane climbs and then drops down to the hamlet of Hole Bottom, now mostly converted to holiday cottages. Go through the gate and cross the river. The path now climbs, alongside the river and through a landscape scarred by the area’s lead mining past.
At a fork of tracks, take the left (minor) track to follow the beck for around 70 yards to arrive at stepping stones. Cross them and turn right. Go through a gate and continue with the beck on the right. The path turns into a gravel track, and passes a mine tunnel before starting to sweep left uphill. Follow the track as it climbs to reach a gate on the right. Go through this and pass through the open air museum which is the Grassington Lead mining trail, to arrive at a road by the couple of houses which make up the hamlet of Yarnbury.
Follow the road left with fantastic views opening up before you. The small lane passes an isolated farm and begins to descend back into Grassington where the walk started.