SkiptonCross Hills

Skicro one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Skipton and Cross Hills.

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Problems reported -  Safety (1)

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Grid Ref SD9891051470
Lat / Lon 53.95933° / -2.01810°
Easting / Northing 398,910E / 451,470N
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Cross Hills
Grid Ref SE0049344952
Lat / Lon 53.90075° / -1.99399°
Easting / Northing 400,493E / 444,952N
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Skicro One's land is

Pasture 68.0%
Urban 32.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Andrew Simmons

05 Nov 2023 Autumn

The first half of this route follows the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath, which is level and generally in a good condition. After leaving Skipton, the countryside is pleasant, but the traffic noise from the main road can be so loud as to make conversation difficult. After passing the village of Bradley and reaching Hamblethorp Bridge, which also has a memorial to WW2 Polish aircrew, the route then crosses the busy A629. Please take great care here, as visibility is not the best.
From here, the route heads towards the village of Cononley, crossing the flood plain, meaning that the route is impassable after heavy rain. Once the road is reached, turn right to follow the lane, cross over the River Aire, then turn left to follow it for a short distance, before crossing the railway line. Please note that you are walking over the tracks here, there not being a bridge, so take a lot of care!
From here, turn left to follow a twisty road for about half a mile, which has no footpath. I found that I needed to change the side of the road I was walking on several times, in order to be able to see traffic and be seen by them. Leave the road by the path signposted on the left, about a hundred yards after the road starts to climb steeply, From here the route crosses several fields via stiles and kissing gates, with pleasant views to the left.

Overall, I would not recommend this route due to the issues with the roads, especially as 'Skicro two' is a better alternative.

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