What a fantastic base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales… Grassington!

Firstly, I apologise. I posted a photo of Catherine and myself atop Whernside on my Facebook page, whereas we had actually climbed Great Whernside! An easy mistake (I assumed Great would be the biggest, highest but NO!!). Whernside is one of ‘The Three Peaks‘ NOT Great Whernside! It’s only 30 metres shorter but I still feel obliged to go back and climb the ‘real’ Whernside now 😮

We visited Grassington a couple of weeks before Christmas. The decorations were up, Christmas markets in full swing and the pubs were brimming with early Xmas cheer! The most brilliant thing about this stay was that we were able to start walking right out the front door… no need to drive anywhere! Of course, returning home to a beautiful Yorkshire town in twilight after exploring the popular Dales Way, the River Wharfe, Grassington Moor or  villages such as Burnsall, Thorpe, Linton and Hebden was a wonderful way to end each trek! I confess – that ‘after walk pint’ beckoned every time!!

We managed to complete a different route everyday (six days in total) through mists and mud, sunshine and showers. The scenery was stunning. The Grassington pubs complete with roaring fires and tasty beers plus the cosy ‘Rose Cottage‘ with it’s lovely log burner, sturdy stone walls and very pretty patio garden provided the perfect end to every day of our stay.

The routes…

Conistone – Grassington 7 miles

Grassington 7 miles

Burnsall to Grassington

Whernside from Kettlewell

Grassington – Conestone Dib 8.3 miles

Bolton Abbey – Hare Head circular 7.5 miles