Where is this walk?

Gargrave and Skipton

May 15, 2018

Many stay in the market town of Skipton and take a walk along the canal between Gargrave and Skipton. However enjoy the views on the forestry track on the side of Flasby Fell.

The Walk

The walk has two distinct phases; the excellent section of canal side walking along a section of the Leeds Liverpool canal and then along the flanks of Sharp Haw . The section along the flanks of Sharp Haw is vastly improved with the new trees now taking effect (my previous visit was more like a walk through a wasteland). The views across the Leeds Liverpool canal and the River Aire towards Pendle Hill much improved as a result.

The tow path along between Gargrave and Skipton is very pleasant and fortunately not too long. I must admit canal side walking often leaves me a little cold, it is all a little samey for me and lacks interest. However the highlight of the walk in my opinion is to explore the little villages of Stirton and Flasby, both excellent and surprisingly unspoilt as they lie within touching distance of the A65. Fred Trueman lived in Flasby for many years, considering there is only a registered population of 80 then that says a lot about its personality.

Recommend

I have always been very impressed with the rhododendrons of the area near Flasby Hall. June is usually the best time to see them.

Navigation Tips between Gargrave and Skipton

Walking along forestry tracks is often difficult, they are tempting to follow (like sheep tracks) but are not the correct route. In this case ignore the footpath which winds its way along the slopes of Sharp Haw and stick to the forestry road.

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