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Skipton

North Yorkshire


Slow Ways linking Skipton and Cross Hills, Earby, Gargrave, Grassington, Ilkley, Silsden

England / North Yorkshire / Skipton

Skipton’s six Slow Ways are 54% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 5/6
verified: 1/6
and surveyed: 1/6

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Slow Way Route To do
Earby—Skipton
Earski one Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 267m Descent 240m
Earby—Skipton
Earski two Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Gargrave—Skipton
Garski one

Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 64m Descent 68m
Gargrave—Skipton
Garski two Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Skipton—Cross Hills
Skicro one

Double check Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 83m Descent 80m
Skipton—Cross Hills
Skicro two Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 61m Descent 61m
Skipton—Cross Hills
Skicro three Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Skipton—Grassington
Skigra one Pioneer me Distance 20km/13mi Ascent 656m Descent 561m
Skipton—Grassington
Skigra two Pioneer me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 488m Descent 395m
Skipton—Ilkley
Skiilk one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 295m Descent 305m
Skipton—Ilkley
Skiilk two Verify me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 489m Descent 500m
Skipton—Silsden
Skisil one

Double check Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 286m Descent 283m
Skipton—Silsden
Skisil two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

56% of Skipton’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

13/13

drawn

11/13

reviewed

4/13

surveyed

1/13

verified

6 people have contributed to Skipton’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

5 people have surveyed a route in Skipton

117km out of 160km have been walked and reviewed

158km of reviews have been shared in Skipton

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The biggest challenge was the amount of water on some sections, particularly where the line goes through a cutting in the middle of the Elslack to Carleton section. There was one section along a concrete road, and another section where it was necessary to cross a couple of fields, but mostly the route is extremely easy to navigate. Unfortunately, the viaduct over the River Aire has been removed, so it was necessary to walk a bit of road to Carleton, then cross some fields to a subway under the busy A629. There are lots of facilities at either end of the route, and pubs at Elslack and at Carleton, but nothing in the middle section....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Earski two

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Earby—Skipton

Mary Oz added Earski two, a new walk from Earby to Skipton

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Instead of crossing the swing bridge, continue along the towpath until the next bridge, then turn right alongside the grounds of Kildwick church, right again at the Parish Rooms, currently a highly recommended cafe, to join the road, then follow the route as published...

Andrew Simmons

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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. From here, turn left to follow a twisty road for about half a mile, which has no footpath....

Andrew Simmons

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This easy to follow route along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath, is largely level and in good condition underfoot in most places. It can also be walked one-way as there are bus and train connections between Gargrave and Skipton. I would echo comments of other reviewers about the traffic noise....

Andrew Simmons

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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....

Andrew Simmons

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Skipton—Ilkley

andrea swearman pledged to walk Skiilk two

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This is a very pleasant walk on which you will encounter gates, kissing gates, steps, steep climbs, stepping stones, a ford and uneven stony ground. It was one of the muddiest parts and included a very narrow kissing gate, steps, steep climbs (slippy), stepping stones, and a ford. Addingham was a pleasant village and the walk along the Dales Way that followed was likewise, especially the section through Low Mill village....

Stearsb

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I took pictures but the ones found in Mary Oz's review were better so I suggest you check those out....

Stearsb

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The walk from Skipton started along a town road, reputedly of Roman origins, and featured the lovely Old Toll House, which is Grade II listed. We reached a tarmacked farm road which went right past the wind turbine, and then continued as a country road. After a couple of fields and a paddock (containing horses and surrounded by an electric fence), we had a short section of road, then joined the Millennium Way, along a doubly fenced field edge next to a stream....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Skisil two

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Skipton—Silsden

Mary Oz added Skisil two, a new walk from Skipton to Silsden

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*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. 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....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Skisil one

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Kim Potter surveyed Garski two

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Skipton—Cross Hills

Mary Oz added Skicro three, a new walk from Skipton to Cross Hills

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Heading along the road south from Skipton bus station, access to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath is gained immediately after crossing the canal. (An alternative to this, is to leave the bus station opposite the road end, over a footbridge over the canal, where you can then gain access to the towpath.) The route follows the towpath for four miles, all the way to Kildwick....

Mary Oz

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Gargrave—Skipton

Mary Oz added Garski two, a new walk from Gargrave to Skipton

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This route is almost entirely canal towpath, with a good surface of compacted gravel....

Mary Oz

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Skipton

Mary Oz surveyed Skipton

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- the footpath between the industrial estate and Carleton is closed between 25/10/21 and April 2022, or December 2021 to April 2022 depending on which sign you believe....

Carol

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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). After you leave that first field, keep an eye out for a large stile on your right. 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....

Carol

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Skipton—Cross Hills

joeldalby added Skicro two, a new walk from Skipton to Cross Hills

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I'd downloaded the .gpx file into OS maps and the live positioning was useful in a couple of areas....

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I thoroughly recommend this walk and plan to repeat it, however, you do need to be agile to get over some of the stiles and be competent following a map/gps device. I did write a more descriptive review but the page timed me out and deleted it......

Carol

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Skipton

Al Wilson surveyed Skipton

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Skipton

JohnElise surveyed Skipton

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Skipton—Silsden

Neil Summersgill added Skisil one, a new walk from Skipton to Silsden

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Earby—Skipton

Slow Ways added Earski one, a new walk from Earby to Skipton

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Gargrave—Skipton

Slow Ways added Garski one, a new walk from Gargrave to Skipton

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Skipton—Cross Hills

Slow Ways added Skicro one, a new walk from Skipton to Cross Hills

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Skipton—Grassington

Slow Ways added Skigra one, a new walk from Skipton to Grassington

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Skipton—Grassington

Slow Ways added Skigra two, a new walk from Skipton to Grassington

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Skipton—Ilkley

Slow Ways added Skiilk one, a new walk from Skipton to Ilkley

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Skipton—Ilkley

Slow Ways added Skiilk two, a new walk from Skipton to Ilkley

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Skipton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD9891051470

Lat / Lon

53.95933° / -2.01810°

Easting / Northing

398,910E / 451,470N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Skipton's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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