Autumn is our favourite time of year to get out and explore. Summer may have the warmth and clear skies, but give me the brown and golden hues of autumn whilst wrapped up in layers any day. This Grassington to Hebden walk in the Yorkshire dales is a great way to explore the Dales and we couldn’t recommend this route any more.
Grassington To Hebden Route
Starting at Grassington National Trust centre the walk is around 4 miles long, which should take around a minimum of 1.5 hours to complete. Along the route, you’ll come across some fantastic sights including the old stone walls synonymous with the Yorkshire Dales, and rolling views.
You’ll head along Low Lane then onto High Lane following the old pack horse path between villages, which is around 1.5 miles to Hebden along this route. Head through woods then across fields to join a walled lane towards the village of Hebden. The walk offers fantastic views over lower Wharfedale looking towards Simon’s Seat and Barden.
The Grassington Park Estate meadows are some of the finest examples of herb-rich meadows in the Dales. Whilst in Hebden follow to where the Hebden Beck links up to the River Wharfe where you can enjoy a Victorian suspension footbridge. Head over to the Hebden Suspension Bridge for a piece of history.
Also in Hebden is a tea room found in what used to be a school, and a post office with a gold-painted postbox to commemorate the gold medal won in the 2012 Olympics by Andrew Tiggs Hodge.
As you head out from Hebden you will climb steadily through fields up to Edge Lane and be greeted with a fantastic view of Grass Wood Nature Reserve and Upper Wharfedale, which can be seen from the lane.
Continue along to the end of the lane to join the tarmac road. Turn left, heading back down into Grassington village to retrace your steps to the car park.
You can head into Grassington afterwards to grab a bite to eat and something to drink. We recommend the Devonshire Arms, which is also used as the front for Darrowby Arms in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in the town centre for a few bevvies.
For a more detailed route, check it out here.