Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 23rd July 2014
Distance: 5.8 miles
Ascent: 740 feet
Time: 2 hours 25 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD989635
An easy evening walk from Threshfield on to Threshfield Moor using a selection of good tracks.
Route Summary: Threshfield - Moor Lane - Threshfield Moor - High Moss - Height Laithe - Height House - Wood Nook - Skirethorns - Skirethorns Lane - Threshfield Moor
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Walk Detail: Once again taking advantage of the long evenings and fine weather I set off after work for this easy ramble around Threshfield Moor. Quite rarely for a walk in Wharfedale much of this route was new territory to me. Indeed my main purpose for choosing this walk was to check out the potential of the bridleways for one of my first forays into the Yorkshire Dales on my mountain bike.
Parking up just off the main road alongside the small green opposite the pub the beginning of the walk was an easy gradual climb up Moor Lane. Initially surfaced it turned into a stony track at the junction with Grysedale Lane. By this point the retrospective views over this section of Wharfedale were already very good. More interest was added to the walk as the bridleway entered access land and passed numerous spoil heaps from mine workings.
Continuing along the track climbing gently and fairly uneventfully I then came to a junction with another bridleway which I followed north across Threshfield Moor and over High Moss to reach a sudden change to limestone scenery at Higher Heights Holes. Passing an old barn I walked up to some limestone outcrops to eat my tea before starting the return walk via Height Laithe and Height House. The dominating feature of this part of the walk was the nearby Cave Scar with the dark opening of Height Cave clearly visible from a distance.
An enjoyable grass path through the bracken below Cow Close Wood eventually brought me to the caravan and camping site at Wood Nook. Passing through the campsite and down the access road it was then an easy walk back to Threshfield along the road passing the houses at Skirethorns with their attractive green.
This was a really easy walk and worth doing for those who already have explored a lot of Wharfedale. For anyone new to the area I think there are quite a few more interesting walks that I'd recommend doing before this one.