This is a circular walk out of Grassington and over the River Wharfe at Linton Falls. From here the route goes through the pretty villages of Linton, Thorpe and Burnsall before returning to Grassington via the Dales Way.
Leaving Grassington Town Hall, the route leads out of the town and down to the picturesque Linton Falls on the River Wharfe. From here you continue on to the pretty village of Linton and over farmland to Thorpe and Burnsall. This is a good spot for lunch as refreshments are available in the village. The walk now follows the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe, crossing by the suspension bridge further on. From here the route follows on the opposite bank of the river back into Grassington and back to the Town Hall.
Today’s walk takes in some classic Yorkshire Dales villages. The picturesque village of Linton is a gem with its small stream, Packhorse Bridge, old pub and village green. Burnsall is a tourist honeypot with its bridge over the River Wharfe, cafes, pub and open green spaces. Keep your eyes peeled on the river section or today’s walk and you may be lucky enough to see Kingfishers and Dippers along the Wharfe.
There is very little climbing or descending on this walk. However, some parts are muddy and could be slippery. The road sections out of Grassington to Linton and at Burnsall require care. These routes can be very busy, especially during peak summer seasons.
Grassington is a small market town with a full range of facilities. There is a small supermarket, bank and cash point facility, post office and numerous small shops. There are a number of pubs and cafes as well as the National Park Centre.. On this circular walk there is a pub at Linton and a café and pub at Burnsall, should you require refreshment on the way.
Points of Interest.
The market town of Grassington is one of the thriving hubs of the Yorkshire Dales. Recorded in the Doomsday Book it was originally an agricultural settlement and later a location for lead mining. It has a Folk Museum and a National Park Centre. In June it hosts a cultural festival and in September a 1940’s weekend. During the first two weeks in December the Dickensian Festival transforms the town back to the Victorian Era.
These are the largest waterfalls of the River Wharfe and are found on the outskirts of Grassington. A footbridge spans the falls, replacing the original Tin Bridge built to take the workers over the river to the former Linton Mill.
This pretty village is situated on the banks of the River Wharfe and on the Dales Way. Its picturesque nature makes it a local “honey pot” for visitors. The multi arched bridge, village green and river meadows attract walkers, cyclists and day trippers and there are also a number of cafes and a pub. It was one of the locations used in the Calendar Girls feature film.
Sturdy boots or walking shoes are recommended as the terrain is muddy in places. Walking poles may be an advantage on the muddy sections of the route, and if attempting to cross the River Wharfe by the stepping stones instead of the suspension bridge.. The weather is changeable in the Dales so waterproofs should be carried. Maybe pack an extra pair of socks in case of wet feet on the muddier parts of the route.