Walk 1280 - Trollers Gill from Burnsall
This walk combines a variety of landscapes and starts from the village of Burnsall on the River Wharfe. Nowhere is the going hard although the traverse of Trollers Gill does require some nimble footwork and the occasional use of hands if it is to be safely negotiated.
There are a number of parking options in Burnsall (Grid ref. SE031610) although for the purposes of this description it is assumed you park in the large car park on the west side of the river. After parking cross the bridge over the River Wharfe and fork right following the Dales Way footpath sign to follow the Wharfe downstream.
The path stays close to the river except where it takes a short cuts and should be followed past Appletreewick (which is across the fields to your left) as far as the minor road (Grid ref. SE 060592). Go straight across and up the lane to Howgill (Grid ref. SE 063591). Turn left here and continue past the caravan site on your left to reach a signed path on your left (Grid ref. SE 065594). Fork left here and cross fields to reach the road in Skyreholme (Grid ref. SE 065603). Turn right along this quiet lane as far as the road junction at Middle Skyreholme.
Turn right at the junction and continue for a short way before taking the footpath on your left. This takes you across pastures to Ridge End Cottage (refreshments in season). Exit onto the lane and turn left. A short way down the lane take the footpath signed on your right. Stay on the valley floor following the course of Skyreholme Beck. Ignore the path forking left and stay with the beck as it enters Trollers Gill. Some care is needed as you make your way through this narrow cleft. Under normal circumstances the gill is dry or the water very shallow. After heavy or prolonged rain the stream may flow through Trollers Gill and this may make the walk through the narrow cleft a lot more difficult. You may find you will have to seek an alternative route.
Exiting Trollers Gill stay in the valley for approximately 400 metres. Cross the stile on your left and follow the path uphill towards the road (Grid ref. SE 063622). Turn left along the road. Turn right along the bridleway that crosses Appletreewick Pasture in a southwesterly direction. The going is good and excellent progress is made downhill to enter Kail Lane for the final descent into the valley. Reaching a road (Grid ref. SE 040607) go straight across to reach the Dales Way. Turn right and follow the path used on the outward route back to Burnsall village.