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12. Wharfedale (1) Grassington Market Town, Linton & Heart of Wharfedale Walk

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Ramble-ramblers-rambling-walks-walking-footpaths-bridleways: The route illustrated below is described in detail as Walk 15 THE HEART OF WHARFEDALE in Jack Keighley's walking book WALKS in DALES COUNTRY. The route can be summarised as follows: Head down to the River Wharfe from the car park of Grassington National Park Centre. Walk east along the north river bank to the Hebden suspension bridge, cross river and head south for Badger Lane. Turn right, heading west for the tiny village of Thorpe. Continue west below Elbolton Hill to Far Langerton Cottage. Head north down the road curving round to below Ings House. Turn right by a barn and head across the fields to Linton Village and then by road to the Church of St Michael and All Angels on the banks of the River Wharfe. You then head west for a short distance before crossing the footbridge by the weirs and Linton Falls to return into Grassington.

car park is the Yorkshire Dales Grassington National Park Centre, Hebden Road, Grassington  Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

A good place to park is the Yorkshire Dales Grassington National Park Centre, Hebden Road, Grassington

 

Grassington is a market town, but it feels more like a large busy bustling village

Main Street, the centre of Grassington Village.

Grassington was mentioned in the Domesday Book after the Norman Conquest and it received a Royal Charter to hold a fair in 1282.

Grassington prospered greatly in the 17th and 18th centuries from lead mining in the nearby limestone hills.

Grassington is popular with tourists from walkers, bikers and those arriving in other motorised transport - we even got the 74 bus from York which took two and half hours, but the scenery is stunning coming up through Wharfedale.

 

 

 

Devonshire Hotel good pub-bar meals Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England The Retreat cafe which supports animal welfare Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

In the Main Street, good refreshment can be obtained at the Devonshire Hotel (good pub-bar meals) and The Retreat cafe which supports animal welfare.

 

 

Church House, Grassington, dated 1694 over the door Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Church House, Grassington, dated 1694 over the door.

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

 

The double walled Sedber Lane, the path heading down to the River Wharfe Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The double walled Sedber Lane, the path heading down to the River Wharfe.

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

 

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The weir systems of the River Wharfe at Grassington that once help feed water to the mills.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Linton Falls and the footbridge connecting Linton and Grassington.

 

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The bank of the River Wharfe, which here, is part of the Dales Way.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The north bank of the River Wharfe near Grassington, lovely trees above the river.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

 

 

The footbridge Hebden suspension bridge of 1885 near Grassington to Linton over the River Wharfe Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The footbridge Hebden suspension bridge, built in 1885 from Grassington to Linton over the River Wharfe.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The suspension bridge was built in 1885 by a local blacksmith - sways a little, but otherwise, very sturdy!

 

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The obsolete stepping stones near the suspension bridge.

 

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Looking east to snow-capped hills.

 

Looking north down Badger Lane Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Looking north down Badger Lane.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Ancient cultivation terraces (bottom left and centre).

 

The barns at Tennant Lathe Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The barns at Tennant Lathe.

 

Looking west from Skulberts Hill Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Looking west from Skulberts Hill.

 

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Climbing the double walled track to drop down into the tiny village of Thorpe.

 

restored fine looking Georgian Manor House in Thorpe Village Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England  Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The restored fine looking Georgian Manor House and a sturdy stone entrance to a barn/garage? in Thorpe Village.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The centre of Thorpe, which once had a thriving shoe-boot industry.

 

 old chapel in Thorpe Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England  Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

A curious carved stone head dated 1795 with the initials W I H high up on the side of an old chapel in Thorpe.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The sheep 'glinting' in the late afternoon sunlight. In the distance are the two reef knolls, Stebden Hill (left) and Butter Haw (right). Reef knolls are smooth rounded hills of almost pure limestone formed from skeletons and shells of marine life that once lived in a rich shallow seas. These sedimentary rock formations were formed in the carboniferous period at the bottom of these seas, covered in sediment and compressed. Eventually plate tectonic activity has lifted them, and surrounding land, up above sea level.

 

An old dry stone wall up the south side of Elbolton Hill walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

An old dry stone wall up the south side of Elbolton Hill.

 

Butter Haw half covered in snow walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Butter Haw half covered in snow.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Looking north across the fields to Linton Village.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The barn just north-east of Ings House, where you turn right to cross the fields to Linton.

 

Entering Linton Village Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Entering Linton Village.

 

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Some of the fine 18th century buildings in Linton, left the village green and right Well Lane.

