Dalesway: Bolton Abbey to Grassington

Walk 6 - Bolton Abbey to Grassington- an easy riverside walk with no hills - 10.5 miles linear - 5 hours - can be undertaken in either direction depending on bus services -Back to Lower Wharfedale

Bolton Abbey Linton Falls

This is a simple walk that demands little description - If starting from Bolton Abbey walk towards Grassington for 100m or so and then turn right through a gap in the wall to descend to the Abbey. Passing the Abbey cross the footbridge crossing the River Wharfe and proceed along the right hand bank. The path leaves the river and climbs slightly crossing a footbridge near a ford and regaining the river near to Cavendish Pavilion. Passing the wooden bridge at Cavendish Pavilion continue along the path. This joins the minor road for a short while and then back to the path. This clings to the river before passing through woods. The Strid will come into view through a clearing. Continue onwards. The path descend to leave the woodland and passes the aqueduct taking water from Scar House in Nidderdale. Now in open fields the path proceeds to Barden Bridge.

Aqueduct Barden Bridge
Red Lion Burnsall River Wharfe near Burnsall
Hebden Suspension Bridge River Wharfe near Linton

Join the road for 50m and then back on to the riverside path. This makes a slight detour at Howgill to cross a stream. Back on the path there is an opportunity for a detour off the path to Appletreewick.The going is easy and soon Burns will be reached with the pub and two cafes. Crossing the road bridge now follow the left hand bank through a limestone gorge. The path transfers to the right hand bank at Hebden suspension bridge. There follows an easy walk on the level. The path leaves the river and joins a farm track. However bear left at a stile and regain the river bank for the last stretch to Linton Falls. After a visit to the falls proceed up Sedberg Lane to reach Grassington carpark and the bus shelter.

There are many amenities in Grassington including several pubs and cafes. The buses to Ilkley and Skipton leave from the car park.

Linton Falls  

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site no responsibility can be taken for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.

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This page was last updated on 14-May-2020


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