Grassington to Kilnsey Circular
Start at Grassington carpark - depart at the rear of the carpark and following Sedber Lane a walled path down to Linton Falls. Cross the bridge taking time to look at the Falls. Carry straight on to the side of the new dwellings built on the site of the mill to emerge on Church Lane. Bear right then the follow the road to Linton Village crossing the main Grassington to Burnsall road. In the village cross the stream and immediately turn right along Well Lane, a track. Do not turn off this. Cross the former railway line. Eventually cross the main Grassington to Skipton Road to reach Moor lane immediately on the other side. Follow this for 1/2 m mile or so the tarmac eventually running out passing the turning for Grysdale lane enroute.
At a gate take the right hand track proceeding due West, crossing Threshfield Moor and remains of old coal workings. The track climbs slightly uphill becoming a path for the last 250m until meeting a wall (ignore other tracks along the way).Turn right following the wall for a short way and then into an enclosed track. Follow the track for 1/4 mile and look for a gate on the left (just before the track turns to the right). Passing through the gate cross the field diagonally and through a further gate, through another gate eventually emerging at the track towards Bordley House Farm.
Turn right along track and continue through a ford until reaching Bordley House Farm. Turn right in front of the house and follow the farm road over a hill. At a bend and dip in the road (near walls) turn left (effectively straight on) along the path in valley bottom until Mastiles Lane is reached. Turn right along Mastiles Lane and follow towards Kilnsey. As the road approaches the quarry look for a path branching off to the right, This provides a useful cut off to reach Conistone unless a visit to Kilnsey is desired
At Kilnsey turn right along the main road for some 400m and then turn left towards Conistone passing over the river bridge enroute. In Conistone turn right along the road for 100m and look for a path on the left. Departing the road, well marked path climbs slightly uphill through a gate to round the corner into a spectacular dry ravine. The path crosses the ravine higher up and there are now two alternatives.
Either turn right into the Bastow Wood - route finding can be difficult - the intention is to emerge at the far side of the wood through a gate to rejoin main path. Alternatively, avoid the wood and keep to main path passing the location of a medieval village over several stiles. Approaching above Grassington bear left to the rear of the large farm shed to meet the enclose track. Pass through a gate and turn right. On meeting the road tune left and proceed to the end of the road turning right into Grassington main street and square. Turn left at the end of the main street to reach the carpark.
The walk could be shortened by catching the bus from Kilnsey back to Grassington.
This page was last updated on 25-Feb-2018
©John Carey 2009