Distance: 4km (2.5 miles) Time: 1 hour
Accessibility: Along the canal towpath into the woods, pathways for most of the route gentle slopes , some steps.
For nearly a thousand years Skipton Wood provided fuel, building materials and food to the castle it surrounds. And the waterways that run through it gave power to local wool, corn and saw mills across two centuries.
The forest was carefully managed for firewood, timber and for hunting, while the beck provided fresh water and plenty of fish. But through all this management and heavy usage the spirit of Skipton has never changed. It’s still one of the most beautiful, serene sites in the Wild about Woods project. Spend a couple of hours following the valley of the Eller Beck on the Wild about Woods trail. Sit and admire some stunning views. Soak up the peace and the history. You’ll go home recharged!