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Knoll Hill Walk
Submitted To Cowlingweb By: Nicky Bunting - North Yorkshire County Council Countryside Ranger
Difficulty rating: Low, some of the stiles are awkward. OS map South Pennines OL 21
Distance: 1½ miles
Description: A quick walk to blow the cobwebs away.
Accessible by public transport: An hourly bus between Keighley & Colne, alighting at Cock Hall, Cowling (5 min walk to start of route).
Parking: Holy Trinity Church, Gill Lane, Cowling. Grid Ref SD 967 430.
Walk map: Knoll Hill Walk ( Res: 1000x737 )
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Walk Map
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Walk Description
1) With your back to the church gates, walk down the lane in front of you, past Town End Farm on your right.
2) Through Ickornshaw with a stone footbridge on your left, & the chapel, now converted into flats, on your right.
3) Go past ‘Starkie Heaton’- note the Victorian post box, then turn right, signposted ‘Public Footpath’. Go through a gate signed ‘The Hawthorns’, then bear left at a waymark arrow.
4) Follow the path along the side of the beck, through a stile then a metal hand gate.
5) Head uphill but still keeping to the beck side, cross the remains of a wall. See if you can spot a small lime kiln on the far side of the beck.
6) Over a stone stile with rails across it, then bear ½ right to a metal kissing gate.
7) Through the gate, then turn right & follow the wall side up to a bungalow.
8) Go through the wire mesh hand gate in the garden fence, & straight on, keeping to the wall side, & over a stone stile.
9) This brings you out at Knoll Hill Quarry which was worked for stone. Look out for jackdaws on the quarry face.
10) Turn right, past the wooden field gate on your right, & cross the wooden rail stile at the side of the metal field gate.
11) Past a gate with gas bottle gate posts, & go straight on, keeping the wall to your right. Follow the permissive path along the wall side, to Malcolm Smith’s bench, where you can admire the view of the Aire Valley.
12) Continue along the wall side. At the bottom of the field, rejoin the Public Footpath, & turn right over a stone stile.
13) Walk down the side of the field, keeping the wall to your left, past Middleton Well.
14) At the 1st terraced cottage, turn left through a small metal gate with a no dog fouling sign on it, to bring you into Middleton.
15) The 1st house on your left has a plaque on the wall to Phillip Snowden, 1st Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer.
16) Walk through Middleton to meet Gill Lane, turn right, & follow the lane back to the church.
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