4.3 of 5 (3 votes)

Settle to Grassington via Malham

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 20.10km (12.49 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 595m (1952ft)
Loss 552m (1811ft)
Max. Elevation 530m (1738ft)
Elevation (total) 1147m (3763ft)
Distance 20.10km
Duration ~7:45
4Created by timmy on 27 Oct 2015
This long day out crosses part of the southern Yorkshire Dales. You pass nearby a few local 'honeypots' on route - Malham Cove, Gordale Scar - but the focus of this route is the wild dales scenery between the towns. You can reach the start and end points easily from Skipton.

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Walk Map


OS Grid SD816634
Take the train to Settle.
Tourist Info centre About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SD820637
Follow signs to the TIC and you are heading in the right direction.
Banks Lane About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
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Take the track that follows Banks Lane.
Dales High Way About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
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From the track, follow the Dales High Way towards Attermire Scar.
Low Barn About 1.62 km (~1.01 miles) from
OS Grid SD847637
The path continues beneath Settle Scar and follows the gap between this and Rye Loaf Hill.
Kirkby Fell About 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
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A climb up to Kirkby Fell and views over Malham.
Pikedaw Hill About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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Take the footpath to the right, which heads south-eastwards towards Malham.
Malham About 1.94 km (~1.21 miles) from
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This makes a good stopover for lunch and snacks. You can also get a bus from here if you wanted a shorter walk.
Gordale About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
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Follow the road east from Malham out towards Gordale. If you've never been to Gordale Scar, take the opportunity - it's very impressive: http://bit.ly/1idhhCJ
The Weets About 1.05 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SD923635
Take the track on the right-hand side of the road at the Weets.
Park House About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
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Follow the path to Park House farm and continue towards Bordley Hall.
Bordley Hall About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
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At Bordley Hall, head north towards Bordley, an isolated farming hamlet high up in the dales.
Bordley About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid SD941649
At Bordley, head east uphill over Malham moor.
Wood Nook About 2.30 km (~1.43 miles) from
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The path descends again towards Wood Nook. Keep on the path heading roughly eastwards.
Threshfield About 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
OS Grid SD979638
As you reach the outskirts of Threshfield, take the road and follow it to the B6160.
Grassington About 2.11 km (~1.31 miles) from
OS Grid SE000639
Continue into Grassington for a well-earned pint. Buses back to Skipton from here.

2 comments... join the discussion!

30 Oct 2015
Reverse The Route

Hi Mac, good point about the transport. In winter it might make sense to reverse the walk and head towards Settle, as the transport connections there are better. Or plan to spend the night in Grassington, which has great pubs and fish and chips! One option is the Bunk Barn, which has single beds for £25 (when it's not block-booked): www.grassingtonbunkbarn.co.uk

28 Oct 2015
Bus Service

Just be wary that the bus service from Grassington back to Skipton/Ilkley is very limited. See the Dales Bus website at http://www.dalesbus.org/ for latest service times. Currently (Winter 2015)the latest return service from Grassington to Ilkley is at 17.40 and from Grassington to Skipton at 18.10

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