.............. ....... Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

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In my opinion the Yorkshire Dales provide one of the best walking areas in the country covering a wide variety of scenery and some isolated locations. I have included the walks which I do on a regular basis together with a number of photographs. In particular I would recommend a visit to the Ribblehead and Three Peaks area and Moorcock Inn pages both of which make use of the excellent Settle Carlisle train service and other transport links. Also see the Family Cycle Trails pages

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Moughton Scar/ Whernside

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  • Ribblehead and the 3 Peaks - A selection of walks around Ribblehead and the Three Peaks area all making use of the excellent Settle-Carlisle Railway service. These include the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside and Great Knoutberry plus a few low level alternatives.

  • Garsdale Station and the Moorcock Inn - A few walks in this isolated area all starting or finishing at the Moorcock Inn. The area takes in parts of upper Wensleydale, the upper Eden Valley and the fells to each side all accessed from the Settle- Carlisle Railway line and various bus services. Walks include Wild Boar Fell, Mallerstang Edge, Great Shunner Fell, Baugh Fell, Garsdale. OK, I know this is mostly into Cumbria!

  • Dentdale and The Howgills using the Western Dales Bus - Walks primarily utilising the Settle-Carlisle Railway and the Western Dales Bus service accessing this delightful dale and the communities of Dent and Sedbergh - including the ascent of Rise Hill, Great Coum, Great Knoutberry and The Howgills with longer distance walks to Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale.
  • Upper Wensleydale using the Little White Bus - a selection of walks based on Hawes and using the Little White Bus including Great Shunner fell, Wether Fell & Semerwater, Dodd Fell & Snaizeholme, Mossdale and Cotterdale
  • Upper Wharfedale-The most frequented of the Dales and covering a large area including  Kettlewell, Litton, Arncliffe and Buckden

  • Lower Wharfedale -  the area north of Ilkley and including the moorland each side of Bolton Abbey and Grassington. Good bus connections from Ilkley and Skipton.

  • Nidderdale - Includes Pateley Bridge, Brimham Rocks, Middlesmoor and Scar House Reservoir. Mostly just out of the Dales but in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Washburn Valley - This includes the Timble, Fewston and Thruscross area - Easy access from Leeds and surrounding areas

  • Malham Dale - Malham Cove and Gordale Scar - a popular and sometimes very busy area.

  • Swaledale - Gunnerside Gill and Upper Swaledale - an area rich in lead mining heritage as well as scenery

  • Ilkley Moor- From Menston to Ilkley - an area of open moorland actually in Lower Wharfedale with carved rocks and stone circles. Slightly out of the Dales as such and close to Leeds and Bradford with a good rail link.

  • Middleton Fells - A circuit of the Middleton Fells  - an upland area on it's own situated between the Three Peaks and the Lake District and not often frequented

  • Coverdale   -a circuit taking in part of Coverdale and Waldendale from this remote valley

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Dentdale /Malham Cove

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Souther Scales Fell [Ingleborough] / Rise Hill

Great Whernside / Old Cote Moor [Upper Wharfedale]

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Bolton Abbey [Lower Wharfedale] / Brimham Rocks [Nidderdale]

Grisedale and Swarth Fell in the Garsdale / Upper Eden area

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site no responsibility can be taken for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

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This site was last updated on 03-Jan-2015


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