Cracoe & Rylstone Cross

  • Lovely walk on an escarpment
  • Good views over the southern dales
  • Enjoy a pint at the Angel

Even though I have included Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Monumnet on a walk from Embsay I fancied a closer exploration of the gritstone rock which therefore necessitated a walk from the west. Hetton was the choice to start even though it was 1/2 a mile further than Rylstone or Cracoe but a pint sat outside the Angel was a suitably attractive incentive.

The moor (access land) is soon reached from Rylstone (home of the Calendar Girls) with bleak peaty moorland stretching far out to the west and south. However the walk sticks to the escarpment edge and is great fun – first Rylstone Cross is passed (impressive but being honest I have no idea what it’s history or purpose is, please enlighten me if you know) and a mile further on Cracoe Monument (a war monument for the residents of Cracoe and nearby farms) both spectacularly perched on outcrops of sandy rock overlooking the dales below. Finally the path drops steeply towards Cracoe and a short walk back to Hetton. The pleasure of this walk is the path on the escarpment and the scrambling on the boulders that pepper its edges – a good half day.

Recommend: There is a Marilyn 1 mile to the north east of Cracoe Monument….trackless!

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Cracoe & Rylstone Cross map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 961588. On the road near the Angel in Hetton. There is a path cross country to Rylstone but best to keep to the minor road to Rylstone and then cross the B6265 almost immediately, up the lane past the church and turn right.
Height to Climb: 314ms (1,030 feet)
Terrain: The peat on the escarpment can become rather claggy after rain but generally it is easy going.
Eating & Drinking: The Devonshire at Cracoe is tempting for an affordable meal but for a pint not much beats the Angel Inn at Hetton.
Similar Walks Nearby: Bordley under Malham Moor (7.5 miles)
Sharp How & Flasby from Skipton (6.5 miles)
Villages of Wharfedale (7 miles)
Places to Stay:


Fountaine Inn, Linton