The main attraction of this excellent route is the fine views it provides across Lower Wharfedale to Almscliffe Crag and the spectacular 21-arch Arthington Viaduct.
A fascinating piece of history is also encountered right at the start of the walk, a 17th century Puritan Chapel, built by the local Dyneley family and the only such chapel erected specifically for Puritan worship during the time of Oliver Cromwell.
It is possible to look through the windows and see the lack of decoration. Railings around our the north windows were put there to stop curious cattle from distracting worshippers.
The walk follows the Leeds-Harrogate railway line northwards, then returns over pleasant fields and through a lovely area of woodland. Look out for bullfinches and long-tailed tits along the railway embankments, and red kites over farmland.
1. Begin from the cross and lantern at the junction of Eastgate and Moor Road, Bramhope. Walk downhill with the pub on your left, passing St. Giles Church.
Cross the A660 Leeds-Otley road with great care and turn left. A short distance further on is the Puritan Chapel. Continue into Staircase Lane and walk downhill to find a silver-painted kissing gate on the right.
2. Cross a field to the far left-hand corner to another gate and turn right to follow a clear path. Past another metal gate angle left downhill, enjoying the view across Wharfedale to Almscliffe Crag. The path runs parallel to the Leeds-Harrogate railway line, and when an underpass appears on the right go through and follow the track. Pass through a gate, turn left and follow the track down to the main road.
3. Cross the busy A659 road with great care and turn right along the pavement. At a bus stop cross with care to walk up Creskeld Lane. Look for a sign on the left and a footpath angling left over a small field. Cross a stile and walk ahead towards Hezicar Wood then turn left to go through a gate and walk with a fence on your right. Through a strip of woodland turn right to aim for the corner of a wood and follow the path up to Crag Wood.
4. Take a gate on the right into Crag Wood. Turn right on the bridleway and follow it out to Creskeld Lane. Turn left and walk uphill with care to turn right on a footpath which emerges in a residential street. Cross to continue on a snicket, the path eventually emerging on another residential street, Hall Rise.
Turn right, follow the road round a left-hand bend, continue to the right of houses to emerge back on the A660. Retrace earlier steps back to the centre of Bramhope.
Difficulty rating: 2 stars
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2 hours
Map: OS Explorer sheet 297 (1:25000) Lower Wharfedale & Upper Washburn
Parking: Responsible street parking Bramhope village centre
Public transport: Bramhope is on the X84 Leeds-Ilkley-Skipton bus route. For
details see www.wymetro.com or call 0113 245 7676
Refreshments: Bramhope and Arthington
Toilets: Old Lane, Bramhope