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Grassington Walks and Walking Guide

Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire

Grassington is a small town in Wharfdale at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The town has excellent amenities including cafés, bars and restaurants. Accommodation in the area is varied including campsites and caravan parks. Public transport is limited and private transport is recommended to undertake most of the walks listed below. Highlights include riverside walks along the Wharfe, an ascent of Buckden Pike, visiting Malham Cove, following the Dales Way in Upper Wharfedale, enjoying the view from Simon's Seat and scrambling through Trollers Gill.

All walks are free to download and print all have GPS files. This is a good area for easy walking and there are many family walks listed. For the more adventurous, leave Wharfedale and head into the surrounding hills.

★ = GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1576Embsay Reservoireasy1.00
2737The River Aire & Kirkby Malham from Malhameasy3.00
1846Garnshaw House & Linton Falls from Grassingtoneasy3.00
2704Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malhameasy4.00
2611Hebden Gill from Hebdeneasy4.00
1573Grimwith Reservoireasy4.50
3301Conistone to Grassington via the Dibeasy5.00
1277Starbotton from Kettlewelleasy/mod5.00
1274Nappa Cross from Malhameasy/mod5.50
2066Winterburn Reservoir from Winterburneasy6.00
3109Rylstone Edges & Cracoe from Rylstoneeasy/mod6.00
1407Thorpe & Burnsall from Linton easy/mod6.20
1239Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route B)easy/mod6.50
2610Hebden Gill & Cupola Cornereasy/mod6.50
3107Flasby Fell from Flasbyeasy/mod6.50
2423Capplestone Gate & Conistone Pie from Conistone easy/mod6.80
1701Bordley Hall & Malham Mooreasy/mod7.00
3262Copplestone Gate and Conistone Pie from Conistoneeasy/mod7.00
1051Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route A)moderate7.00
1632Arncliffe & Starbotton from Kettlewell moderate7.00
1294Arncliffe from Kettlewellmoderate7.00
1250Great Whernside from Kettlewellmoderate8.00
1946Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seatmoderate8.40
1280Trollers Gill from Burnsallmoderate9.00
1292Thorpe Fell & Cracoe from Lintonmoderate9.00
2602Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route C)moderate9.10
1145Grassington, Mastilles Lane & Conistone Dibmoderate11.25
1645Mastilles Lane & Conistone Dib from Grassingtonmoderate12.00
1282Arncliffe from Malham Tarnmoderate12.50
2000A Wharfedale wander from Burnsallmoderate13.50

The walks listed above are the nearest 30 from Grassington when measured in a straight line.

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