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DALES WAY 5

Our autumn/winter programme takes us from the shores of Windermere into the Yorkshire Dales, following the 79 miles long trail of the Dales Way with the occasional deviation onto the Dales High Way, and the Pennine Bridleway. We omitted Leg 4 as we were unable to recce it in advance, but this has been rescheduled for May.

A WALK: Buckden to Grassington, 10.8 miles, 770 ft ascent
We start in the pretty village of Buckden, following the twists and turns of the River Wharfe as it meanders through the wide glaciated valley, eventually arriving at Kettlewell. This is a delightful, jumbled village which has changed little in the past 3 to 4 centuries, important during the 18th century when the lead-mining industry dominated the area. From Kettlewell, the walk heads south and climbs on to limestone and grass moorland, past limestone outcrops, dry gorges and scars. It passes the distinctive rocky outcrop of Conistone Pie before descending gradually through field systems dating back to ancient British settlements, and arriving in Grassington. If the weather permits, the views on this moorland walk are spectacular.

WALK A Link to OS map

WALK B: Starbottom to Grassington, 8.5 miles, 751 ft ascent.
The B walk follows the same route as above but starting further along the valley at Starbotton.

WALK B Link to OS map

WALK C: WALK C: Kilnsey to Grassington 5 miles, 346 ft ascent
A gentle 5 mile walk along the picturesque Wharfe Valley, taking in the delights of the tumbling river, the deep chasms at Ghaistrill Strid and the beautiful falls at Linton, before arriving in the lovely village of Grassington.****Please note that this will be a self-led group - maps and detailed notes will be provided for this very straightforward route.

WALK C Link to OS map

In the unlikely event of separation from the group or other emergency please take note of the following contact numbers:

Liz Moxham - 07876255849
Frank Jones - 07788736006