North Bank Walks in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Weston Circular A six mile circular walk that includes the small historic hamlet of Weston, including its Grade 1 listed church and hall. The terrain is low level along gently sloping fields, lanes and farm tracks, with two short sections of road walking. There are two stiles. The route can be taken from the Askwith Arms car park (currently closed) if the stepping stones are impassable. One of the highlights is the friendly and welcoming Cockpit Farm Cafe at the half way stage, which is open all year round from Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
Askwith Circular A six mile circular walk that goes beyond Askwith climbing gently towards Askwith Moor with great views along the Wharfe Valley and towards Beamsley Beacon. The terrain uses gently sloping fields, lanes and farm tracks and goes past a number of farms. There are a small number of stiles. The route can be taken from the Askwith Arms car park (currently closed) if the stepping stones are impassable. The Askwith Arms, if it reopens, would provide the ideal refreshment stop on the return leg before re-crossing the stepping stone.
Other opportunities We will add route guides about other walks over time. In the meantime there are numerous options which short or long walkers can devise for themselves using Ordnance Survey map 297 'Lower Wharfedale and Washburn Valley'. These include:
A circular walk back to Burley via Denton and Denton Bridge. To avoid walking back to Burley along the busy A65, there are a couple of options of walking through Ben Rhydding to Clevedon House where refreshments can be had before returning to Burley across the fields.
Low or high level walks to Ilkley via Denton or Middleton.
Low or high level walks to Otley via Weston or Clifton.
A high level walk to Otley via Timble and the Washburn Valley, using part of the 6 Dales Trail.
Using public transport to Addingham, then across the pedestrian suspension bridge (yes, Addingham got there first!) and a high level walk back to Burley via Beamsley Beacon and the beautiful Lippersley Ridge.