Dales Way: Burnsall to Kettlewell, January 17

Walk details

  • Route Burnsall – Loup Scar – Linton Falls – Grassington – Conistone Pie – Swineber Scar – Kettlewell
  • Distance 9.5 miles
  • Duration 4 hrs 37 mins
  • Getting there 874 from Leeds with a Freedom Rover ticket
  • Weather Distinctly spring-like.

Why this route?

  • One of my goals for this year is to section-walk some of the nearby long-distance paths, of which the Dales Way is one.
  • The forecast was better for Sunday than Saturday, and getting to Kettlewell is a lot easier on a Sunday.
  • I was vaguely hoping that despite Saturday’s rain, the quick-draining limestone wouldn’t be too muddy. I was wrong.
  • The Riverbank Coffee Hut at Burnsall does fantastic Fat Boys.

What did we learn?

  • The Riverbank Coffee Hut now also has an amazing brazier. The King’s Head in Kettlewell has a great fire.

Walk highlights

  • Loup Scar. Shining white in the sun.
  • The suspension bridge between Burnsall and  Linton – every so slightly terrifying to walk across.
  • Linton Falls, always.
  • Sheepfolds above Grassington, built on the remains of medieval villages. Layers upon layers of history.
  • The view down Conistone Dib.
  • Conistone Pie.

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