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 DalesBus and Settle-Carlisle train services - no car needed! This gives the facility for linear walks and the chance to call in at a Dales hostelry before getting the train or bus home. To Contents

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  • Ribblehead and the 3 Peaks - A selection of walks around the Station Inn, 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. The Station Inn is a great destination.

  • 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 and Malhamdale - The Craven area including Settle and Malham Cove and Gordale Scar - a popular and sometimes very busy area with a few surprises!
  • Swaledale - Upper Swaledale including Keld, Gunnerside Gill, Reeth and Fremington Edge - an area rich in lead mining heritage as well as spectacular 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. Also there is a section on the Nidd Valley Light Railway which once served the dale.

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

  • 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 Waterfall at Gayle
Whernside Tarns Cautley Spout
Gordale Scar, Malham Meadows near Muke
Muker in Swaledale DalesBus in Malham
Malham Cove Wild Boar Fell
River Swale near Muker Wild Boar Fell
Ribblehead Station Whernside/Ribblehead Viaduct
Semerwater Uldale Falls
The S1 Bus in Dentdale Ribblehead Viaduct


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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 11-Dec-2019


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