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Gentle climb along Moor Lane towards the open access moorland
Gentle climb along Moor Lane towards the open access moorland

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Route No. 802 - Thursday 6 February 2020
Linton, Well Lane, Moor Lane, Linton Moor,
Moor lane, B6265 circuit - 7km
Wharfedale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales, Southern & Western Areas


Pack horse bridge over Linton Beck seen from our parking spot
Pack horse bridge over Linton Beck seen from our parking spot

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Turning left to cross Linton Beck on the road bridge
Turning left to cross Linton Beck on the road bridge

Following the footpath along Well Lane
Following the footpath along Well Lane

Gate into the fields at the end of Well Lane
Gate into the fields at the end of Well Lane

After about 20m along the road we came to the junction with Lauradale Lane. At the junction we turned left and crossed the road bridge over Linton Beck. Immediately across the bridge we turned right off Lauradale Lane onto a public footpath along a track called Well Lane, following the beck downstream. We continued along this track for 400m to a kissing gate into a large field with sheep grazing. Just beyond the gate the path forked and we took the left hand fork up to a stone arch bridge across a disused railway at the top of the field.

There has been a high pressure weather system over us all week and the weather this morning was perfect for a walk with bright blue sky, a light breeze and a touch of frost. My friend Jim and I drove to the village of Linton near Grassington in Wharfedale. It is a very pretty and popular spot with some roadside parking near the village green in front of the pub. We found a parking spot at map ref. SD 997 628 with Linton Beck at the side of the road. From our parking spot we set off walking along the road next to Linton Beck.

Turning off the road to follow a track called Well Lane
Turning off the road to follow a track called Well Lane

Continuing our way along Well Lane
Continuing our way along Well Lane

Following the left hand fork in the path up to the old railway
Following the left hand fork in the path up to the old railway

Approaching the stone arch bridge over the old railway
Approaching the stone arch bridge over the old railway

Crossing the old railway on the bridge
Crossing the old railway on the bridge

Nearing the belt of trees across the field from the old railway
Nearing the belt of trees across the field from the old railway

Following the path by the wall down to Tarns Lane, B6265
Following the path by the wall down to Tarns Lane, B6265

Climbing gently along Moor Lane
Climbing gently along Moor Lane

We crossed the B6265 to Moor Lane opposite and walked along Moor Lane climbing gently for about 750 to a fork in the road. The right hand fork is called Grysedale Lane. We kept straight ahead along the unmade track that is the continuation of Moor Lane.

We crossed the bridge over the old railway and continued in a northwesterly direction through a belt of trees at the northwesterly side of the field. From the belt of trees we followed the public footpath next to a dry stone wall along the edge of the next two fields to a kissing gate on to the B6265 called Tarns Lane.

Heading for the belt of trees across the field from the bridge
Heading for the belt of trees across the field from the bridge

Looking down to Threshfield from the path
Looking down to Threshfield from the path

Across Tarns Lane we turned onto Moor Lane
Across Tarns Lane we turned onto Moor Lane

Climbing gently along Moor Lane
Climbing gently along Moor Lane

The surfaced road turns right to become Grysedale Lane, we kept straight on
The surfaced road turns right to become Grysedale Lane, we kept straight on

Continuing the gentle climb along Moor Lane
Continuing the gentle climb along Moor Lane

Gate across Moor Lane where the open access land begins
Gate across Moor Lane where the open access land begins

There is a fient track forking right at this post
There is a feint track forking right at this post

Just through this gate across the track we turned left
Just through this gate across the track we turned left . . .

After another 200m we came to another gate across the track. We passed through this gate and after 4 or 5 metres we turned left off the track to follow a narrow footpath to a gated stile through the wall at the corner of the field. We crossed stile. It was a bit awkward because the gate had a very strong spring!

We walked along this walled, unmade track, still climbing gently, for 500m to a gate across the track. Beyond the gate is open access moorland. About 120m beyond the gate the track bent to our left and there was a feint track continuing straight ahead. We ignored the feint track straight ahead and continued along the clear track to our left.

