Grassington

April 18th 2010.
 
Alan’s ramblings.
 
The club enjoiyed a fine day out at Grassington with three great walks.
But for me , the day started out as a disaster. It has never happenned before, but today, I forgot to bring my camera.
I was lost.
As we walked across the bridge over the river, I kept saying "click" to myself as I weighed up the lighting and the angles.
Eventually Maureen came to the rescue and lent me her camera. However I have no images to download and put on the website.
So, step forward you photographers.
If you have got images from yesterday and would like to see them on the website, please send them to me and I will see what I can do.
 
Here are the route descriptions for the three walks.
 
‘A’ Walk:  Grassington
Distance 11 miles
Highest point: 510 m
Cumulative height climbed: 510 m
Leader: David Lewis.
 
This is a circular walk that we haven’t done in the club before. It starts and finishes at the National Car Park just outside Grassington, and takes in Thorpe Fell and Cracoe Fell. There are good tracks throughout, and foll,owing the recent dry spell, no muddy bits.
First of all we head south and cross the River Wharfe at Linton Falls. Avoiding the busy B6265, we take the quiet route into attractive Linton village, and then cross the fields to Thorpe village.
We now start a steady climb on to Thorpe Fell where there is much evidence of former lead mining activity. Following the crest of the Fell for a couple of miles we reach the top of Cracoe Fell and its war-memorial obelisk.
A descent acoss open moorland takes us down to a track that leads into Cracoe village. We then head north along field paths back to Linton where we will have the opportunity of calling at the picturesque Fountaine Inn. ( Yes, if we are ahead of time, we can have a swift half)
Only another mile and a half to go and we are back in Grassington car-park, from where a 5 minute walk into the village leads to numerous tea-shops and a choice of pubs.
 
‘B’ walk
Distance 8 miles.
Leader: Barbara McMorran
 
Today’s walk is a fairly easy stroll on lanes, field paths and a river walk.
We first visit Linton Falls – look for the mill race which supplied power to Linton Mill until 1959.
Then into linton one of the prettiest villages in the Dales with old cottages and a green with Fountaine Hospital designed by Vangrugh.
From Linton we skirt Elbolton Hill to reach the hidden village of Thorpe where the locals hid from the Scots in the Middle Ages. We may have time for lunch in the triangular village green. Read about the maypole !!!!!
From Thgorpe we cross fields to Burnsall –  ice cream possibilities here.
From Burnsall we follow the dales way to Grassington.
This is not a typical Barbara walk – no hills, no moors !!!
Enjoy.
 
 
‘C’ walk
Distance:  7 miles
Terraine; Undulating. Total ascent approx 215 metres.
Leader – Doreen Humter.
 
The first section of this walk follows the Dales Way, along grassy tracks across fields and moorland. The climb is mainly in this part of the route, but it is not too steep, and we will take it at a steady pace. There are a number of well constructed stiles which will give us the opportunity to catch our breath.
We then descend along Conistone Dib, a very scenic gorge, which narrows down gradually until the final 200  yards, where the path become steeper and narrower over stones and rocks before the gorge opens out at the village of Conistone.
We then walk along a quiet country lane, with lovely viewd over the River Wharfe on our right, then down to the path which rund beside the river through woodland and fields, past the rapids called Ghastrill’s Strid and back towards Grassington.
We cross the main road into the village and follow the footpath to Linton Falls, and then to the car park where we can change our boots before heading into the village for the essential cup of tea.
 
Thanks to David, Barbara and Doreen for giving me these route descriptions and of course for leading the walks ( Alan )
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