Bastow Wood & Conistone Dib - Dec 13th Dec 2009
This walk of around 13km / 8mls starts from Grassington and takes us north west through Bastow Woods to the village of Conistone then north east to meet the Dales Way at Scot Gate Lane. We then turn south to follow the Dales Way back to Grassington.

Grassington Village

We walk up through the village stopping for a moment at: -

Garrs End Lane

Alright Geoff thats enough!

A little further on we turn left and join the Dales Way heading north, after about 1km the path splits left and we head down to Bastow Wood.

This ancient woodland is designated a site of special scientific interest.

Emerging from the woods we pick up the path to Conistone again
The view to Holgates Kilnsey Moor taken from our path.
The view to Kilnsey and Kilnsey Crag
Reaching the village of Conistone we turn right and head up through Conistone Dib.

A dry valley with a deep narrow limestone gorge

The entrance to Conistone Dib.

Very narrow in places

We emerge from the narrow gorge and pass Bull Scar
Passing through the gate we carry on up the gorge  
We climb out of the gorge and look back down the Dib.  
Our original plan was to follow thr Bycliffe Road to Kelbar but time was ticking by so we decided just to explore the settlements and field systems just a few hundred metres north.

Here we stopped for lunch at this old lime kiln.

A cairn at 351m / 823ft

Firth Fell can be seen in the distance.

Our return journey back to Grassington was fairly uneventful by way of the Dales way, the highlight of it being Lucy's Fold Tea Rooms at the end!