The River Wharfe below Ghaistrill's Strid

River Wharfe and Grass Wood

Walk Summary

A lovely river and woodland walk from Grassington following the River Wharfe upstream from Linton Falls to Ghaistrill's Strid and Lower Grass Wood before returning via Grass Wood and Cove Lane.

Distance: 5 miles
Total ascent: 690ft
Walk Rating: ****
Parking: National Park car park, Grassington
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

Grassington has long been one of Lisa’s favourites places and of the walks we’ve done in the area, Grass Wood is the one we seem to go back to most often. On this occasion we also took Barry, our young cavapoo for his first visit.

Usually we would do this walk anti-clockwise but on this occasion we decided to head down Sedber Lane from the National Park car park to visit Linton Falls. Without crossing the bridge at the bottom we turned right on the path heading upstream to reach Grassington Bridge. Crossing over the road we then followed the path back down to the river to continue pleasantly along upstream.

"As well as the primroses there were also violets and bluebells on the woodland floor. The thing I like most though about Grass Wood are the mossy rocks and trees which give it a very atmospheric feeling. "

As the river began to curve to the left the bank became rockier and we soon reach Ghaistrill’s Strid. Like the more famous Strid further downstream near Bolton Abbey this strid also sees the river forced into a deep rocky channel. Continuing on across a large sheep pasture the riverbank path then us into Lower Grass Wood. There are a number of paths and options, we generally stayed on the lowest paths to remain close to the river. Coming to a large pebble beach we stopped for a while so Barry could enjoy a paddle.

Continuing on we soon came to Grass Wood Lane. Turning left on this quiet country lane between Grassington and Conistone we followed it until reaching grid reference SD980656 where we took a wide track heading into Grass Wood. As we climbed gently up the path we saw clumps of primroses and one large area of wild garlic which was getting ready to flower. There were also occasional views up the valley towards Kilnsey Scar and Buckden Pike.

On coming to a junction we stayed on the wider main track to carry on pleasantly through the woods. As well as the primroses there were also violets and bluebells on the woodland floor. The thing I like most though about Grass Wood are the mossy rocks and trees which give it a very atmospheric feeling.

Just as we reached the far side of the woods it began to rain. As we began walking along Cove Lane it began to fall quite heavily and Barry who was only just beginning to dry off from his dip in the river started to look particularly bedraggled. Fortunately the rain didn’t last too long and by the time we arrived at the top of the main street in Grassington the sun was finally making an appearance. We finished an enjoyable outing by having scones and cream sat outside the Stripey Badge Bookshop and Café.

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