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20b. Three Craven Villages Walk - Rylstone, Hetton and Flasby

These pictures illustrate Walk 21 " THREE CRAVEN VILLAGES" from the Cicerone Guide "WALKS IN DALES COUNTRY" Thirty Scenic Walks by Jack Keighley. This ramble starts in the village of Rylstone by the 'duck pond' and you proceed north-west to Hetton and then do a loop around anti-clockwise to Flasby via Moor Lane and Cross Lane and return to Rylstone by north-easterly footpaths. Its a very pleasant walk through three quiet craven villages (bar the busy B6265 Skipton-Grassington road by the duck pond in Rylstone and wide ranging views and some great tracks-lanes to walk on. Each of the attractive villages has its own piece of history to tell and around them expansive views delight the eye.

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The duck pond in Rylstone - there is good parking space by it, just off the busy B6265 Grassington-Skipton road (you can just see the car!).

 

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A fine house opposite the duck pond with the ducks on the lawn.

 

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The enclosed bridleway between the villages of Rylstone and Hetton.

 

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The Angel Inn in Hetton has a good reputation for eating out and its food has won several awards for its cuisine.

 

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Hetton has a typical collection of fine stone houses on its one and only main street. Hetton may have had a settlement as early as the 7th century, but some of the barns and cottages do survive from the early 17th century.

 

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Walking up Moor Lane track in a north-west direction from Hetton - which you can see looking back in the distance. Moor Lane is a delightful track to walk on with good open views all round. Moor Lane is a broad double walled bridleway from which you get superb views.

 

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Looking east to the reef knolls between Cracoe and Linton.

 

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You take a sharp left turn off Moor Lane (on the left) to head down Cross Lane (track on the right), another ancient green lane. They seem like, and probably are, originally medieval roads for moving cattle and transporting materials by cart an bullock.

 

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Continuing down Cross Lane which turns into a fine green lane later on.

 

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Passing the barn at New Laithe on 'green' Cross Lane.

 

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The 'deserted' house-barn at Owslin.

 

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Owslin Laithe with ridge and 'ancient' furrow marks in the field above.

 

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Walking south-west down the green fields to Scarnber Laithe. On the left is the peak of Sharp Haw on Flasby Fell.

 

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The barn of Scarnber Laithe.

 

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Views around from Mickleber Hill whilst walking south-east towards Flasby. In the distance is Flasby Fell and the four 'tops' are from left to right non name (283m), no name (289m), Rough Haw (339 m) and the most distinct Sharp Haw (357m).

 

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Views around from Mickleber Hill.

 

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At Howson Laithe the sunken track comes down from Mickleber Hill to enter the hamlet Flasby.

 

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Looking north from above Flasby village.

 

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'Hello' Flasby village .... a small farming hamlet, that was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Flatebi'. The cottage on the right has a door head marked RMO 1683.

 

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... 'Goodbye' Flasby village.

 

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The barn at Low Laithe on the footpath from Flasby back to Rylstone.

 

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Built into a wall of Low Laithe barn is an old doorway entrance dated 1695.

 

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Looking south-west from near Low Laithe towards ? in the very distant centre of the picture.

 

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The farm at Flasby Moor Side.

 

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Looking over the boulders on the lower north-western slopes Flasby Fell towards Flasby Moor Side farm.

 

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Heading north-north-west (NNW) across the fields towards Hull Gap Plantation and onto Rylstone.

 

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Just south of Rylstone you pass over the mineral railway line from Skipton to Swinden Quarry.

 

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Another fine barn by the railway line near Rylstone.

 

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A freight train of empty limestone carrying wagons heading for Swinden Quarry.

 

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House on the outskirts of Rylstone.

 

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Approaching Rylstone. Rylstone's history dates back to the Danish Conquest well before William the Conqueror arrived on the scene!

 

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Back to the duck pond and then a short walk upto the church. The duck pond was constructed to power a medieval corn mill which operated as woollen mill in the 19th century.

 

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You pass the 'Manor House' on the lane leading up to the church.

 

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The Parish Church of St Peter was extensively rebuilt in 1852 from the pre-existing Norman-medieval church.

 

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An impressive 'mausoleum' for the Standeven family of Scale House.

 

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Two WWII war graves in the churchyard.

 

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An excellent 'green' and 'cheap' way of economically cutting the grass in the graveyard. There seem to be about eight tups-rams in the 'work gang'! and the final note in another excellent walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

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