Five More Rambles from The Roundhouse
Otley Chevin and Surprise View
Distance: 8.6 miles/13.8 km. Ascent: 688 feet / 210 metres. Terrain: Lanes and farm tracks, field, woodland and moorland paths. Gentle ascents with short stretches of road walking. 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 to Otley Chevin (Surprise View) at 925 ft (282metres). It was a site for a warning beacon and you can make out the hill of another at Beamsley Beacon across the valley. Evidently a Roman road ran along the ridge linking York (Eboracum) with Ilkley (Olicana). The views across Wharfe dale are some of the best in the area. At one time, there was a cottage here, known as Jenny’s Cottage, which became a tea room. It has quite an interesting history and there is an extensive information board about it. Long distance views appear at various points on the walk: up towards the Yorkshire Dales, over Airedale and towards Leeds. The walk has the bonus of a refreshment stop at The Royalty pub, the half way point, after which the walk is all downhill!