Walking In The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales provide one of the best walking areas in the country covering a wide variety of scenery and some isolated locations many of which can be accessed by public transport. Many of the walks make use of the excellent Settle-Carlisle train service and local transport links- no car needed! . For this reason I would initially recommend a visit to the Ribblehead and Three Peaks area, Moorcock Inn, Dentdale and Little White Bus [Hawes] pages. To Contents

  • Gordale Scar, Malham and Meadows near Muker

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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 -Some spectacular upland 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. Hopefully, this area will shortly be absorbed entirely into the Yorkshire Dales.

  • 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 and the Settle-Carlisle Railway including Great Shunner fell, Wether Fell & Semerwater, Dodd Fell & Snaizeholme, Mossdale and Cotterdale.
  • Settle - the gateway to the Settle Carlisle Railway and some impressive scenery
  • Upper Wharfedale-The most frequented of the Dales and covering a large area including  the villages of Kettlewell, Litton, Arncliffe and Buckden. Walks include Great Whernside, Buckden Pike, Old Cote Moor and Birks Fell.

  • 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.

  • Malhamdale - Including Malham Cove and Gordale Scar - a popular and sometimes very busy area with a few surprises!

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


  • Red Squirrel at Snaizeholme and waterfall at Gayle

Whernside Tarns and Cautley Spout

  • Muker in Swaledale and DalesBus in Malham

  • Malham Cove and Wild Boar Fell

  • River Swale near Muker and Wild Boar Fell

  • Ribblehead Station and Whernside/Ribblehead Viaduct

  • Semerwater and Uldale Falls

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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 07-Mar-2016


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