Where is this walk?

Sharp Haw and Flasby Hall

October 18, 2017

Sharp Haw is the highest point near Skipton with Flasby Hall the far point on the walk. Between lies some rough ground but good tracks in the main. Park at the Craven Heifer to start the walk.

The Walk

The Sharp Haw and Flasby Hall walk has no difficulties and is a straightforward walk from Skipton. However within the relatively small area there is an excellent variety of scenery. Starting and finishing with a walk through open fields, there is also a mile and a half of open moorland (with excellent views) leading to the twin summits. In addition there is a long flat section through forestry, a rather desolate scene truth be told. Flasby is a small hamlet which is worth visiting simply because of the lovely gardens of Flasby Hall.

The twin summits above Flasby include the Marilyn of Sharp Haw (1117′) and the slightly lower Rough How, both worth the extra few metres effort for their wide reaching views and peaceful outlook. The route outlined is clearly my favourite but one of the pleasures of this ‘mini massif’ is that you can pick your own. Certainly a detour along the boulders overlooking Gargrave and a shortcut cutting out Flasby is a good alternative. It is an area you simply cannot go wrong in.


Best done during May/June when the rhododendrons near Flasby Hall are at their best.

Navigation Tips up Sharp Haw

Start at the Craven Heifer, cross the road and pick your way up to the main path alongside a fence.

Returning through the forest do not leave the obvious forest track looking for the marked path.

1 Comment
  • Alan Hornsby says:

    22 November 2018 wet and murky morning but I had promised myself this walk so of I trot, visibility not to good but can see summit from Bog Lane. Did the route anti clockwise good job as on the return the mist dropped onto the moor but easy walking down the track back to the car.
    Bit wet on the return but an enjoyable walk.

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