NEW EDITION DECEMBER 2022
Authors: Richard Hallewell
Rewalked by: Steve & Carole Bignell
We really enjoyed exploring this fascinating part of Yorkshire, which we had never visited before. We travelled with our dog, so had to walk some of the routes separately, as not all are dog friendly.
Our base for the week was an apartment right in the centre of Grassington, which was within easy driving distance of all of the walks and perfectly located for picking up a morning croissant from the bakery. The small town has several pubs and plenty of places to eat All of the pubs were dog friendly and served excellent beer. As the weather was glorious, we spent several evenings sat outside at the pub recounting the day’s walking.
The area is rich in history, being the Yorkshire residence of the Duke of Devonshire. All of the walks were beautiful, but we particularly enjoyed our walk along the riverside and on to Bolton Abbey. The stepping stones across the river were enjoyed by children and grandparents alike.
We must, of course, mention the walks taking in Simon’s Seat which offered stunning views of the heather moorlands and Wharfedale. Sadly, dogs are not welcome on the grouse moors at any time of year.
If you are a lover of wildlife, then the walks through Grasswood and up to the Strid may be your favourite. We saw an interesting variety of wildlife and even had the opportunity to watch a kingfisher flying along the river. However, be aware that some fields that you need to cross have cows in.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Wharfedale and are definitely planning to return to enjoy many of these walks again in the future.
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