Walk: Limestone pass

Walk map
Walk map

Starting from the square follow Main Street to the A65 Skipton – Kendal Road and cross it into a road named Robaine (B6254).

After 150yds turn right onto a footpath that crosses fields to the farm complex of Woodend. Here continue on the farm drive to reach Saddler Nook Lane. Turn left and then bear right onto a narrow lane leading up to Biggins. After passing through the hamlet turn left through a squeeze stile onto a footpath that traverses a quick succession of fields to arrive after 350yds at a metal gate.

Here paths divide – the Limestone Link bears diagonally left and after a stile in a fence turns right to follow a line of electricity poles over a hill and down to Hutton Roof. As you near the village turn right onto a grassy track that takes you to a lane. Turn left when you reach it and then follow it to the main street.

Turn left and almost immediately turn right onto a footpath leading towards Hutton Roof Crags. At a junction of paths bear right to follow a wall that begins to climb the fellside.

After the path levels out it follows a limestone shelf as it makes its descent through patchy woodland to reach a lane. Go straight across to join a bridleway in the direction Holme Park shown by a signpost that confirms you are on the Limestone Link. When you reach Holme Park Farm on the A6070. Turn right.

After 350yds turn left onto a road that takes you under the M6 to reach Holme. 400yds after entering the village turn right onto a footpath that takes you across fields to a lane and then continues opposite on a path leading to a footbridge across the West Coast Main Line.

After a marshy field turn right through a gate and continue with hedgerow on the right to a lane.

Turn left. The lane leads down to the A6.

4. Cross the road into Hale and after the lane bends to the left turn sharp right onto a cul de sac lane. As you reach the edge of settlement turn left onto a footpath leading uphill into dense woodland. Keep ahead at the first waymark and follow waymark posts which will lead across limestone pavement (very awkward!) to a lane leading to Slackhead.

After entering the village turn left onto a footpath in the direction of the Fairy Steps. Once again in dense woodland follow frequent swaymark posts to arrive at an open limestone shelf above a low cliff.

The fissure down it is called the Fairy Steps. If you can get down without touching the sides you will see a fairy! Honest!!!

If you prefer there is a less exposed path leading to the left which will bring you to the base. From here continue on the path which after 500yds will bring you to the open fields before Hazelslack.

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When you reach Hazelslack keep ahead through the complex and then after passing the Tower turn left to cross a camping field. On its far side do not go through a gate but turn right onto a path that crosses the flat marshy level before Arnside.

After a footbridge continue on a path that reaches Black Dyke Lane after crossing the railway track. Turn right for the promenade.