Garski one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Gargrave and Skipton.

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Is this route good enough? -  Maybe (2)

Problems reported -  Access (1) Safety (1)

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Grid Ref SD9317454104
Lat / Lon 53.98296° / -2.10558°
Easting / Northing 393,174E / 454,104N
What3Words sleeps.lavender.conveying
Grid Ref SD9891051470
Lat / Lon 53.95933° / -2.01810°
Easting / Northing 398,910E / 451,470N
What3Words mash.regulator.mingles

Garski One's land is

Pasture 70.4%
Urban 29.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Andrew Simmons

05 Nov 2023 Autumn

I agree with Carol who has previously reviewed this route and do not recommend it. It is not well maintained in places and finding the correct route can be awkward in places. Walking the road section is not pleasant as it has poor sight lines, meaning traffic cannot see you easily.
Overall, the route 'Garski two', which follows the canal towpath is much more enjoyable.


28 Oct 2021 Autumn

This route uses footpaths that are clearly rarely walked. There's a lack of signage, and it's quite difficult to follow at times, there's a busy road to cross as you near Skipton and then a short stretch along another busy road (no walkable verge). I think that the canal tow-path must offer a better route.
If you venture out on this route, here's some info to help.
After you leave Gargrave through a farmyard and along a metalled road, you'll spot a footpath sign to leave the road. After you leave that first field, keep an eye out for a large stile on your right. It looks like it leads up the embankment, but what you need to do is cross the stile and walk along the fence line in the direction you were going. It's a bit overgrown, but not too bad. Then you'll come to a stile you can cross into the next field. Now follow the rail line, don't be led into the middle of the field (as I was) by the line in the grass!
After you go under the railway line, the ordnance survey map shows the footpath the other side of the wall at the top, but don't cross the wall, follow the sign (hooray there is one here!) and you will end up in the right place.
As you approach the A59, another challenge awaits as the 'stile' is a square gap in the fence (see pic). Once through you can just about see the steps in the far corner of the field taking you up to the A59.
After crossing, you have a short stretch along the A6069, which is not great, but then you turn off to cross the railway via a level crossing. Immediately you are faced with a path that goes under the canal and a wooden door/gate on your right (see pic). Take the gated route and up through the woods, where you will find set of steps up to the towpath into Skipton.

  • Mary Oz

    Mary Oz

    29 Apr 2022

    Thank you for your pioneering review, Carol. Based on this, I decided to plot, walk and upload the canal option as Garski Two.

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