Explore Kilnsey Crag

  • Enjoy the climbers on Kilnsey Crag
  • Countryside above Kilnsey great for children
  • Extend to Malham along Mastiles Lane

Any walk which takes in an iconic limestone cliff, the 180 foot Kilnsey Crag, the well preserved drover’s track to Malham, known as Mastiles Lane, Kilnsey Old Hall (now holiday cottages) and Kilnsey Park Trout Farm within a 2 mile walk must be worth a visit. The walk itself  is a bit of a mess until Mastiles Lane is reached but then improves dramatically.

I would suggest cutting straight across the road north of the Tennant’s Arms and then skirt under the southern escarpment in order to join Mastiles Lane, there is an intermittent track and it is much better than walking along the road and cutting through the private land of the Old Hall. Follow Mastiles Lane as far as you want before cutting back through the delightful valley above Kilnsey. Mastiles Lane was built originally by the Romans in the 1st Century, became well used by the Monks of Fountain’s Abbey, then became a Drover’s road over the upland Dales and today is one of the main walking tracks between Malhamdale and Wharfedale. The walk circles Kilnsey Park Trout Farm which does offer a very good morning out for a young family and includes an educational nature trail.

Recommend: Watching the rock climbers on Kilnsey Crag.

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OS Map: O/S 1/25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 980675. Park near the bridge on the side road to Conistone and head for the gap to the west of the bridge. Aim diagonally for Kilnsey Crag.
Height to Climb: 72 ms (236 feet)
Terrain: The route is only obvious in the 2nd half of the walk. Aim for the Crag directly at the start then cross the road directly and skirt along the limestone as you aim for the Lane.
Eating & Drinking: There is a tea shop at Kilnsey Trout Farm which is very good or the Tennant's Arms is on the main road.
Similar Walks Nearby: Grass Woods at Grassington
Lovely Littondale
The villages of Wharfedale
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