Follow the lanes and tracks around Ponden Reservoir keeping you away from the main road before another long ascent of the heather-clad Ickornshaw Moor.
Leaving Ickornshaw be preparedfor a short, sharp climb up Cowling Hill before heading down to Lothersdale and it's distinctive mill chimney. Climb through the fields from Lothersdale and across Elslack Moor with the trig point at Pinhaw Beacon. On a good day the views from here can be spectacular and you should be able to make out Pen-y-ghent in the distance.
From here the walk is mostly low-level but you will notice the shift in scenery from the peaty, heathery moorland of the Peak District to the limestone rock and green grass of the Yorkshire Dales as you make your way towards Gargrave.
Take care on the short but steep grassy decline at 7.30km - especially if the ground is wet following rain as this section can be slippy. Use caution when crossing the road just before Ickornshaw.
Cross the busy road at Thornton-in-Craven at 20km at the traffic lights to make life easier, rather than trying to cross at the top of the steps by the fingerpost.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Pennine Way map published by Harvey Maps. They publish a map for both the North and South section of the walk so if you are doing the full walk you will need both. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's Pennine Way by Stuart Greig & Henry Stedman.
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Points of Interest
The wooden huts you pass as you come down off Ickornshaw Moor are called cowlings and used by shooters. There used to be a common right to shoot on the moors here however, this is now restricted.
Leeds-Liverpool Canal Double Bridge and Roman Remains
You will pass under the famous double bridge on the Leeds-Liverpool canal on this stage, carrying the busy A59 road above.
To the right-hand side of the bridge as you enter Gargrave there are remains of a Roman villa built on the flat meadow. Unfortunately there is very little to see but you can make out the Roman ford through the river. The villa was excavated during the 1960's and a 7m square mosaic floor was found along with a bathhouse. More information is available from the information board near the bus stop at the end of the stage.
Food & Drink
There are a couple of places to stop for lunch today between Ickornshaw and Gargrave if you don't want to bring a packed lunch. Remember to check opening times on the websites before you go!
Offers tasty fish and chips - sit-in as well as takeaway is available.
Bay Horse Inn
The local pub serving traditional pub fare.
A smart bistro serving fine food and wine if you feel like something a little fancier this evening.
Hare and Hounds, Lothersdale
Local ingredients and vegan friendly dishes make this a good lunch stop depending on the time of day you are passing by.
Abbots Harbour, East Marton
Slightly off route on the other side of the Leeds Liverpool Canal this is another possible lunch spot if you find yourself passing through Lothersdale too early in the day.
As you arrive in Gargrave at the end of the stage you will find a busy little village with most amenities you might need. There is a Cooperative supermarket and a pub, as well as a small café right at the end of the route - perfect for an ice cream on a nice day! For more information see the links below:
Dalesman Café, Gargrave.
A quaint little cafe serving hearty sandwiches, home made cakes and delicious ice creams!
Old Swan Inn, Gargrave
A tradtional pub featuring a snug and games parlour! Serves traditional Yorkshire pub favourites including giant Yorkshire Puddings!
Masons Arms, Gargrave
Serves hearty meals and real ales.
Hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing are all required for the Pennine Way. The weather can be change quickly and even in the summer months it can be cold on the higher and more exposed sections of the route. Walking poles would also be benefitial to help with some of the tougher sections.
Ensure your phone is charged and you have a back up battery pack just in case. Always take plenty of food and fluids for a day’s walking as cafés and inns along the route are not always guaranteed to be open.