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Exploring the mines around Grinton

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England, about 8.04km (5.00 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 325m (1066ft)
Loss 321m (1053ft)
Max. Elevation 510m (1673ft)
Elevation (total) 646m (2119ft)
Start & End
Distance 8.04km
Duration ~3:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 03 Jul 2011
A short walk around the moors and ruined mines near Grinton in Swaledale. The buses that run along Swaledale from Richmond all call at Grinton. The town itself is interesting, with its old bridge and 15th century church. But if you're like me, you'll want to be straight on to the hills behind the village.

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Walk Map


OS Grid SE047984
Take the bus to Grinton, in Swaledale. Buses from Richmond travel up Swaledale.
Grinton Lodge About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid SE047975
Follow the steep road heading south out of the village, past Grinton Lodge. Once a former shooting lodge, it is now one of the nicer youth hostels and worth booking here if planning an extended stay.
Grinton smelt mill About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SE049964
Beyond the lodge, you can explore the old mine ruins. These well-preserved buildings date back to the 1700s.
Ridley Hush About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
OS Grid SE044962
Just uphill from the mine works are a series of hushes, including Ridley hush. These streams are another relic of the mining days. Mine workers would block the stream close to a mineral vein. Once sufficient water had built up, they would release the dam and the force of the water would scour out the hillside to reveal the minerals hidden below. Clever stuff.
Greets Hill About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from
OS Grid SE028956
Continue up to the top of Greets Hill for wonderful views deep into Swaledale.
Harkerside Moor About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid SE027969
Dropping down the northern side of the hill will lead you to a mazy network of footpaths, which no doubt all had a specific purpose at one time or another. Pick your path back to Grinton.
Grinton Gill About 1.85 km (~1.15 miles) from
OS Grid SE043978
I took this one down to Grinton Gill. Why? it's the quickest route back to the village...
Grinton again About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid SE046983
...which has a very fine pub, the Bridge Inn. Right by the bus stop too, very handy.

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