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Yorkshire Dales Walk
Gargrave to Flasby

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Malhamdale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Allan Friswell

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km    Ascent - 750 feet / 227 metres

Time - 4 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SD932543
Lat 53.984706 // Long -2.105186
Postcode BD23 3RN (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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The start of this Yorkshire Dales walk is the public car park in Gargrave (grid ref. SD932543). Exit the car park and walk to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and turn right (east) towards Leeds. Just before the A65 main road, cross the wooden bridge at the second lock and walk back along the bank to the stile, followed by a second stile below the embankment. Walk uphill to the stile on the left of the trees. Then cross the next field ahead, the next stile is to the left of the wooden gate. Cross several more fields aiming for Eshton Hall (now upmarket apartments) in the distance. Reaching a road (grid ref. SD939556), turn right and follow the road (signed to Flasby). Cross the bridge over Eshton Beck (grid ref. SD941559) and take the footpath on the right.

Follow this into a field and follow the fence on your right. The path turns right up a steep climb. Take the stile on the right and head downhill to the farm lane (grid ref. SD946565). Turn left to reach the tarmac road through Flasby. Bear right and follow the road to a T-junction (grid ref. SD945568). Take the footpath opposite signed to Winterburn. This sunken path is very rocky so it's best to walk above it in the field.

Go through the wooden gate and follow the right hand fence. Follow this line to reach a field with trees on the left. Follow the path as it winds left, right and left to the left-hand corner. There is a post marking a bridleway to Friars Head. Although it seems to be pointing back in the field where you find yourself, you should cross the adjacent field at 10 o/c to the far side. Follow the field downhill following the power lines through a couple of gates to the farm at Friars Head (grid ref. SD932575). Turn left along the road.

Take the footpath (signed Eshton) where the road bends right. The path leads to a field, then by the left of the trees, then to the right of Brockabank House. Follow the driveway downhill over Brockabank Bridge and its adjacent lime kiln to a path on the left, which leads to the road (grid ref. SD934563). Go straight over this, negotiating an extremely tight squeeze-stile, and follow the path through several fields to Gamsbers Wood. Continue through the wood.

Exiting the wood, go straight down a field and over a quaint and very sturdy and safe metal ladder stile. Cross the field following the same line to reach the road near the 30 mph signs. Turn right to Gargrave. Cross the canal and turn right along the towpath back to the carpark.

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