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Horse whim, Yarnbury

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Horse whim, Yarnbury

© Robert White, 2004, (4594)

Horse whim, Yarnbury - artists impression

© YDNPA, 2004,

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Horse whim, Yarnbury

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36607

Parish: Grassington

OS Grid Reference: SE018658

Dale: Lower Wharfedale

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A large spoil heap beside the Duke’s New Road at Yarnbury marks the point where a horse whim once operated, drawing spoil and ore up from a shaft called Nixon's Shaft, sunk in 1821. The horse, attached to the circular wooden whim, walked continuously round in a circle causing ropes to wind up and down. The full diameter of the whim is 12.4 metres measured through the central flat stone.


From centre of Grassington head north for just over a mile up Moor Lane to Yarnbury. Take public bridleway through hand gate and follow track to interpretation trail panel no 7. Whim can be viewed from here.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Grassington. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Well-made level track with one hand gate.

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