HellifieldGargrave

Helgar two
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By Andrew Simmons on 09 Feb 2022


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Description

This route leaves Hellifield to cross railtracks before following a good path, albeit muddy in places after rain, to reach the village of Otterburn, where there are no facilities. From here join a quiet back lane for about 1.5 miles to reach Bell Busk, again no facilities. From here, turn off onto good tracks which eventually join the Pennine Way before arriving in Gargrave. Here there are shops, pubs, accommodation plus rail/bus links.
Overall the route includes gradual climbs and descents but nothing too steep. Unfortunately I doubt it is suitable for wheelchair users. Signposting is generally good, with only a few stiles and gates

This route leaves Hellifield to cross railtracks before following a good path, albeit muddy in places after rain, to reach the village of Otterburn, where there are no facilities. From here join a quiet back lane for about 1.5 miles to reach Bell Busk, again no facilities. From here, turn off onto good tracks which eventually join the Pennine Way before arriving in Gargrave. Here there are shops, pubs, accommodation plus rail/bus links.
Overall the route includes gradual climbs and descents but nothing too steep. Unfortunately I doubt it is suitable for wheelchair users. Signposting is generally good, with only a few stiles and gates

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Reviews - 3

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Not present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Maybe present Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Maybe present Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Maybe present Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

35.0% of the route is on roads (1)

5.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

5.0% of the route is paved (1)

10.0% of the route is muddy (1)

20.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

There is no data on long grass

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Hellifield
Grid Ref SD8554256507
Lat / Lon 54.00440° / -2.22208°
Easting / Northing 385,542E / 456,507N
What3Words darling.honeybees.dentistry
Gargrave
Grid Ref SD9317454104
Lat / Lon 53.98296° / -2.10558°
Easting / Northing 393,174E / 454,104N
What3Words sleeps.lavender.conveying

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reviews


Jan Simmons

01 Jan 2024 Winter

This is a beautiful route, following tracks, pasture, woodland and quiet lanes. There are only two short climbs along the whole route, and the rest is level and on good surfaces. I walked it on a winters day after a long period of rainfall, and athough the tracks were muddy and puddly in places, nowhere was impassable. You leave Hellifield via a network of paths through residential streets, cross the railway track through two gates, and then climb gently up a track for a short while until beautiful views are gained across undulating farmland. Eventually you cross a large field which was the only really soggy part of the walk, but in view of the time of year and recent weather conditions, this was hardly surprising. A gate at the far side opens onto a good track through woodland which eventually leads downhill into the farming hamlet of Otterburn. From here you are on quiet lanes for a couple of miles, following the beckside out of Otterburn and then with open views across grazing land and crossing an attractive arched stone bridge. After this the road is fenced with good verges to either side. I encountered only one car, but several walkers. Bell Busk is a very attractive small hamlet with several interesting old buildings and after this a junction is reached and the route leads on to Markhouse Lane, an ancient bridleway with gorgeous views in every direction, and a handy bench situated at a corner. This track becomes a path and then a track again and eventually becomes a metalled road as you reach the edge of the village of Gargrave. Gargrave has many facilities including a CoOp, pubs, railway station and is on a bus route. I strongly recommend this route.


LemonTop

27 Dec 2023 Winter

Easy to follow, with good views. Although part of the route is along a road, its a very quiet lane and vehicles are rare.


Mary Oz

05 May 2022 Spring

This is a gorgeous route! The first third is a steady, but not too steep, climb up a rubbly farm track out of Hellifield, which gradually becomes a footpath across sheep pasture and past woods. The views are lovely, and I could hear curlews. There is a level crossing near the start and there are several gates including kissing gates.
The middle third is a quiet, single-track, country road between the tiny villages of Otterburn and Bell Busk. There was the odd car in the villages, but between them the only vehicles I saw were a tandem bike, and a tractor. The road went alongside Otterburn Beck which was very pretty, with sheep fields alongside. You leave Bell Busk over a bridge that crosses the baby River Aire.
The final third was along a narrow lane, inaccessible to motor traffic, called Mark House Lane. There is a bench at the corner soon after Bell Busk by Crag Laithe. This path was also quite stony and might become a bit of a stream in very wet weather, but there are beautiful views, and curlews were calling. There is a quiet road down into Gargrave, where there are toilets, pubs and cafés.


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Ascent

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Descent

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