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36a. A Walk from Airton Village to Kirkby Malham Village

by the River Aire and a return route over the low hills to the west

Walking scenes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire - Rambles-ramblers-rambling-walks-walking-footpaths-bridleways. The super budget priced (1.20 in 2008) "Malhamdale - Footpaths and Bridleways" by Arthur Gemmel in the Stile Maps Series is highly recommended and I hope these three pages (36a-36c) of pictures do justice to both the map and scenery of Malhamdale.

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36b. Walking through Malhamdale (b) From Kirkby Malham Village to Malham Village

36c. Walking through Malhamdale (c) From Malham Village to Malham Cove

Airton is a village in North Yorkshire, England in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Airton is quiet pleasant village with a triangular green which includes one cottage with a stone-walled garden. It was known as Airtone in the Domesday Book and lies in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Airton was originally a Quaker village, there is no pub in the village, a Quaker legacy!, but there is a great farm shop cafe! There is still a Quaker meeting house, a squatter's cottage on the village green, the old post office on the green is dated 1666 and at the bottom south eastern end of Airton is an old mill on the River Aire from which the village is named. There is no working Post Office in the village, however there is a Farm Shop and Tea Room at Town End Farm on the road to Malham. Airton village lies on the main road to the tourist village of Malham and the popular tourist attraction of Malham Cove. The Pennine Way passes around the edge of the village, alongside the river both south and north on the eastern bank.

The River Aire and the old mill buildings by the bridge in Airton. The Pennine Way is on the right looking north to Kirkby Malham.

 

The triangular village green at the centre of Airton

The central triangular green of Airton Village ...

... with its quiet atmosphere and lovely grey limestone built houses.

Some of the attractive grey limestone cottages in Airton Village. Ellis Cottage on the left with the old dovecots on it is dated 1696 (16 EWA 96).

 

Airton - the house on the green

 

The Quaker Meeting House in Airton.

 

The Quaker Society of Friends meeting house in Airton Village dating from 1700.

 

The Society of Friends Quakers meeting house has been restored, with a quiet 'garden' area containing some old gravestones and can be hired for events, you are welcome to call and read its history. There are some old gravestones in the 'garden' area and some lovely woollen fleece covers to soften the hard wooden seats in the main meeting room! A place of peace and thoughtfulness at any time!

 

 

On the left is 'Riverside Cottage' (and Molly!) and the old Airton mill near the bridge in Airton has been converted into flats with lovely views over the River Aire and the walkers on the Pennine Way. It is a good starting point for a walks north into Malhamdale.

 

Airton Mill on the River Aire, the walk starts on the right hand side bank, heading north towards Kirkby Malham.

 

In Airton, at Town End, is the fine house called Scosthrop Manor which is opposite the Town End Shop and Cafe Tearoom. Scosthrop Manor is dated 1686 on the porch but 1603 over the inner doorway.

Also note the old farmhouse by the farm shop across the road from Scosthrop Manor.

W A 1688

 

The beautiful view up Malhamdale from the windows of the Town End Farm Shop & Cafe-Tearoom in Airton, great food and comfortable seating!

 


A ramble through Malhamdale from Airton Village to Kirkby Malham Village

The walk is described from south to north

The bridge at Airton Village -very limited car parking here, but a good place to start a walk north to Kirkby Malham.

 

The lovely tranquil Rive Aire near Airton on the path (right, east side) northwards in Malhamdale following the Pennine Way.

Walking on the Pennine Way on the east bank of the River Aire and heading north towards Kirkby Malham.

 

 

Hanlith Hall in the distance

 

Horses in the fields near Hanlith Hall in the far distance.

 

Hanlith Hall

 

Hanlith Hall, a large impressive building, originally an 18th century building but extensively re-modelled in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

Part of the Hanlith Hall group of buildings

The bronze horse sculpture in a field at the top end of Hanlith which looks down in the direction of Kirkby Malham

 

A quick glimpse of a deer on the opposite river bank.

 

The bridge over the River which leads to Kirkby Malham to the left - but if you go over the bridge and head north along the west bank of the River Aire towards the old mill and eventually Malham village (this walk is described on the next page).

 

You can just see the tower of the church at Kirkby Malham as you cross the bridge over the Rive Aire and head down the road to the village itself.

 

Approaching Kirkby Malham Village from the River Aire and Pennine Way

CLICK for more on Kirkby Malham and its fine church

 


An alternative walk back from Kirkby Malham to Airton

As alternative to walking back to Airton on the Pennine Way along the eastern bank of the River Aire, is to head SSW towards Warber Hill and find your way back to Airton across the fields with fine views.

The walk is described from north to south

Climbing out of Kirkby Malham and heading over to Airton village and Gordale Scar can still be seen in the far distance.

 

Another atmospheric shot of the same scene.

 

 

The lovely views between the villages of Kirkby Malham and Airton.

 

 

Heading up towards Warber Hill BUT you head east well before the summit.

 

Looking down on Airton Village, heading SSE towards Moor End farm.

 

Looking west in the southerly descent back into Airton Village.

 

 

The odd tree and old dry stone wall

 

 

A well maintained dry stone wall above Airton

Rainbow over Airton Village, looking down onto Scosthrop, the western Town End of Airton.

 

Scosthrop House in Airton

Back into Malham village on a grey day ...

 

... but ... as a heron quietly fishes in the River Aire ...

 

... on a fine day. the River at Airton looks particularly lovely, looking south on the Pennine Way on the east bank of the River Aire, and, on this day at least, a most beautiful evening to end the walk back in Airton - the view is from the road bridge at the start of the walk north to Kirkby Malham. See Bell Busk walk from Airton

 

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36b. Walking through Malhamdale (b) From Kirkby Malham Village to Malham Village

36c. Walking through Malhamdale (c) From Malham Village to Malham Cove

 

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AIRTON

Airton Village, near the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England: The Town End Shop and Cafe Tearoom is in the lovely quiet village of Airton at the southern end of the delightful Malhamdale. The Pennine Way passes through the bottom of the village by the bridge over the River Aire. Its a good starting point for a good walk up Malhamdale to Kirkby Malham, Malham and Malham Cove.

The Town End Shop and Cafe Tea Room is opposite the very fine building of the Scosthrop Manor Hall House (left). Due to its past strong Quaker influence the village of Airton is 'dry' except for tea, coffee and fruit drinks at Town End!  There is a Friends (Quakers) meeting house in the village dating from ~1680 (above left picture). The village is on the Pennine Way but there is no pub in this attractive Quaker village on the River Aire!
The Town End Farm Shop & Cafe - Tearoom, sells local produce of meat, cheese, preserves, fruit & veg, and the food in the cafe section is really good! with equally good views of Malhamdale!

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36b. Walking through Malhamdale (b) From Kirkby Malham Village to Malham Village

36c. Walking through Malhamdale (c) From Malham Village to Malham Cove 

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