Mastiles Lane

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Mastiles Lane MYD649 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Mastiles Lane MYD649 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Mastiles Lane was once part of an important long distance monastic route linking the estates of Fountains Abbey in the northern Lake District with the main or mother house beyond Pateley Bridge. The section now called Mastiles Lane was once known as ‘Strete Gate’ and it connected Fountains’ monastic grange at Kilnsey with sheep pastures on Malham Moor. The remains of at least two Medieval monastic crosses once used to mark the way, survive alongside the route. It also runs through a Roman marching camp, which suggests that the route may be pre-Medieval in origin. It is currently [2004] the subject of an experimental Traffic Regulation Order to try and halt the damage being caused to it by 4-wheel drive vehicles and trail bikes.


Wright, Geoffrey N (1985) Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ashbourne: Moorland Publishing

Raistrick, Arthur (1947) Malham & Malham Moor. Clapham: Dalesman


Take Raikes Road from Malham in north east direction for 3 miles to Streetgate. Mastiles Lane runs from the field gate here for 5 miles to Kilnsey on the B6160 in Wharfedale.

Public Transport Details

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


Rough, very muddy and steep in places. Several field gates.