4.3 of 5 (3 votes)

Clapham to Horton via Crummack Dale

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 11.80km (7.33 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 271m (889ft)
Descent 159m (521ft)
Max. Elevation 380m (1246ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 430m (1410ft)
Clapham railway station
Distance 11.80km
Duration ~4:15h
2Created by mac.hawk on 10 Apr 2011
A wonderful, short railway walk through heavy limestone country along bridleways, footpaths and a little road walking. Fantastic views from the valley of the limestone crags of Robin Proctors Scar, Moughton, Thwaite, Crummack Dale and the pavements at Thieves Moss. A few uphill sections, nothing too dramatic so children 10+ should be fine. Route is approx 8 miles on foot and is easily do-able in 4 hours. Ideal for those in West Yorkshire as Clapham is on the Leeds-Morecambe line and Horton on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle. Simple day return ticket to Clapham is fine if returning from Horton (no extra cost - from Leeds in 2011 it cost is £15)). 4 hours matches pretty nicely with train times in both directions (it's little tight Mon-Fri, Saturday is fine). Outside the summer timetable forget about it on Sunday unless you do the reverse using the SC line on the 9.00 and 13.51 trains to catch the 18.39 back from Clapham to Leeds.

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Leave the railway station and follow the road to Clapham village. Cross Clapham Beck by the bridge near The New Inn and continue ahead.
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Take the bridleway that passes the church on your left and goes under the tunnel.
About 2.09 km (~1.3 miles) from
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Continue on ahead on the bridleway that is Thwaite Lane to reach the road.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Upon reaching the road that is Crummack Lane turn left (north) and follow it as it initially descends before ascending, then turning to track and reaching the farm at Crummack.
About 1.77 km (~1.1 miles) from
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Upon reaching the farm at Crummack carry on ahead following the waymaker indicators through a gate and then follow the wall on your right for approx 250 metres to reach another gate and pass through. Carry on ahead as the wide path leaves the wall on the right to follow route indicator piles of stones and wooden waymarker posts along a relatively flat section to reach the short uphill climb to Beggar's Stile.
About 2.20 km (~1.37 miles) from
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An obvious footpath leads uphill to reach a gate at the head of Thieves Moss and onto Sulber Gate. Pass through and turn right through another gate following another very wide path to a crosstracks marker post (forever know in my circles as Alan's post).
About 1.87 km (~1.16 miles) from
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At the waymarker post turn right (east) following the route of the 3 Peaks, downhill for 1.5 miles to reach the railway station at Horton in Ribblesdale.
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
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There are no toilets at the railway station. It's about a quarter of a mile to the village where (good) public toilets can be found. The village itself has 2 pubs, a cafe (with tourist information) and a local store. If you have time please visit one (or all!) of these to help keep local facilities open.
About 2.75 km (~1.71 miles) from

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22 Jul 2014
The Shop

3 years after my initial post this is still a fabulous walk but alas, the store in Horton has long since closed - there's now a mobile shop (not phones!!) at the end of the lane just beyond St Oswald's Church though selling general provisions (nothing alcoholic).

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