Walk 1278 - printer friendly version
Cosh & Foxup Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SD880764
Lat 54.183234 + Long -2.1853681
Postcode BD23 5QN (approx. location only)
This Yorkshire Dale walk explores the upper reaches of Littondale and provides contrasting scenery in a relatively short distance. The start is the small parking area at the attractive hamlet of Halton Gill (Grid ref. SD880764) where a courtesy box requests donations for parking.
From the parking area walk towards the road junction and turn right in the direction of Settle. Follow the lane downhill to the bridge over the River Skirfare. Once across the bridge turn right on the signed footpath. This leads alongside the river to the road at Foxup Bridge. Turn right crossing the river and immediately left along a track (Grid ref. SD 872767).
This track is followed for about two kilometres to reach the isolated farm at Cosh. The scenery on this section of the walk has a wild moorland character. As you near Cosh look out for some sheepfolds on your left (Grid ref. SD 862780). Descend over rough ground past the sheepfold and cross Cosh Beck. There is a gated stile that leads you onto a path, which can be seen from the track as you approach from Foxup Bridge.
Follow this path across fields and past stone barns. At a junction of paths continue ahead to reach a lane at Foxup (Grid ref. 869767). Turn left down the lane and take the signed bridleway on your right (just opposite Foxup Farm). This track climbs across fields before levelling out to give good views across Littondale to the hamlet of Halton Gill.
After passing a small limestone pavement the track reaches a road (Grid ref. SD 878749) at Hesleden Bergh. Turn left and descend to Halton Gill Bridge after which a there is a short climb up the lane back to the start.