Explore Kilnsey Crag with this short walk. The cliff face is spectacular but there are also good views across the Wharfe above Conistone. Extend the walk bu continuing along Mastilles Lane towards Malham.
Any walk which takes in an iconic limestone cliff, the 180 foot Kilnsey Crag, the well preserved drover’s track to Malham, known as Mastiles Lane, Kilnsey Old Hall (now holiday cottages) and Kilnsey Park Trout Farm within a 2 mile walk must be worth a visit. The walk itself is a bit of a mess until Mastiles Lane is reached but then improves dramatically.
I would suggest cutting straight across the road north of the Tennant’s Arms and then skirt under the southern escarpment in order to join Mastiles Lane, there is an intermittent track and it is much better than walking along the road and cutting through the private land of the Old Hall. Follow Mastiles Lane as far as you want before cutting back through the delightful valley above Kilnsey. Mastiles Lane was built originally by the Romans in the 1st Century, became well used by the Monks of Fountain’s Abbey, then became a Drover’s road over the upland Dales and today is one of the main walking tracks between Malhamdale and Wharfedale. The walk circles Kilnsey Park Trout Farm which does offer a very good morning out for a young family and includes an educational nature trail.
Watching the rock climbers on Kilnsey Crag.
The main track from the road passes through Kilnsey Trout Farm to the north of the fishing lakes.
When you cross the road to head up towards the crag you must turn left and head down to the pub to join the lane as there is no route across from this point. Please check your maps
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