Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Obelisk

MODERATE 3 reviews

Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Obelisk is a 11.3 kilometer loop trail located near Skipton, North Yorkshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking.

Distance: 11.3 km Elevation Gain: 415 m Route Type: Loop



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Rylstone is a tiny village alongside the busy A6265 Skipton to Grassington road with an attractive pond which used to be the village green. Wordsworth in his 'White Doe of Rylstone' tells the unfortunate story of the Norton family who took part in the Rising of the North. Rylstone Cross stands in a prominent position on Rylstone Fell. Originally it was a large stone in the form of a man and was known as the 'The Stone Man'. In 1885 a wooden cross was erected to commemorate 'The Peace of Paris'. The wooden structure having been replaced several times is now made of reinforced concrete with a plaque dated 1995 for its reconstruction. There follows easy walking alongside the stone wall to the Cracoe Obelisk. A metal plate commemorates the local dead of both world wars, but the initials of those killed in the 1914-18 war are also carved into the stones of the monument. It is a great place for views into wonderful Wharfedale with Buckden Pike and Great Whernside clearly seen. It is an easy descent towards Cracoe but it is extremely wet on the approach to the wooden sheep folds at the bottom of the slope. Chapel Lane, now grassy, leading back to Rylstone was once an important road linking Craven with the North and Scotland. The ponds on reaching the farm were once fish ponds and the area was associated with Quakerism. A building known as 'Fox How Barn' was built in 1657 as a meeting house and named after George Fox. PS. Rylstone was the place where the original Calendar Girls were based.   

24 days ago

Not a bad walk. We walked from Cracoe up to the top on a clockwise walk. The path is not easy to see or non existant in the rushes just after the wooden sheep folds, so just check where you need to head for. The views at the top are great.

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