Skipton - Silsden
Skipton - Silsden
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|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 in the middle third of this route.
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Is this route step and stile free?
Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.
The narrowest part of the path is 30.0cm (1)
The steepest uphill gradient walking East 44.0% (1)
The steepest uphill gradient walking West 29.0% (1)
The steepest camber gradient across the path 9.0% (1)
How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)
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Mary Oz05 Nov 2022
The walk from Skipton started well along a town road, reputedly of Roman origins, and featured the lovely Old Toll House, which is Grade II listed. The road became a rubbly track, continuing uphill, via a zigzag, and out onto the moors. There were excellent views back over Skipton and beyond.
The path became unclear at times, and it was impossible to cross Cawder Gill where indicated. *I had to go three contour lines further upsteam before there was a small bridge over the pipes that were issuing the water. From here I could see the path and some telegraph poles to aim for. The track became clearer and actually had some proper marker posts after a bit.
There were great views in all directions from the top. There were a number of stone step stiles through drystone walls to negotiate, often difficult to spot from a distance. The rest of the moorland crossing was manageable, although boggy or muddy in places. I could see farm buildings and a wind turbine along the route ahead, which were good route markers. A barn and a pair of free-standing stoops also aided navigation across a field which had no obvious path. *This field looked as if it may contain crops in the future which left me wondering how reliable this Right of Way will be.
I reached a tarmacked farm road which went right past the wind turbine. The public footpath past the house named, ahem, Cocklick Laithe, a little further on, looked private and a dog came running out barking at my heels, and I was relieved to reach the gate into the next field. Two fields later, by Stake Hill Head, even the sheep seemed a little aggressive and kept following me quite closely.
I must say that I have occasionally found some farmers in this area to be less than welcoming to walkers, but passing Hole Farm was quite pleasant. Just after this you need to use a gate onto a path between a fence and a hedge, then a small bridge and a wooden stile. The footpath at Bracken Hill Farm also looked private, but there was a stile which led into a steeply descending field, with nice views into Silsden.
A rickety little gate and stone steps led to a fast-flowing and very slippery stream which I found a bit tricky to cross. The footpath from here followed the stream (closer than the map suggests, and a bit slippy and muddy) and this *appeared to reach a dead end, with dogs in pens, and diggers, and what looked like some sort of reclamation yard. I nearly headed back but pushing on I discovered a reluctant path behind “temporary” metal fencing. At the other end, as I took a picture, a workman wandered out and loudly said to his mate “what’s SHE doing?” He seemed okay when I explained I was checking the public right of way.
The last few residential roads led down into the busy little town of Silsden.
I am really not sure if this route should be included as part of the trusted network. It had some really nice sections, but also some difficult parts, which I have marked with *. I will try to devise and test an improved version.
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