Discovering Airedale

  • Views over Airedale
  • Interesting follies over Cowling
  • Pleasant dingly dell near Sutton

Considering how close Airedale is to some major urban centres it is not a popular walking area. However choosing the correct walk can be very rewarding. In particular this walk from Sutton-in-Craven and another in the nearby vale of Lothersdale are full of variety, interest and some spectacular views.

Starting in a pretty, wooded dell the track then climbs out on to the wild moors. It can be difficult to pick your way through the paths between the farms but the views tend to compensate. The walk then follows the line of Earl Crag with its ‘salt & pepper pot’ monuments at each end. The origin of these is a bit of a mystery (probably follies) but they benchmark a spectacular 1/2 mile of walking. The views on the return to Sutton are the best of the walk.


The land between the Keighley Road and the moor road is full of isolated farms and multitude of tracks. These are poorly signposted and can be difficult to follow but a great test of map reading skills!

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Sutton in Craven map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL21 South Pennines.
Start Point: SE 007442. I parked outside the church in the centre of Sutton-in-Craven.
Height to Climb: 285m (940 feet)
Terrain: Some rough walking near the farms with poor signposting but the remainder of the walk is straightforward on good tracks, paths and quiet roads.
Eating & Drinking: There is a choice of pubs in Sutton-in-Craven
Similar Walks Nearby: Exploring Lothersdale
Walking on Skipton Moor
Discovering Wuthering Heights
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