Boots & Beer Walking Weekender Grassington, Wharfedale
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
NB: Please provide your own outdoor clothing and kit if you can. The evening social events may be subject to Covid restrictions.
Grassington is a beautifully quaint village that lies in the heart of Wharfedale, famed for its narrow alleyways (called ‘folds’), cobbled square and as the setting for the latest TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. The walking around Grassington is superb, with limestone ravines, ancient woodland, magnificent waterfalls, beautiful villages, crumbling remains of old lead mines and wild moorland. Grassington is one of the best centres for walking in the Yorkshire Dales, and is a lovely place to spend a weekend.
The Devonshire is wonderful country inn overlooking Grassington’s main square, and is a Timothy Taylor’s ‘house’ – enough said!
Mark Reid has written several books about the Yorkshire Dales, including The Inn Way… to the Yorkshire Dales, and so knows the surrounding fells, hills and dales like the back of his hand.
Walking Weekender based from: The Devonshire, Grassington
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at The Devonshire for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:45pm) – Meal at The Devonshire (optional) followed by a Pub Quiz with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
There will be a choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Richard Tarran (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the dales, fells, hills and moors of Wharfedale. Routes will include Grass Wood, Ghastrill’s Strid, Lea Green, Yarnbury, Mossdale, Meugher, Conistone Dib, Grassington Moor, Thorpe, Elbolton Hill and Burnsall Fell – superb walks full of interest and variety. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and hills routes. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We will offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Grassington facilities & accommodation
How to get to Grassington
Grassington is situated along the B6265 near its junction with the B6160, in the heart of Wharfedale in the southern Yorkshire Dales (10 miles north of Skipton). The nearest train station is at Skipton, from where there is good public transport links.
Grassington offers plenty of facilities including three pubs, a hotel, several B&Bs, various shops, cafes and restaurants, small supermarket and a National Park Information Centre. The nearest Youth Hostel is at Kettlewell (10 minutes drive away), and there are campsites at nearby Kettlewell, Threshfield and Appletreewick.
Grassington offers a range of accommodation, including…
The Devonshire, Grassington
Black Horse, Grassington
Foresters Arms, Grassington
Grassington House Hotel
Grassington Village Website
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 24,000 miles of footpaths over the past 24 years, and has taken over 12,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
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Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day’s walk in the Yorkshire Dales.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders.
- So far, we have taken over 12,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on here
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).