Follow the road out of Grassington and over the bridge. Turn left immediately after crossing the river and follow the road to Linton. (B6265 Lauradale Lane). Pass through and out of village, (passing the Fountain Inn on your left)
Take the obvious track right where the road bears left. This has a good limestone base and climbs to a gate, then goes on as a grassy surface and descends, steadily at first then quite steeply, to a main road. Take care here, as there is no gate, sign and is quite easy to spill out on to the road.
Cross the road to Moor Lane, a loose limestone climb. Following the next gate the route covers moorland on a well surfaced track to a ford crossing. Carry straight on over the moorland to a descent across fields to a gate in bottom left field corner at the top of mucky lane.
A tricky but rideable mud and grassy track section follows that descends between walls to a gate. Pass through onto a good hard track leading to a road that junctions with the B6265. Turn left on the B6265 towards Cracoe.
Turn right into small lane just before the village across bridge onto the bridleway signed to Rylstone. This limestone track leads to two gates. Take the left-hand gate and follow field wall to farmyard next to church. Through the next gate and take the bridleway on the left signed to Barden Moor. Follow this easy limestone track through gates to an obvious lane. Go left (signed to Barden Moor) and follow this track 200m to a gate on left signed to Barden Moor Fell.
Go left through this gate and start to climb up Rylstone Fell. It is steady at first but then very steep up to a gate. Continue to climb steeply after the gate to the top where it levels out on to a sandy moorland track.
Cross the moorland on an entertaining rutted sandy single track, boggy in places â€“Â A short section of purpose built path gives way to more bridleway before climbing on to a good limestone track to the summit of Embsay Moor. Bear right on the obvious track (wooden post) and start to descend slowly at first, then steeply. Continue to descend on a fast, good track with intermittent short climbs for 3km to a road crossing.
Turn left onto tarmac, cross the cattle grid and take the right hand bridleway signed to Bolton Abbey. Climb steadily on a good grassy track to a gate then on a steeper section to the mini-summit. The track then drops quite steeply before levelling out on a grassy surface to a gate.
Pass through the gate (Bridleway sign) and across the obvious track near manhole covers. Continue across the field to a gate and then on towards woods, still on a good grassy surface. Take the obvious track through the woods and descend on a steep winding route to a gate. Cross the field to a gate on left (unsigned) and then follow the right-hand field boundary to another gate and stone track. Go left and descend to road, you are facing Bolton Abbey Manor
Turn left on to the road, then right at the monument to descend into the grounds to the Cavendish Pavilion tea rooms, for a much needed pit stop.
Cross the Wharfe on the wooden bridge in front of the Pavilion and follow the smooth-surfaced track to a T-junction with a minor lane . Turn left and follow the lane climbing steeply at first - check out the oak tree outside Laund House! Then descend to a junction with the road up from Barden Tower. Turn right and follow the lane to another T junction.
Follow this road to the end and bear left down the hill, cross the bridge and up to the â€˜Tâ€™ junction, turning right back to Grassington via Burnsal Bridge (7 miles), its tarmac all the way back.
added by: mark - Fri Aug 15