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Walking through Limestone

May 3, 2019

Walking through the limestone above Conistone is exceptionally enjoyable. The limestone creates a unique (in this country) backdrop to the walk. As a result take your time and explore the areas off path.

The Walk

Much of the pleasure of walking in the southern Dales is due to the excellence of the paths. As a result there are short grassy highways, unspoilt by thousands tramping on them and churning them up. After the initial climb from Conistone the gradients are not steep and it is easy to stride out whilst taking in the views as you walk. The limestone scenery dominates throughout. In particular there is an impressive limestone pavement just off the path having climbed out of the Dib. As a result I recommend starting the walk by entering the narrow limestone gorge of Conistone Dib. It is a spectacular dry and rocky valley surrounded by limestone scars/rock falls. All of this is created by the porous rock where streams that were are no more. As a result it is an an unusual place.

The final few miles are rewarded by the views across to Kilnsey Crag and the memory of the surprisingly symmetrical shape of the Conistone Pie. The Pie is an impressive land mark although whether it actually looks like a pie you can decide. Above Capplestone Gate there remains some evidence of the lead mining that occurred in the 19th century. Ancient arable fields can also be picked out above the village.  The church in Conistone is reputed to be the oldest building in the entire Craven area and a s result well worth exploring.


The O/S pillar at Capplestone Gate has wonderful views for a picnic spot.

Conistone provides the start for a walk to find the Remotest Spot in England.

Navigation Tips above Conistone

Walking through limestone rock can mean paths are difficult to follow. This may be because of the exposed rock or just that the grassy paths are on such thin soil and it becomes bare rock. This happens in the area above Conistone.

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