Grass Woods near Grassington is a lovely and popular area of woodland. Set beside the River Wharfe it makes for a straightforward walk amidst beautiful scenery.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has done an excellent job protecting and upgrading the Grass Woods near Grassington. The largest Ash woodland in the Dales is a truly magical place, ideal for an afternoon stroll along one of the many footpaths which weave their way through the woodland Geologically Grass Woods are set upon a series of limestone terraces and is a place of some historical significance. Fort Gregory is the site of an ancient Brigantean (Brits at the time of the Romans) settlement. However I must have tripped over it and still did not notice it was there. The star of the show is the wonderful flowers which decorate the floor of the woods. For example yellow pimpernel, bluebells and lily of the valley are just three in an area which is a botanist’s delight.
Time of the year is important here. As a result I was probably a little late on my last visit, May and June being the best time to visit. Deer roam the woods and there is a significant variety of bird life to be seen for those in the know. Examples include woodpeckers, tree creepers and woodcocks, all of which are popular residents. There is a real silence in these woods, different to that in a manufactured coniferous forest, which is pleasant and almost timeless. The wooded area is really not that big. Therefore I would suggest just picking your own route and spending as much time in the woods as you want.
Start off by heading for the woods but return via the banks of the River Wharfe. It is an attractive section of the river and should not be missed.
In the woods there are a number of tracks and no restrictions on which one to take. It is worth spending some time walking up and down a couple of paths. It is not a big area. Eventually you you find your way, over the lane to path on the banks of the Wharfe.
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