Hebden 08-03-2017 – Leader Josie

Hebden 08-03-2017 – Leader Josie

A bright and breezy day, with 22 bright and breezy ramblers – until Ann discovered that she had locked her keys and phone in the boot of her car!!  Some Googling by Beth for the number of the school where Ann’s son works led to an arrangement that he would bring over his spare set and leave them at the café.  However, while this was being arranged, Ann had an uncomfortable hour or so, beating herself up – as we all do in such a situation.  Josie led us away from the café where we were later to dine, passing the gold post box dedicated to local boy and triple Olympic champion Andrew Triggs-Hodge.  We headed north west, climbing steadily across the fields towards Garnshaw House, then continued along Edge Lane to our banana break in a disused quarry.  The views up to this point were superb, but they become even better as the weather brightened, though sometimes it was hard to see for runny eyes with the fresh wind – for me, at least.  Interestingly, next to this quarry is an area called Grassington Mire; we didn’t walk through it, but the name presaged the rather muddy conditions in the next part of the walk – though Roy’s title was never seriously threatened.

Now heading west past Intake Lathe and Spring Lathe (= barn, as in laithe), we apparently went along the edge of several mediaeval settlements, but there was nothing to be seen.  However, we did see some evidence of old mining activity, probably for lead.  We ascended northward through this limestone area, then circled around to reach our lunch break in the rather pleasant Grass Wood Nature Reserve, where the sun beat down upon us.  After lunch we continued delightfully through the woodland, with extensive views to the west, and dropped down to the River Wharfe, which was rushing madly down the valley after the rain overnight.  In lovely warm sunshine, with clear blue skies, we strolled easily along the river bank to the edge of Grassington, where we joined the Dales Way.  Walking along this route, we passed Linton Falls and the hydroelectric plant, before continuing beautifully along the river and back to Hebden.

Refreshments were very nicely taken in the Old School Tea Rooms, to end a really lovely day in one of our favourite areas, thanks to Josie.  It should be noted that although she is way behind Roy in the mud stakes, the number of stiles on the walk probably make her our stile queen.  Many thanks to those who made sure I was OK over said stiles, and to Mark for being my Sherpa today; I could get used to this!

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Graeme A.

    I can only echo what Jenny has said. Lovely walk – thanks Josie. Great photos and write up Arnold.

    Great tea & cake in Hebden.

  2. A lovely walk (apart from sticky mud) on a lovely spring day. Perfectly ordered sunshine Josie, thanks for a great day. Excellent photos, as usual, Arnold.

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