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High Force, Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale is just one of the many natural delights in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales

My first memories of the Dales are when I went on a school trip in the 1960's. I vaguely recall walking for what seemed like an eternity in the Richmond area. I guess it must have been somewhere near Reeth as I do remember the school bus negotiating the narrow roads in that region. One of my most vivid recollections was the vastness of it all, or so it appeared to me when I was smaller looking down into a particular valley to see a distant river meandering in the bottom. It was not until my late 30's though that I really began to appreciate the beauty of the Dales in full. In the 1990's and into this millennium I have explored the area at length and discovered some excellent walks of all types including ascents onto fells, walks through areas of outstanding spectacle likes limestone pavements and hidden gorges and even superb riverside walks.

The Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful National Park, a park also blessed with the most delightful people. It is a welcoming place in all respects and I shall always visit. My walks here are growing with regular frequency now I live on the edge of the park. You will find the more popular walks interspersed with less well known ones and some that take you off the beaten track. Are you adventurous enough to follow? Whether you are or not, I'm sure you can find a walk that suits you so take some time out to read my recollections of enjoyable Yorkshire Dales walks. I hope some prove interesting enough for you to try. The walks are categorized by difficulty, so that everyone from a pensioner looking for some exercise to the type of person who needs a military loan to replace all the hiking boots they go through can find just the right walk for them.

Principal Dales:
Wharfedale   Wensleydale   Swaledale   Malhamdale   Ribblesdale   The Other Dales
   
The walks Miles Description  
Aysgarth Falls 2.2 One of the Yorkshire Dales premier family walks to the most breathtaking series of waterfalls.



