In Sight of Simon’s Seat

  • Lovely stretch of River Wharfe
  • Beautiful valley walk
  • Open views on high moorland

Surrounded by the hot spots of Burnsall, Grassington and Bolton Abbey the pretty little village of Appletreewick is not quite an oasis of tranquility but the countryside that surrounds it offers an excellent walk without lots of unwelcome company. The river bank of the Wharfe is also easier to relax by than those near Grassington or Burnsall, whilst the moors above Appletreewick offer extensive views from the excellent bridleway.

The valley of Trollers Gill is full of interest and intrigue (try and get a view of Parcevall Hall from the path, what are the mysterious mine workings?) and worth spending sometime exploring. The route passes 3 camp sites which I always feel has a positive effect on an area; it encourages outdoor living and outdoor attitudes. The walkers I met were relaxed and happy, the locals friendly and this is certainly one of my favourite walks.

Recommend: Ignore the no public access notice on the track to the river – it is very old and there are no complaints from the locals.

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Start Point: SE 050601. Appletreewick. Parking is ok in the village, just make sure you are tucked away.
Height to Climb: 254 ms (833 feet)
Terrain: Excellent walking at all stages of this walk and well sign posted.
Eating & Drinking: Both the New Inn, which is in Appletreewick and the Craven Arms, up from the campsite, are good Dales pubs. It is nice to have a choice.
Similar Walks Nearby: Simon’s Seat via the Valley of Desolation
Villages of Wharfedale
Grimwith Reservoir via Hebden Beck
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