Walk: Ducks and Drakes by Carleton in Craven

Just outside Skipton, this very short walk takes in Carleton Beck and the River Aire.

The Route

  • Start Point: The Swan Inn, Carleton in Craven
  • Finish Point: The Swan Inn, Carleton in Craven
  • Distance: 1 mile

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Walk Description

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The Swan Inn is a great place to start and end your walk. With the pub on your left walk down Swan Street.

You’ll notice that each terrace of houses is different and have their own style. These houses were built in the 1800s and 1900s. Louvain Terrace was built after the destruction of Louvain in the First World War.

Walking past the Post Office you’ll come to Vicar’s Row. The cottages here celebrate the Reverend Jelf. This energetic Oxford scholar arrived in Carleton in 1849 and is responsible for their construction.

Cross the beck with Brook View and Beckside on your left. The beck here, Catlow Gill runs through the centre of the village and into the River Aire. This is a great place for your dog to drink. On Easter Monday you would see excited children here watching hundreds of plastic ducks race through the village.

Walking on, you’ll pass Carleton Old Hall. Take a look at the two dates in the date stone. One marks the original construction and the second in memory of its renovation. It was built in 1584 by the Ferrands, it has that solid appearance of the home of a prosperous family. For many years they were the gatekeepers at Skipton castle.

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