Grassington, Grass Wood and the River Wharfe Nature Walk Grade: Leisurely
Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of the natural habitats of this lovely area of the Yorkshire Dales. We begin the day by walking through the beautiful village of Grassington before heading out over sheep-grazed pastures towards Grass Wood. This wildlife rich, ash wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is the largest broadleaved woodland in the Yorkshire Dales. The wood is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to ensure that the woodland plants such as lily-of-the-valley, dropwort and bloody cranesbill as well as its wide range of butterflies, birds and other wildlife continue to thrive.
After enjoying the wildlife within Grass Wood, we continue our walk along the River Wharfe where, if we’re lucky, we may see a range of birds such as sand martins, sandpiper, dipper and kingfisher skimming along its banks. A very leisurely walk along the river bank gradually takes us back to Grassington.
Grade: Leisurely. The walk is 5.5 miles with few gradients and is taken at a very leisurley pace in order to enjoy the surroundings to the full. There is an emphasis on nature – observing the flowers and bird around us.
Guide: Madeline Holloway is a natural history expert with a huge amount of knowledge to share.