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Slow Ways linking Skipton and Cross Hills, Earby, Gargrave, Grassington, Ilkley, Silsden
Great Britain / North Yorkshire / Skipton
Skipton’s six Slow Ways are 46% checked
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Review me||Distance 12km/8mi||Ascent 267m||Descent 240m|
||Double check||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 64m||Descent 68m|
||Verify me||Distance 9km/5mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Pioneer me||Distance 9km/5mi||Ascent 83m||Descent 80m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 9km/5mi||Ascent 61m||Descent 61m|
||Review me||Distance 9km/5mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Pioneer me||Distance 20km/13mi||Ascent 656m||Descent 561m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 23km/14mi||Ascent 488m||Descent 395m|
||Review me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent 295m||Descent 305m|
||Verify me||Distance 17km/10mi||Ascent 489m||Descent 500m|
||Double check||Distance 9km/5mi||Ascent 286m||Descent 283m|
||Review me||Distance 9km/6mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
48% of Skipton’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
5 people have contributed to Skipton’s Slow Ways
2 people have pledged to walk and review a route
4 people have surveyed a route in Skipton
88km out of 148km have been walked and reviewed
112km of reviews have been shared in Skipton
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....
I took pictures but the ones found in Mary Oz's review were better so I suggest you check those out....
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 surveyed Skisil twoWalk this route
Mary Oz added Skisil two, a new walk from Skipton to SilsdenWalk this route
*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 surveyed Skisil oneWalk this route
Kim Potter surveyed Garski twoWalk this route
Kim Potter pledged to walk Earski oneWalk this route
Kim Potter pledged to walk Garski twoWalk this route
Mary Oz added Skicro three, a new walk from Skipton to Cross HillsWalk this route
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 surveyed Garski twoWalk this route
Mary Oz added Garski two, a new walk from Gargrave to SkiptonWalk this route
This route is almost entirely canal towpath, with a good surface of compacted gravel....
Mary Oz surveyed SkiptonView facilities
- 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....
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....
joeldalby added Skicro two, a new walk from Skipton to Cross HillsWalk this route
I'd downloaded the .gpx file into OS maps and the live positioning was useful in a couple of areas....
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......
Al Wilson surveyed SkiptonView facilities
JohnElise surveyed SkiptonView facilities
Neil Summersgill added Skisil one, a new walk from Skipton to SilsdenWalk this route
Slow Ways added Earski one, a new walk from Earby to SkiptonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Garski one, a new walk from Gargrave to SkiptonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Skicro one, a new walk from Skipton to Cross HillsWalk this route
Slow Ways added Skigra one, a new walk from Skipton to GrassingtonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Skigra two, a new walk from Skipton to GrassingtonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Skiilk one, a new walk from Skipton to IlkleyWalk this route
Slow Ways added Skiilk two, a new walk from Skipton to IlkleyWalk this route
Skipton’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
53.95933° / -2.01810°
Easting / Northing
398,910E / 451,470N
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