Burnsall to Grass Wood, 1.4.19


It was a grey day and somewhat chilly after the promise of recent weather.  Visually a “low contrast” sort of day, which was certainly evident in the pictures that I made en route.  That raised a later question when sat at the computer “developing” the images, which was about how hard I should try to increase the contrast in Lightroom, seeking almost to bring the sun out, which had in fact been extremely reluctant.  

The walk itself is straightforward and fairly flat.  Much of it is on the Dales Way and is riverside and on good paths, and the conditions were quite dry underfoot.  There’s something of a climb up into Grassington from Linton and then a more substantial climb and subsequent descent within Grass Wood itself. Then back to the river and an easy stride downstream returning to the car.

It’s was easy on the eye all the way really.  In particular there are two lovely reaches of the Wharfe just above Burnsall and then just above Grassington.  The latter known as Ghaistley Strid is a drastic narrowing of the river (rather like the Strid above Bolton Abbey) which was an impressive sight even with the river at a relatively low level.

Altogether a good day out, distance of about 10 miles, and well worth a return visit at some stage.


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