Stainforth & Catrigg Force 2.4 A wonderful walk which includes a visit to a fairy tale waterfall hidden from view in a delighful arboreal dell.
Coniston Dib & Coniston Pie 2.5 A fascinating walk through Wharfedales interesting geology including a narrow gorge and an inedible pie!
Keld & the River Swale Waterfalls 2.5 This walk centered on Keld in Upper Swaledale is a delight for waterfall lovers. There are four to see.
Mill Gill Force from Askrigg 3.1 A real little gem of a walk to some fantastic waterfalls. A splendid walk for a Sunday Morning.
Malham, Gordale and Janet's Foss 4.4 Probably the most popular walk in the Yorkshire Dales for walkers of all abilities including families with children.
Dentdale and Hacker Gill 4.5 A short walk with an exciting clamber down the beck of Hacker Gill in resplendent Dentdale.
West Burton to Aysgarth 5.0 A perfect family walk. Pity when we did it we walked in the worse weather of the year!
Great Dummacks, Calders, Bram Rigg Top and the Calf 5.7 A great walk in the Howgill Fells to four of the five Yorkshire 2,000's in the range.
Middleham Moor and Coverdale 5.8 Walk in history exploring the childhood places of Richard III and then find a forbidden corner near Coverdale.
The Howgills via Cautley Spout 5.9 The most popular and most interesting walk in the Howgill Fells. Deservedly so.
High Seat in Mallerstang 6.0 A ridge walk is achieved by a steep ascent that requires careful navigation.
Penyghent and Hull Pot 6.1 The classic Penyghent walk from Horton in Ribblesdale which includes a visit to fantastic Hull Pot.
Ilkley Moor and Burley Moor 6.3 A heather moor walk to the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle and to the famous Cow and Calf rocks.
Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell 6.6 Normally a moderate walk but it was hard on this occasion due to walking in deep snow!
Malham and Gordale 7.2 This is without question the most popular of walks in the southern Yorkshire Dales .
Crummackdale & Norber Erratics 8.2 The ultimate for those who enjoy natural Dales scenery. The walk is a geology lesson.
Romans, Raydale & Semer Water from Bainbridge 8.3 Begin by walking back in time over 2,000 years with the romans before visiting Raydale and Semer Water.
Grimwith Reservoir 8.3 This is a quiet moorland walk from Skyreholme Bank which includes some easy right to roam challenges.
Settle, Stainforth, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave, Attermire Scar 8.3 There are many highlights to this walk. Add Winskill Stones and Warrendale Knotts to the list for a start.
Moughton Scars Limestone Walk 8.5 Simply the best example of Limestone Pavement walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Penhill, Templar's Chapel & Redmire Force 8.8 Lower Wensleydale is the setting for this varied day of delights which begins in West Witton.
Ingleborough and Chapel-le-Dale from Skirwith 9.0 Starting out from Skirwith this classic route to Ingleborough includes Crina Bottom and Chapel-le-Dale.
East Witton, Ellingstring, Jervaulx Abbey and Cover Bridge 9.1 An invigorating Wensleydale walk with Jervaulx Abbey and the River Ure being particularly pleasing.
Arkengarthdale from Reeth 9.3 A fascinating walk in one of the most beautiful but lesser known Yorkshire Dales.
Gunnerside Gill & Swinner Gill 9.4 Up Gunnerside Gill, across moor and down Swinner Gill, make for a fantastic round trip.
Ingleborough from Clapham 9.5 An ascent of Ingleborough from Clapham via Trow Gill and returning by a unplanned route.
Settle Caves and Waterfalls Walk 9.6 This magical walk visits waterfalls and caves in the centre of limestone country.
A circuit of Embsay Moor 9.6 An interesting walk to Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Monument.
Conistone Dib & Mossdale Scar 9.6 A walk from Grassington to two Yorkshire Dales highlights, one a scene of tragedy.
Grassington Moor 10.0 A walk around Grassington and Hebden with many highlights including a visit to old mine workings.
Clapham, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough 10.1 A superb walk up Ingleborough from Clapham and via Gaping Gill in the snows of winter.
Dodd Fell & Wether Fell 10.3 A fantastic high level horseshoe walk from the poplular town of Hawes in Wensleydale.
Little Whernside & Great Haw 10.4 A tough moorland walk for determined walkers as there are sections of off route on tough ground.
Rawtheydale near the Howgill's 10.6 Do you want adventure in your walks? Then this mix of paths, tracks and off routes is just the ticket.
Gunnerside Gill, Old Gang Mill
and River Swale
10.9 A walk of contrasts, first exploring lead mining heritage and then across flower meadows to a riverside walk.
Catrigg Force and Attermire Scar 11.2 Explore the hills and dales around Settle on this walk which has surprise after surprise in store.
Ilkley Moor 11.3 A tour of the moor from Panorama Wood to the Swastika Stone and Doubler Stones.
Buckden Pike & Great Whernside 12.0 A walk from Kettlewell to Buckden Pike, a dales hill with a WW2 memorial and then on to Great Whernside.
Addleborough, Mill Gill Force and Ellerkin Scar 12.6 A very interesting walk in Wensleydale to a hill with history, a super waterfall and to a limestone scar.
Leck, Ease Gill, Crag Hill, Great Coum and Gragareth 12.9 A walk which offers the walker awesome views of Lancashire, Yorkshire's Three Peaks and Lakeland too.
Penyghent from Litton 13.0 An alternative approach to fabulous Penyghent, one of the Yorkshire Dales finest hills.
Wild Boar Fell and Uldale 13.1 A challenging fell walk to Wild Boar Fell followed by a scramblers adventure to secluded waterfalls.
Simon's Seat and Troller's Gill 13.2 A classic walk in lower Wharfedale with many exciting features and a gill of legend.
The Strid and Simon's Seat 14.0 A lovely river walk along the Strid followed by a walk to the iconic rock formation of Simons Seat.
Mastiles Lane & Malham Tarn 14.2 A winter walk along a drovers road to Malham Tarn then over rolling fells to a hidden waterfall of character.
Three Peaks Walk 25.0 The classic and very popular Yorkshire Dales challenge walk crossing its finest hills.
Three Peaks Movie N/A Follow Steve and I on an anticlockwise route on the spectacular Three Peaks Walk.
Three Peaks in Pictures N/A Check out this detailed picture record of the superb Three Peaks Walk.
     

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