Troller's Gill from Howgill Trail runningWalking

A pleasant family stroll with some lovely sights on route. Convenient as a Plan B if walking on Barden is off due to shooting.
The main feature of interest along the route is Troller's Gill, an impressive limestone scar. Folklore and legend abound here, just google the dreaded Barghest!

Appletreewick seen from Simon's Seat  © Will Hunt
Appletreewick seen from Simon's Seat
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SE0651059427 From the parking continue down the lane and turn off when a footpath sign directs you to Skyreholme

SE0688860730 Follow the footpath to Skyrholme and turn right on the road to Middle Skyreholme. Turn right at the T-junction and take an immediate left onto the footpath.

SE0678861675 Follow the footpath, bearing left, to the road. Turn left and, just over the bridge, go through the gate on the right towards Troller's Gill. Follow this path until it starts to climb up to the left. Here, leave the path and step onto the permitted path to Troller's Gill itself.

SE0659162465 Be careful of the slippery, polished limestone underfoot on this section. Walk through the Gill (watch out for the Barghest!) and, shortly after leaving its spooky confines cross the streambed via a small bridge and follow the path up and over to join up again with the standard footpath. Follow this to the road.

SE0548760094 Turn left and follow the road round a bend. Just past this bend follow a bridleway to the right. As you approach a group of farm buildings turn of leftwards onto a footpath and follow this down the hill to Appletreewick. On arriving at the village there is a good pub, The Craven Arms, who keep a nice pint.

SE0600659271 Turn right into the village and follow the road for a short distance until taking a footpath on the left next to a camp site. This will take you to the Wharfe where you turn left and follow the path until it meets a road.

SE0634059149 On reaching the road, turn right then immediately left to take the track that will lead you back to Howgill.

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