8.5 miles

Gargrave and Skipton

  • Gargrave and Skipton canal walk
  • Visit unspoilt villages
  • Good views from the flanks of Sharp Haw

The walk has two distinct phases; the excellent section of canal side walking along a section of the Leeds Liverpool canal and then along the flanks of Sharp Haw . The section along the flanks of Sharp Haw is vastly improved with the new trees now taking effect (my previous visit was more like a walk through a wasteland). The views across the Leeds Liverpool canal and the River Aire towards Pendle Hill much improved as a result.

The tow path along between Gargrave and Skipton is very pleasant and fortunately not too long. I must admit canal side walking often leaves me a little cold, it is all a little samey for me and lacks interest. However the highlight of the walk in my opinion is to explore the little villages of Stirton and Flasby, both excellent and surprisingly unspoilt as they lie within touching distance of the A65. Fred Trueman lived in Flasby for many years, considering there is only a registered population of 80 then that says a lot about its personality.


I have always been very impressed with the rhododendrons of the area near Flasby Hall. June is usually the best time to see them.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 932544
Height to Climb: 210m (690 feet)
Terrain: A mix of tow path, quiet roads and an excellent forest track.
Eating & Drinking: There are 3 pubs in Gargrave and the excellent 3 Peaks cafe right in its centre
Similar Walks Nearby: Discover Skipton Moor
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