Linton Falls and Grassington

An impressive rapid, a riverside church and access to the facilities of Grassington.

Technical sheet
No. 18147145
A Linton (North Yorkshire) walk posted on 31/12/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 04/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 3.01mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 207ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 210ft
Highest point Highest point : 659ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 518ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Yorkshire Dales
Location Location : Linton (North Yorkshire)
Starting point Starting point : N 54.060699° / W 2.006248°
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(D/A) From the front of The Fountaine Inn, cross the green and the packhorse bridge. Turn left to the main road through the village.
Turn right, noting the old pinfold to the left, and beyond Ivy Cottage turn right onto a lane (marked ‘Burnsall’ on the old guidepost at the junction).
Climb a slight hill, passing a footpath on the right, until you reach the B6160.

(1) Turn right for a short distance, then take a footpath on the left-hand side, signposted to ‘Linton Church and Falls’. Follow the wall on your left, then turn left at a junction of paths to Church Road.
Turn right and follow the road to the church.

(2) Walk through the churchyard to a gate in the far corner and cross the meadow beyond to the stepping stones.
(If the stepping stones are impassable, retrace your steps past the church and follow Church Road to Linton Falls. Turn right onto a foot-path beyond the houses, cross the footbridge over the Falls and turn left, rejoining the described route at waypoint (3) )
Once across the stepping stones, turn left through a gate into a track.

(3) Pass a house and fish farm then, when the lane bends right, follow the Dales Way footpath on the left signposted towards Grassington. This path rejoins the river Wharfe and runs through a series of water-side meadows to an old stone barn. (If omitting the loop to Grassington, turn left to cross the bridge over Linton Falls and skip to waypoint (5) )

(4) Go through the gate and continue upstream along the river, past the weir and hydroelectric scheme. As you approach Grassington Bridge, leave the river and climb the bank on your right below a terrace of houses to the road (Station road). Turn right and walk up the hill into Grassington.

In the village centre at the bottom of Main Street, keep right (Hebden Road), signposted to the National Park Centre and car park. Pass Springfield Road and Hardy Meadows on your left.

Just beyond the car park, turn right into Sedber Lane (with a footpath sign to ‘Linton Falls & Riverside Path’). Keep to the footpath on the right, which leads to a paved, walled path down to Linton Falls. Cross the footbridge over the Falls.

(5) Follow the winding path to the right around the houses on the opposite side of the river (noting but not crossing Little Emily’s Bridge on the right) to reach Church Road.
Turn right here, and follow the road to a junction. Bear left and climb the hill to a crossroads. Go straight on and follow the road past the Memorial Institute and Reading Room back to Linton and the Fountaine Inn. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 623ft - The Fountaine Inn
1 : mi 0.31 - alt. 610ft - Church
2 : mi 0.68 - alt. 525ft - Stepping stones
3 : mi 1.02 - alt. 538ft - House and fish farm
4 : mi 1.42 - alt. 541ft - River Wharfe
5 : mi 2.52 - alt. 535ft - Footbridge
D/A : mi 3.01 - alt. 623ft - The Fountaine Inn

Useful Information

Some road walking. The walk can be shortened by a mile by omitting the loop to Grassington. The stepping stones at Linton Church may be impassable if the river is high; an alternative route is suggested.

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The Fountaine Inn
Lauradale Lane, Linton-in-Craven,
North Yorkshire BD23 5HJ
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Tel 01756752210

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During the walk or to do/see around

Stepping stones cross the River Wharfe near the parish church of Saint Michael and All Saints, which dates back to the 12th century.

The picturesque village of Grassington stands in for James Herriot’s Darrowby in the All Creatures Great and Small series on Channel 5.

The pretty village of Thorpe from the fell to the south

Traditional guidepost near Thorpe is Grade II listed and dates from the mid-19th century.

The suspension bridge over the Wharfe was built by the local blacksmith following a drowning at the stepping stones in 1884.

The obelisk on Watts Crag, the highest point of Cracoe Fell, was built to commemorate the 13 men from Rylstone and Cracoe who died in the First World War. It was unveiled in 1922, and three more names were added after the Second World War.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Fri 22 Apr 2022 18:06:07 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 22/04/22
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

We thoroughly enjoyed this walk which had lots of interest including the lovely church, the stepping stones which were crossable with care, the river Wharfe, the village of Grassington, the scenery and lovely lunch at the Fountaine Inn. A perfect afternoon!

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