Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 18th Mar 2012
Distance: 2.5 miles
Ascent: 270 feet
Time: 2 hours 10 mins
With: Lisa and Rhiannon
Start Grid Ref: SE002637
A short family walk visiting Linton Falls with an exciting crossing of the stepping stones a bit further downstream.
Route Summary: Grassington - Sedber Lane - Linton Falls - Old Mill Lane - Stepping Stones - Church Street - Station Road - Grassington
1. Lisa and Rhiannon on Sedber Lane
2. The weir just above Linton Falls
3. The limestone rocks of Linton Falls
4. The River Wharfe
5. The stepping stones we attempted to cross
6. Linton Church
7. Lisa and Rhiannon by the Wharfe
8. Clouds reflected on the Wharfe
Walk Detail: It has become something of a tradition for us to head out to Grassington on Mother's Day for the short walk along the Wharfe from Linton Falls into Grassington and then have lunch in the Cobblestones Cafe.
This year, with Rhiannon a bit older, the aim was to extend the walk slightly by heading downstream from Linton Falls before crossing to the south bank of the river at the stepping stones near Linton Church and then walking back into Grassington on that side of the river.
That was fine in theory, in practice the stepping stones proved to be more difficult than expected. After getting half way across and having safely got Rhiannon over some slippery stones we found that one of the stones had been dislodged leaving a gap which we couldn't safely cross. Not wanting to go back I jumped into the river, which was knee deep, and carried Rhiannon across with Lisa following behind.
Rhiannon thought it was great fun and upon reaching the far bank I had to restrain her from wading into the river herself. Fortunately it was a sunny day and by the time we reached Grassington we'd dried off enough to have a wander around the market and enjoy jam and cream scones in the cafe. A nice end to an unexpectedly exciting little walk!