Miles
3

Feizor & Austwick

D166
  • Short walk on good bridleways
  • Working farming landscape
  • Plenty of limestone scenery

It was a typically windy day in March when I decided on a whim to take the short walk between Feizor & Austwick. I had faint hopes of some spring sunshine (n chance) but really I was looking for my first lambs of the year. I found some. Despite the inclement weather it did feel that spring should not be far off.

The walk offers a proper taste of a working Dales landscape. There is a mix of of small grey stone hamlets and barns, fields of sheep (and lambs) all with a backdrop of limestone scars and rock falls. There are always farmers about their business, repairing walls, calling their sheep or one of the other many jobs they undertake.

The walking is easy on good bridlepaths unless you want to climb the hill and explore the SSSI of Oxenber & Wharfe Woods. Here the limestone bedrock is rich in ash, hazel and hawthorn trees and the grykes in the rock full of such rare plants as Green Spleenwort and Mountain Melick.

Recommend:

I prefer to start this walk from Feizor, because I like the cafe, but it is just as easy to start from Austwick, particularly for those liking a pint.

nb: The walk is spread over 2 maps, the majority is in OL2 but Feizor itself sits in OL41.

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Austwick & Feizor map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West YD South & West OL2 Buy Map
Start Point: SD 790676. There is parking at the cafe in Feizor, just pop in for a cuppa before or after!
Height to Climb: 140m (460 feet)
Terrain: Mainly on farm tracks. Near Wharfe there are 2 alternatives, I took the shorter route but it was wet underfoot.
Eating & Drinking: The cafe at Feizor is excellent, so is the Game Cock pub in Austwick.
Similar Walks Nearby: Catrigg Force from Stainforth
Limestone Walking at Feizor
Villages & Waterfalls near Settle
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