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The Wild Yorkshire Way
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From: Hare and Hounds, LothersdaleTo: Buck Inn/Lister Arms, Malham15 miles24.1 km593m ascent590m descent
ThumbnailClimb out of Lothersdale village up to Pinhaw Beacon, the last height before the River Aire lowland interlude. At 388m, its height is modest, but due to its position there are far reaching views all around. The Way now drops down to Thornton-in-Craven, and from there there's a delightful canal side walk to East Marton with its famous double arched bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Have a pint to congratulate yourself on your first 100 miles (roughly), then head north out of East Marton and scale the low hills on the way to Gargrave, a pretty townlet on the River Aire, with numerous shops, pubs and caf├ęs. Cross the river and the Leeds and Liverpool canal, then head north on the road out of the town to enter the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Bell Busk, and rejoin the River Aire south of the village of Airton. Follow the river bank north past Hanlith to the famous Yorkshire Dales village of Malham, where the Lister Arms and the Buck Inn both do accommodation. Have a well earned rest after a long day, and consult your map and the weather forecast as you have a decision to make in the morning.
Bus LogoGargrave: MalhamBeer LogoMasons Arms, Gargrave: Buck Inn, Lister Arms, Malham
Train LogoGargraveBed LogoBuck Inn, Lister Arms, Malham
Car LogoLothersdale: Pinhaw: Thornton A56: East Marton A59: Gargrave A65: Airton: MalhamTent LogoMalham
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