Grassington: the Lead Mines Walk

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Grassington was the lead mining capital of the Dales up to the end of the 19th Century and hundreds of acres of the fells to the north are covered with remains. This walk only touches the fringes of this area, but is enough to give a taste of the intense industrial activity that characterised what is now a tourist area. If you do explore further, remember that many of the mines are uncapped and unrecorded. The walk joins a signposted route where information boards describe the buildings and remains.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife
10/15/2013 - mark archer

Like the last reviewer, I too detoured to have a look at the waterfalls on Hebden Beck in Hebden Ghyll, but I turned right at WP14 instead of left as instructed. I find social history fascinating, and if that's your bag, then it is possible to spend many a happy minute at Yarnbury, walking around the remains of Grassington Lead Mines. Many noticeboards are in place on a historic trail as Jim indicates in his preamble note. The whole walk was not overly demanding but I still felt I was well away from civilisation, when Grassington was a mere half hour away. Parking in Grassington at £4 for more than two hours was a bit steep but overall a super walk once again Jim!

9/13/2010 - Barry Smith

We did this walk last week but extended it to take in Hebden Brook and Hebden Gill. Well worth the effort. Fabulous walk that takes in some of the best remnants of the past industry of the area. Well done Jim, highly recommended walk! Barry Smith.

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