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Ponden to Gargrave

Wanderung · Großbritannien und Nordirland
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  • The double bridge near Gargrave
    The double bridge near Gargrave
    Foto: David Arthur Stott, Macs Adventure
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A short stage from Ponden crossing moorland to the small village of Ickornshaw, before some more climbing as you head towards Gargrave.
Strecke 26,7 km
6:30 h
637 hm
765 hm
438 hm
109 hm

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.


For those doing one of our longer walking itineraries you are likely to be walking onward to overnight in Malham - please move onto the next route in the Macs App which is Gargrave to Malham.
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Laura Paterson
Aktualisierung: 23.03.2022
Höchster Punkt
438 m
Tiefster Punkt
109 m


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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.

Weitere Infos und Links

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information. 


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!

Cowling Chippy

Offers tasty fish and chips - sit-in as well as takeaway is available. 

Bay Horse Inn

The local pub serving traditional pub fare. 

Harlequin Bistro

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. 


Pennine Way fingerpost at lane next to Ponden Reservoir dam wall. (229 m)
OS Grid
SD 99570 37110
53.830260, -2.008007
53°49'48.9"N 2°00'28.8"W
30U 565287 5965092
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Across the bridge as you reach High Street in Gargrave.


*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Ponden to Ickornshaw. Whilst the Pennine Way is waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

0.00km – START from the Pennine Way fingerpost at the lane next to Ponden Reservoir. TURN LEFT and walk up the lane which climbs behind the dam, eventually becoming a gravel track.

0.90km – As the lane ends at Old House Farm BEAR LEFT on to the grassy path. After 100m TURN RIGHT at the cross roads with the fingerpost and continue down the grassy path.

1.30km – Cross the bridge at the back of the reservoir then TURN LEFT on to the road for 100m. TURN RIGHT and cross the stone steps over the wall at the fingerpost and continue STRAIGHT ON the waymarked path through the fields towards the houses.

1.70km – Follow the path behind the ruined house and through the gate up to a gravel driveway. TURN RIGHT uphill on to the lane then TURN LEFT on to the narrow grassy path at the way marker and follow the path through the fields until reaching the road.

2.10km – TURN LEFT on to the road and after 300m TURN RIGHT at the fingerpost on the track uphill before you TURN LEFT through a gate at the top of the track. Follow the narrow but clear path STRAIGHT ON for 1km steadily climbing and running parallel to a stone wall.

3.60km – As the stone wall ends continue STRAIGHT ON the path across the moor. The Wolfstones Trig Point will be visible to the West but stick to the path as it skirts around the summit to the right before heading downhill.

6.65km – TURN RIGHT following the path at the fingerpost at the private gate once you pass the many little huts. The path can be boggy and indistinct in places but runs parallel to a wall on the left.

7.25km – Pass through a metal gate and TURN LEFT heading downhill on the grassy path parallel to a wall on the left.

7.45km – Go down the steps and cross the a wooden bridge, then TURN RIGHT and follow the path up steps and through a gate at the other side of the field. Continue STRAIGHT ON the path as it climbs through the field and follow the track around to the farm.

8.35km – At the barn where the track turns left continue STRAIGHT ON over the stile and through a gate at the way marker. Follow the path downhill towards the village.

9.00km – Pass through a wooden gate, cross the road and TURN LEFT along the pavement.

9.10km – TURN RIGHT through a gate and continue on the narrow path at the fingerpost. At the bottom of the stone steps continue STRAIGHT ON the tarmac road past the row of houses.

9.30km – Reach a fork in the middle of the village where the Pennine Way path turns to the left as indicated by the white painted markings on the mast in the middle of the grassy verge. TURN LEFT up the incline then BEAR RIGHT where the road forks.

9.40km – BEAR RIGHT on to the signed footpath through a gate just before the top of the lane. Follow the path as it leads through the right side of the fields past the houses.

9.75km – TURN RIGHT through the narrow gap in the wall, cross the field and continue on the track.

9.90km – TURN LEFT at the T-junction and continue on the road towards more houses.

10.10km – BEAR RIGHT at the fork in the road heading downhill and across a bridge, then TURN LEFT along the tree covered lane.

10.25km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the path at the way marker at the end of the lane. Go through the gate and follow the path uphill to the right through the field. After 100m cross the wall at the stone steps and follow the path uphill through the fields.

