Simon's Seat is a prominent outcrop of Millstone grit on the Bolton Abbey Estate. This walk approaches this feature from Howgill after which the walk descends down the escarpment to the Valley of Desolation. On entering the Estate there might be a small charge for adults. Refreshment on the walk can be found at the Pavilion on the Wharfe after the descent into Bolton Park. The homeward trek takes in the well know water feature of the Strid. The walk as described starts close to the Craven Arms in Appletreewick but a shortened version could start at the car park at Barden Bridge.
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A circular walk from Appletreewick to Simon's Seat
Distance 11.20 miles; time about 5 hours

Bar 11.00 - 23.00 (Sunday 11.00 - 22.30)
Food 12.00 - 20.30 (Sunday 12.00 - 20.00)
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The walk starts at the small car park opposite the Craven Arms in Appletreewick. Walk downhill to the camp site and take the FP on the left to the River Wharfe. Follow the FP sign to Barden Bridge. The path is straightforward following th River Wharfe. When the river turns south the path enters a small wood. On leaving the wood the path bears left away from the river to a small gate which leads on to the bridge. A FP sign directs the walker to Howgill Lane. (35 min)
A steady climb takes the walker into the Bardon Fell Access Area. On meeting the wood the track turns left following the wood edge and after about 400 yd the track now turns right into the wood. At the barred gate there is a slight diversion for 20 yd. Look for the FP sign to Simon' Seat; the path follows the stone wall on the left with the open moorland on the right. On the final approach to Simon's Seat the path is paved and a little less demanding. (55 min)
The return path is due south and takes the walker by Truckle Crags; Earl's Seat is seen high up on the right. A steady walk downhill along the track brings the walker eventually to a stone wall. Go through the small gate seen on the right and enter the wood. Follow the signs leading to the Valley of Desolation. (50 min)
A footbridge crosses the stream and the path continues to the road. Turn left and take the footpath down to the river and bridge to visit the Pavilion. (40 min)
From the Pavilion the walker can take the return route to Barden Bridge using the path either side of the river. Take the southerly path for the best view of the Strid. (50 min)
The final stage is straightforward; the path follows the River Wharfe - the Dales Way - all the way back to Appletreewick. (40 min)
Craven Arms
The Cruck Barn at the Craven Arms
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