Yet More Rambles from the Roundhouse
Distance: 6 miles / 9.7 km Ascent: 170 metres Terrain: Gently sloping field paths, lanes and farm tracks. There are two short sections of road walking. The route can be undertaken by starting at the Askwith Arms if the stepping stones are impassable. There are three stiles.
OS Explorer 297 - Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley
Starting Point and OS Grid reference: The Roundhouse, Burley-in-Wharfedale (SE166464).
Car Park is at rear of Queen's Hall
Introduction: This walk takes you through part of the industrial heritage of Burley in Wharfedale, including the attractive row of cottages at Iron Row, build about 1800 by the Burley Cotton Mill owners of Greenholme for their workers, then passing the old cotton mill itself. We then proceed along the course of the goit, which powered the mill and now provides hydro-electric power, before crossing the River Wharfe by the stepping stones, alongside the weir which made all the former possible. A walk through the fields brings us to the village of Askwith, where refreshments can be obtained at the Askwith Arms. A further refreshment opportunity arises at the cafe at Cock Pit Farm (open Thursdays to Sundays all year), after a further short rural ramble which offers good views across and along the Wharfe valley. Finally, we stroll to the tiny village of Weston, passing Weston Hall and Weston All Saints Church, both Grade 1 listed. The church dates from the 11th century with additions in the late 14th century and 1686. There is an unusual grave in the churchyard with rocks on it, one of which has cup and ring markings. Weston Hall is an intriguing jumble of structures, dating from the late 16th / early 17th centuries, though with Tudor origins. It is believed the house has never been on the market and has been passed on only by inheritance. There is a little road walking on the outward and return journeys along the Otley / Askwith road. This can be busy and care is needed. The walk starts at the Roundhouse in Burley Park.