Old Ghyll Brow
|Submitted by:||David Whipp|
||Ghyll Brow, Skipton Road, Barnoldswick BB18 6JH
A remnant of Barnoldswick's old road to Skipton remains at Ghyll Brow.
The short stretch of old tarmac is flanked by an ancient hedgerow and ivy covered trees.
This stretch of road, together with Coates Lane and Greenberfield Lane, with humped back bridges and tight bends, was the main route towards Thornton in Craven and Skipton before a new road was built through Rolls-Royce's Welfare Centre and a disused limestone quarry in the 1950s.
Although only a few metres from the modern road, the old road is now a pleasant backwater, with good views of Greenberfield Locks and the drumlin field beyond.
A good circular walk from Greenberfield Locks takes in the old Ghyll Brow. Follow Greenberfield Lane towards its junction with Skipton Road at the top of Ghyll Brow. Immediately before the junction, turn left onto the short stretch of old road.
When the old road meets the present day road, take the footpath on your left and walk over the fields around the perimeter of Rolls-Royce's Ghyll Brow site. When you meet the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, turn left onto the tow path and return to the locks. There's a fine long distance view of the church of St Mary-le-Ghyll from the canal on the return leg.
The route takes you amongst the drumlin field; as you follow the canal's meanders around the small hills you can begin to savour the ice cream awaiting you at the Lock Stop refreshment kiosk at the locks...