Simon's Seat, Yorkshire
Our Property Portfolio Manager for Yorkshire, Jill, loves to walk from Barden Bridge near Skipton to Simon’s Seat which is a quiet, lesser-known route. She recommends getting there early as parking is limited. This incredibly scenic walk is moderately difficult and is 6 miles to Simon’s Seat and 6 miles back again.
She says, from the car park, walk past Barden Bridge (do not cross over it) and head through the gate directly in front labelled ‘Bolton Abbey’. From here, simply follow the footpath beside the river for a short while until you reach Barden Aqueduct.
Turn left up the steep hill once you see the footpath signposted for ‘Coney Warren access point’. Keep straight and hop over the stiles at the top of the path which take you through the field and onto the country road ahead.
Cross the road, climb over the ladder stile directly in front and follow the footpath uphill towards Lower Fell Plantation. Follow the signs for Simon’s Seat, to keep on track, simply hug the trees to your left, sticking beside the dry-stone wall all the way past the plantation until the trail eventually swings right up towards Simon’s Seat.
Make the uphill climb to the summit and your efforts will be rewarded with the most spectacular views, that Jill says are the best in Yorkshire. You can head back the same way or take the path down towards Appletreewick and enjoy a pint and outstanding food at the Craven Arms.
Where to stay? Tinkers Folly and Waterside Cottage, or, a bit further away, The Reading House and The Old Chapel that are next door to each other.