10.75km – TURN LEFT through a gate at the end of the second field then TURN RIGHT crossing the wall next to the way marker. Follow the path towards the derelict farmhouse.

10.90km – The path runs to the left of the old building and through a gate. Continue STRAIGHT ON uphill through the fields.

11.30km – As the field levels out cross the stone steps on to a lane and TURN RIGHT. After 50m TURN LEFT and follow the lane downhill for 500m.

11.80km – TURN LEFT at the fingerpost and cross the wall. Follow the grassy path to the left of the field and downhill to two gates in the opposite corner.

12.05km – Go through the right-hand gate and continue STRAIGHT ON the path downhill as it crosses a small stream and goes through a wooden gate before beginning to ascend again.

12.40km – At the top of the field go through the metal gate and TURN RIGHT on the lane past the houses. BEAR LEFT at the fork after 50m and continue uphill on the road.

12.75km – BEAR RIGHT on to the grassy path at the fingerpost heading towards Lothersdale village down the stone steps.

13.00km – TURN RIGHT on to the road through Lothersdale. After 200m TURN LEFT along the gravel track at the Pennine Way fingerpost. Once through the gate TURN LEFT and follow the waymarked path through the fields.

14.25km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the lane after crossing the road.

14.45km – BEAR RIGHT at the top of the lane through a gate or cross over the wall and continue STRAIGHT ON the path across the field before crossing crossing another wall and continuing through moorland at the end of the field.

15.50km – TURN LEFT at the junction with another path and continue uphill over the moor to the Trig Point at Pinhaw Beacon. Follow the main path from here as it widens.

16.40km – When you reach the road cross over and continue STRAIGHT ON the minor road ahead.

17.05km – BEAR LEFT off the road and the fingerpost and follow the narrow footpath. Cross the stile into the field and BEAR RIGHT where the paths split following the path parallel to wall on the right-hand side.

17.90km – BEAR RIGHT at the fork sticking to the path parallel to the wall, then continue STRAIGHT ON the grassy path with ocassional boardwalk sections.

18.15km – TURN RIGHT through the gate and cross the bridge, then immediately TURN LEFT heading downhill next to the fence.

18.35km – At the diagonally opposite corner of the field TURN LEFT through the gate and continue downhill.

19.00km – BEAR LEFT and cross the stile as the path reaches a farm. TURN RIGHT on to the lane, cross the bridge and continue STRAIGHT ON the road.

19.75km – BEAR LEFT and follow the road under the bridge at the fork.

20.20km – As you reach Thornton-in-Craven cross the main road at the traffic lights and TURN RIGHTTURN LEFT up Cam Lane and follow the road out of the village and through a farm.

21.20km – TURN RIGHT through the gate in to a field at the fingerpost just after the barns. Follow the grassy path through the fields.

22.10km – TURN RIGHT on to the towpath at the canal.

22.90km – BEAR RIGHT away from the towpath at the bridge just after the boat moorings, then TURN RIGHT on to the track at the fingerpost.

23.20km – TURN RIGHT at the crossroads towards the fields then cross the left-hand gate into the field following the path.

23.5km – BEAR LEFT over the stile and follow the path through the edge of the tree line and in to another field. At the end of the field TURN RIGHT on to the gravel track.

23.80km – BEAR LEFT at the fork after the bridge then TURN RIGHT into a field at the fingerpost.

24.05km – Cross the wooden bridge and TURN LEFT on to the grassy track through the fields. Cross the farm track near the buildings and continue on the grassy path on the other side across the fields.

25.75km – Cross the stile and TURN RIGHT on to the track heading downhill.

26.30km – TURN RIGHT at the fingerpost into the field and follow the pylons across the field.

26.80km – TURN RIGHT at the parking area once through the gap in the wall then TURN LEFT at the road and follow it into town.

27.10km – FINISH as you cross the bridge and reach High Street with public toilets and a bus stop to the right. 

*** This is the end of our Ponden to Gargrave route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation - for those doing one of our longer walking itineraries you are likely to be walking onward to overnight in Malham - please move onto the next route in the Macs App which is Gargrave to Malham ***


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OS Grid
SD 99570 37110
53.830260, -2.008007
53°49'48.9"N 2°00'28.8"W
30U 565287 5965092
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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.

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6:30 h
637 hm
765 hm
Höchster Punkt
438 hm
Tiefster Punkt
109 hm


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