Continuing the gentle climb along Moor Lane
Continuing the gentle climb along Moor Lane

Grassy track across the moor from the gate
Grassy track across the moor from the gate

Continuing to climb up across the moor along the grassy track
Continuing to climb up across the moor along the grassy track

along this narrow foorpath to a stile about 40m away
. . . along this narrow footpath to a stile about 40m away

Gated stile through the wall to the path down to Eller Beck
Gated stile through the wall

Narrow footpath heading south down towards Eller Beck
Narrow footpath heading south down towards Eller Beck


Narrow footpath heading south down towards Eller Beck

A boggy part of the path heading down towards Eller Beck
A boggy part of the path heading down towards Eller Beck

We turned left and walked along the bridleway
We turned left and walked along the bridleway

The path continued heading southwards away from the dry stone wall and dropped down to meet a bridleway running along the bottom of the valley about 70m from Eller Beck. We followed the bridleway to a gate across the track at the end of the open access moorland.

Beyond the stile there was a clear path through the coarse moorland grass with wet boggy patches. From the gated stile the path was heading generally southwards, dropping down the hillside, and after about 300m the path was skirting a dry stone wall on our left.

Looking roughly eastwards towards Elbolton Hill
Looking roughly eastwards towards Elbolton Hill

A grassy part of the path heading down towards Eller Beck
A grassy part of the path heading down towards Eller Beck

Near the bottom of the hillside we came to this firm bridleway
Near the bottom of the hillside we came to this firm bridleway

We continued along the bridleway
We continued along the bridleway

At this gate the open access land ended and the bridleway continued along a walled track
At this gate the open access land ended and the bridleway continued along a walled track

Following the walled track towards Tarns Lane
Following the walled track towards Tarns Lane

Following the walled track towards Tarns Lane
Following the walled track towards Tarns Lane

Hill top to the left of the walled track
Hill top to the left of the walled track

The two collies turned the sheep into the field. We continued along the walled track (confusingly this walled track is also called Moor Lane on my explorer map, the same name as the track we followed from the B6265). After a little over 1km along the walled track from the open access moorland we came to the B6265 called Trans Lane.

From the gate there was a walled track stretching in a straight line as far ahead as we could see. There was a small flock of sheep being driven along the walled track by two collies and followed by the farmer in his land rover. We stepped into a gateway to let them pass. The farmer jumped out of his land rover and opened a field gate.

Following the walled track towards Tarns Lane
Following the walled track towards Tarns Lane

Nearing Tarns Lane along the walled track
Nearing Tarns Lane along the walled track

Gateway from the walled track on to Tarns Lane
Gateway from the walled track on to Tarns Lane

Crossing Tarns Lane, B6265, to the track opposite
Crossing Tarns Lane, B6265, to the track opposite

Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton
Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton

Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton
Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton

About to cross the bridge over the old railway
About to cross the bridge over the old railway

Just before the bridge there was a farm access road going off to our left. We continued straight on over the bridge and along the road for about 200m to the junction with Lauradale Lane.

We crossed the road and continued along the track on the opposite side of the road. We walked along this pleasant tree lined track for almost 800m to a road bridge over the disused railway.

Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton
Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton

Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton
Tree lined track from Tarns Lane towards Linton

Nearing Lauradale Lane along the track
Nearing Lauradale Lane along the track

Joining Lauradale Lane heading back into Linton
Joining Lauradale Lane heading back into Linton

Entering Linton along Lauradale Lane
Entering Linton along Lauradale Lane

Turning right off Lauradale Lane to the village green
Turning right off Lauradale Lane to the village green

Pack horse bridge over Linton Beck next to the ford
Pack horse bridge over Linton Beck next to the ford

We walked down the edge of the green to the pack horse bridge over Linton Beck. We cross ed pack horse bridge and then turned left to walk about 30m along the road to our parking spot and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 6.5km and it had taken us three hours to walk.

At the road junction we kept straight on along Lauradale Lane into Linton village. After about 200m from the junction we turned right for a few metres to the corner of the village green in front of the pub, the Fountaine Inn. On the corner of the green there is a sundial consisting of an armillary sphere on top of a fluted stone column.

Heading into Linton village along Lauradale Lane
Heading into Linton village along Lauradale Lane

Amillary sphere sundial in front of the Fountaine Inn
Armillary sphere sundial in front of the Fountaine Inn

Crossing the pack horse bridge
Crossing the pack horse bridge

Returning to our parking spot from the pack horse bridge at the end of our walk
Returning to our parking spot from the pack horse bridge at the end of our walk

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