Grassington Moor

Grassington Moor Leadmining Trail

Walk Summary

A short but fascinating walk following the waymarked Grassington Moor Leadmining Trail visiting the remains of the once thriving lead mining industry on the moors above Grassington.

Distance: 3.2 miles
Total ascent: 600ft
Walk Rating: *****
Parking: Roadside, Yarnbury
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

Grassington Moor is one of my favourite places in the Yorkshire Dales. I’ve visited the lead mining remains on the moor many times, always as part of a longer route. However, I have never properly followed the short waymarked Grassington Moor Leadmining Trail and visited all 18 information panels. With it being Mother’s Day, and Grassington being one of my wife’s favourite places, I decided therefore that this would be the perfect opportunity to do this as a family walk.

The walk starts at the end of Moor Lane, a long road on to the moor that climbs out of Grassington from the top of the main street. There is room to park cars at the side of the road opposite the large house at Yarmbury. A large information board provides some details about the trail whilst just north of where we parked is the first information panel. The walk is a simple case of following the information panels.

The information panels in numerical order are as follows:

  1. Inclined Shaft
  2. The Tramway
  3. Yarnbury House
  4. Yarnbury (Wash) Dam
  5. Low Grinding Mill
  6. Shallow Shafts
  7. Horse Whim
  8. Beever’s Engine Shaft
  9. Bouse Teams
  10. Wheel House
  11. Cockbur Powder House
  12. Cupola Smelt Mill
  13. Condenser House
  14. The Flue
  15. The Chimney
  16. Coalgrovebeck Reservoir
  17. High Winding House
  18. High Grinding Mill

The waymarked trail ends at the High Grinding Mill. From there we followed the track back down to cross over Hebden Gill. Here, instead of retracing our steps along the Duke’s New Road, we took a path to a gate on our right. This led to Old Moor Lane, turning left on this we followed it all the way back to the car at Yarnbury.

It was great to finally visit every information panel in a short, self-contained walk. We got quite lucky with some of the only sunny spells of the day and the cloudy skies were really quite dramatic. It is worth noting that there are some interesting mining remains that are not included on the trail. These include a number of small reservoirs and dams higher up the moor. For photos of some of these please see my walk report for a walk I did from Grassington Moor over into Mossdale.

Having returned to the car we drove back down into Grassington and stopped off for lunch at the Cobblestones Café, our favourite café in Grassington. It was the perfect end to a lovely family day out for Mother’s Day.

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