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    Embsay Crag Walk

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    5.6 km
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    200 m
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    Embsay Crag Walk

    The Embsay Crag Walk is a great outdoor excursion just outside of Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales that offers some scenic views of the surrounding landscape. While out walking the trail, you will travel around a beautiful reservoir and climb to the summit of Embsay Crag to gaze out across the moor and nearby towns. This walk may be fairly short, but it will still give your legs a bit of a workout!

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    Route Description for Embsay Crag Walk

    Featuring a nice bit of uphill walking and a lovely stretch of trail along the water’s edge, the Embsay Crag Walk is a fantastic option if you are looking for a short, but varied route. Terrain here isn’t overly difficult, although you will need to work your way uphill along the moor to reach the stunning viewpoint from atop the Embsay Crag. Even still, the sweeping sightline over the surrounding moorland and vibrant green countryside below make it worth the effort.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the northwest along the road and follow the trail as it skirts around the shores of the Embsay Reservoir. After enjoying the views across the calm surface of the water, you will climb up the rugged hillside to the east to reach the summit of Embsay Crag. From here, you will have some excellent views of the moor stretching out before you to the north, as well as the reservoir and the town of Skipton to the south. From here, you will briefly traverse the hilltop to the east, before making a quick descent along the hillside to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Embsay Crag Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Embsay Crag Walk from Skipton, drive northeast on High Street/A6131 for 0.6 km and turn left onto Skipton Road. Keep straight for 1.4 km, continuing straight onto Elm Tree Square for another 114 m. Make a right onto Main Street and follow it for 79 m to find the car park on the left.

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