Grassington : North Yorkshire

by | Dec 19, 2019 | North Yorkshire, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk Via Conistone

Route Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 13.47 km (8.42 miles)

Route Elevation: 318 m

Route Time: 3-4 hrs

Start and Finish: Grassington National Car Park, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB

Depending on the featured walk and especially in mountainous areas, you may need to Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in to your own pace.


There are toilets on the car park.

There are many places to eat and drink in Grassington from cafes to pubs. For more information have at the TripAdvisor website 


Very few hazards along this route.

The Urban Ranger Website cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent, and to be able to read a map and use a compass. Plan your route properly with the latest advice from the AdventureSmart website

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A great circular walk starting from the iconic village of Grassington, which taking you on a journey through moorland and Conistone Dib, before returning via the river Wharfe and the impressive Ghaistrill Strid.

Grassington is a picturesque classic Yorkshire Dales Village and there are plenty of pubs to have a drink and something to eat after your walk.

I would recommend the Foresters Arms just up from the main square, given i have eaten there and the food is good and there is a friendly welcome atmosphere.

The walk actually starts from the village centre and you head up Main Street where at the top you take a curved left along Chapel Street. Follow Chapel Street until you get to Bank Lane, head up Bank Lane until you come to two trees and a gate. There is a sign post for the Dales Way which is left, but you need to take the path to the right up on to open moorland.

There are no clearly defined paths at times but you can use my GPX to guide you. Once you get to the derelict farm, take the gate to the left and follow the path to your right until you get to Bycliffe Road.

Once on Bycliffe Road, follow it down to the bottom where you will come to a gate leading you down through some difficult to navigate limestone rocks. Follow the path passing through tight limestone rocks known as Gurling Through and this will lead you to the centre of Conistone.

At the centre of Conistone take the road to the left and follow it until you get to Lower Grass Wood on your right which will take you down by the river Wharfe. Follow the path all the way back to Grassington and exit to your left at the bridge. About half a mile before the bridge you will pass the Ghaistrill’s Strid which is where the River Wharfe meanders through some lovely little waterfalls.

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