Grass Woods near Grassington

  • A place of peace and tranquility
  • Plenty of wildlife can be seen
  • Return via the River Wharfe

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has done an excellent job protecting and upgrading the Grass Woods near Grassington. The largest Ash woodland in the Dales is a truly magical place, ideal for an afternoon stroll along one of the many footpaths which weave through the hillside. Geologically it is set upon a series of limestone terraces and is a place of some historical significance. Fort Gregory is the site of an ancient Brigantean (Brits at the time of the Romans) settlement but to be honest I tripped over it and still did not notice it was there. The star of the show is the wonderful flowers which decorate the floor of the woods; yellow pimpernel, bluebells and lily of the valley are just 3 in an area which is a botanist’s delight.

Time of the year is important here; I was probably a little late on my last visit, May and June being the best time to visit. Deer roam the woods and there is a significant variety of bird life to be seen for those in the know; woodpeckers, treecreepers and woodcocks are all popular residents. There is a real silence in these woods, different to that in a manufactured coniferous forest, which is pleasant and almost timeless. The wooded area is really not that big so I would suggest just picking your own route and spending as much time in the woods as you want.

Recommend: Start off by heading for the woods but return via the banks of the River Wharfe. It is an attractive section of the river and should not be missed.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 001640. Parking is available in Grassington. Head up Grass Wood Lane and before taking the right turn towards Cove Lane and the woods.
Height to Climb: 129 ms (423 feet)
Terrain: Cove Lane can be muddy or worse (it is a farm track!) but the remainder of the walk is on good paths.
Eating & Drinking: Grassington has a full range of excellent tea rooms and a choice of pubs.
Similar Walks Nearby: Exploring Kilnsey Crag
Villages of Wharfedale
Bordley under Malham Moor
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