The Fountaine Hospital and Almshouse in Linton village was founded and built by Richard Fountaine in 1721 to a grand design by the famous 18th century architect Sir John Vanbrugh walk from Grassington, Wharfedale

The Fountaine Hospital and Almshouse in Linton village was founded and built by Richard Fountaine in 1721 to a grand design by the famous 18th century architect Sir John Vanbrugh

 

The Fountaine Inn is a 17th century pub in Linton walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The, 'full of character' The Fountaine Inn is a 17th century pub in Linton.

 

The pretty village green river scene of Linton Beck and the old medieval 14th century packhorse bridge walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The pretty village green river scene of Linton Beck and the old medieval 14th century packhorse bridge.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Another fine house on the banks of Linton Beck from the 1892 road bridge before heading north-east on a minor road to lovely old church described below.

 

Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels north-east of Linton village on the banks of the River Wharfe dates from ~1150 and retains some original Norman architectural features. The squat square bell tower might date from the 13th century walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The exterior architecture of the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels north-east of Linton village on the banks of the River Wharfe dates from ~1150 and retains some original Norman architectural features. The squat square bell tower might date from the 13th century. Well worth a visit on a walk from Grassington.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

 

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The east end of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Linton. Much of the tracery of the windows is 13th-15th century, though some is restored.

 

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Carved heads on the exterior of the nave of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Linton

 

interior of of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Linton, view down the nave to the altar and east window walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The interior of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Linton, view down the nave to the altar and east window.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The later Norman pointed arches of the south aisle of the nave, simply carved capitals and pillar bases.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The later pointed arch and earlier Norman 'Romanesque' style curved arches of the north aisle.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Looking down the nave to the west window.

 

 Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Behind the attractive cover is a carved (with crosses) medieval stone altar that escaped the architectural and aesthetic destruction of the Reformation.

 

Norman tub font in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Linton walk from Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England  Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

The Norman tub font in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Linton, view down the nave to the altar and east window and the carved capitals of the pillars of the nave.

 

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The Victorian stained glass window creates colours on the ancient stonework of the walls of the nave - the stone of the window is much older.

 

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Goodbye in the winter evening sunlight.

 

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Back to Linton Falls, the weirs and footbridge back over to Grassington. Near the footbridge is an very small old packhorse-humpback bridge (top left above) known as Li'le Emily's Bridge named after a local girl called Emily Norton mentioned in Wordsworth's poem 'The White Doe of Rylstone'.

 

The great spectacle of Linton Falls and the footbridge over the River Wharfe on the path down from Grassington to Threshfield, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales National Park

The great spectacle of Linton Falls and the footbridge on the path down from Grassington across the River Wharfe to Threshfield.

 

 

Cafes, pubs, hotels & restaurants in Grassington

The Retreat Cafe licensed cafe, Grassington, with its nice cosy interior and a quiet area at the back.
Farrah's Chocolate shop Main Street Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England Foresters Arms pub in Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England
  The delicious Farrah's Chocolate shop across the road from the Foresters Arms pub in Grassington
Rustic Rabbit' cafe and 'High Class Bakers and Confectioners' Main Street Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England
  The Devonshire Hotel, Grassington, and on its left next to it ,the the 'Rustic Rabbit' cafe and 'High Class Bakers and Confectioners'
Grassington House in the main square of the market town of Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England Grassington House in the main square of the market town of Grassington
The Coffeco cafe in Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England The Coffeco cafe in Grassington
Dales Toffee Shop' for cold drinks and delicious ice cream and newsagent Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England On a corner at the main road junction in Grassington you find the Dales Toffee Shop' for cold drinks and delicious ice cream and a newsagent on the left

Corner House Cafe in Grassington market town, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England  The fish Shop, Grassington, for traditional fish and chips Grassington market town, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Left: Corner House Cafe, Grassington, a quieter area than the busy Main Street

Right: The fish Shop, Grassington, for traditional fish and chips

 

he Black Horse Hotel on Main Street Grassington market town, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England  Love Brownies shop, The Stripey Badger Bookshop and Stripey Badger Coffee Shop & kitchen, Grassington market town, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Left: The Black Horse Hotel, Grassington, 'home of the Morral Restaurant'

Right: Love Brownies shop, The Stripey Badger Bookshop and Stripey Badger Coffee Shop & kitchen, Grassington

 

The Ashfield House B&B, in a quiet cul-de-sac off Main Street, Grassington market town, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire Dales National Park, England 

The Ashfield House B&B, in a quiet cul-de-sac off Main Street, Grassington

The Foresters Arms, Grassington

Chocolate in Grassington!

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