Gargrave - Pennine Way - Carleton-in-Craven - Gargrave

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Gargrave - Pennine Way - Thornton-in-Craven - Roman Road - Carleton-in-Craven - Gargrave

Although certain sections of the Pennine Way are notoriously boggy underfoot, this section of the walk is over firm, grassy farmland. In fact the condition of the path in general was much better than this walker anticipated. Most pathways were clearly visible and stiles well-maintained, but the grass was not trodden down to mud or hard ground except near cattle gates. Bear in mind however, that this walk passes over working farmland and as there are cattle and sheep in most fields, dogs are not recommended.

In fields that have newly-sown grass, the path will not be visible, so a map is essential. A little-known but endearing feature of long-distance paths like this is that there are, here and there, discreet little notices judiciously attached to a tree or a fencepost, alerting the sharp-eyed to nearby B&Bs with phone numbers and email addresses, should the walk be taking longer than you planned.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Pennines


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/1/2014 - Mike Smalley

15. Single plank bridge has been replaced by a more substantial wider one. 37. There is a Public Footpath fingerpost now. 38. The stile has been replaced with a new one. No bull in the field. 46 to 49. We got completely lost between these stations as the landscape seems to have been altered. We could find no gates to match descriptions and no footpath signs. We ended up going along a track to a small step-over stile in the middle of a barbed wire fence, crossing a field to an old ladder stile and onto the disused railway track which took us to Heslaker Lane. The fields around Pastures House were being turned into what appeared to be some kind of assault course to be used this weekend 2/3 August.

7/27/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Andy for updating this walk and dealing with Barbara, Jeff and Millie's comments. Walkingworld Admin

5/1/2011 - Barbara Howcroft

We did this walk on Saturday the 30th of April 2011. It was a very enjoyable walk on a lovely day. Our dog Millie just had to be kept on the lead going through farmland but we made it up to her when she could swim in the river!! Barbara & Jeff Howcroft and of course Millie the dog.

12/3/2004 - Sam Roebuck

We did this excellent walk on a sunny December day. The views were worth tramping through the deep winter mud for. 1:25000 map recommended, as some of the field paths disappear out of season.

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