The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the finest scenery in the whole of the UK, characterised by stone-built villages nestled amongst a landscape of barns, dry-stone walls and rolling heather meadows. Each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, complemented by some of the finest limestone landscapes in Britain, including crags, pavements and an underground labyrinth of caves.
Follow the trails and you’ll find spectacular waterfalls, ancient broadleaved woodland, the scattered remains of former mine workings and many other untouched rural industries which remind us of the area’s rich industrial heritage.
The Dales are well worth a visit at any time of the year, with an open fire to welcome you back from a winter’s walk or a picnic alongside a riverbank to enjoy in the warmer weather.
The Devonshire have created two scenic adventures to get you started on your discovery of the beauty of the Grassington and Upper Wharfedale area. Whether you are by foot or pedal power the routes will show off the best of the immediate area, conveniently looping back to Grassington where you’ll find a welcome pint, bite to eat or welcoming bed.
If you feel like being a little more adventurous, more walks and routes can be found further down this page or check out www.yorkshiredales.org.uk
This route takes you to a little known Bronze Age stone circle, a hidden dale that doesn’t even have a name, drift on through a time capsule of a village that could be plucked from a period drama and behold the magnificent view of Burnsall that you won’t find on any postcards.
The outgoing leg of this varied walk takes you from The Devonshire in Grassington market square up to Yarnbury to explore the old lead mine workings. You then follow pretty Hebden Beck to link up with the River Wharfe which provides a gentle return to Grassington.
In 2014 Grassington was lucky enough to be part of the route for the Yorkshire leg of the Tour De France. Starting and finishing in Grassington, it follows quiet roads, takes in four classic climbs and provides views of some great Yorkshire Dales scenery. Taking in around 125km, the full route is quite a challenging but hugely rewarding. Read more here on the Cycle the Dales website.
If you feel like being more adventurous, the following links provide a host of information and more routes.
dalesbikecentre.co.uk (image to the right from Dales Bike Centre Website)
Fancy a bike ride but not sure if your legs can handle it? Contact Grassington E Bikes at www.grassingtonebike.co.uk
We can accommodate a small number of cycles on site on a first come first served basis.
Secure indoor cycle storage is available for larger groups at Grassington Town Hall at a cost of £1.50 per cycle per night.
The following local walks have been put together by some of our locals that frequent our pub. You can download a PDF map using the links below.