Stake Moss – A Dalesbus Ramble

Take a brisk walk across the top of Wharfedale to follow the Roman road down into Wensleydale.
Start: Causeway Moss Road Junction 12.10
Finish: Bainbridge approx. 15.40
Distance/Grading: 7 miles / Moderate
TRAVEL: Outward: Bus 800 from Leeds (09.50), Horsforth (10.10), Guiseley (10.22), Ilkley (10.45) and Grassington (11.35).
Return: Bus 800 to Grassington, Ilkley and Leeds for onward connections.
Walk Leader: Jim

Just the job after a wedding on Friday and family party on Saturday! I just needed to get out and enjoy a brisk walk after all that high living.

Gilbert Lane

Gilbert Lane at the start of the walk

Eight of us got off the bus at Causeway Moss Road Junction not far from Buckden but the bus took the strain of the climb so we only had a bit of additional uphill on Gilbert Lane before we reached the summit of Stake Moss. Then we had a steady tramp along very clearly marked track to Busk Lane from where we were soon steadily descending along Carpley Green Road and into Bainbridge which is clearly still resting on its laurels after the early July successful hosting of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Buckden Pike

Buckden Pike from Stake Moss

Typical view

Typical Yorkshire Dales View between Wharfedale and Wensleydale

Our track

Our Track on a lovely October Sunday

To Carpley Green

We leave the main byway and head towards Carpley Green

Sheep on a wall

Sheep on a Wall

Descending into Wensleydale

Descending into Wensleydale

Carpley Green and Addlebrough

Carpley Green Farm and Addlebrough Ridge


Semer Water


Askrigg in Wensleydale


Beyond the two stone walls are the earthworks of Virosidum (Roman Town)

Wensley Walling

Dry Stone Wall Wensleydale Style


Baa Baa Black Sheep

Descending into Bainbridge

Descending into Bainbridge

Bainbridge Signs

Bainbridge Welcomed Le Tour

Sheep on penny farthing

TDF 2014

Rose and Crown Bainbridge

The Rose and Crown, Bainbridge – no time to visit as our bus was due!


5 comments on “Stake Moss – A Dalesbus Ramble

  1. ms6282 says:

    Yes it is good to get out into the fresh air and the countryside to clear the head and blow away the cobwebs. Reading your posts about your Dales rambles makes me think I ought to get over there myself – they’re less than a couple of hours drive away, but not so easy to reach by public transport from here unfortunately.

    • Well, not that easy from here either but a Dalesbus passes near here on a Sunday (last service next Sunday) so it seemed a good idea to try it out. If Grassington is any nearer several buses run from the National Park Car Park – on Sundays anyway. It’s worth the drive though – especially if you can plan weather like last Sunday’s!

  2. nilly says:

    This was the part of Yorkshire that impressed me most when I first visited (1966?) – this and all the dark red brick terrace houses of Leeds and Bradford. A lot of those are long gone, but the limestone landscape still remains unchanged.

  3. […] gates at the far end. There we joined a small, quiet lane that crosses the River Ure (the river of Wensleydale) at Kilgram Bridge just after which we diverted from the lane to cross fields to arrive at Thornton […]

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