Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

Looking from Crina Bottom to Ingleborough
Looking from Crina Bottom to Ingleborough

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 am 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.

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Walks by Area:

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Walk 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.
Muker and Thwaite 3.3 A delighful walk to two of the prettiest and most popular villages in Upper Swaledale.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail 4.3 A very popular walk to the famous waterfalls of Ingleton including Pecca Falls, Thornton Force and Snow Falls.
Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss 4.4 Probably the most popular walk in the Yorkshire Dales for walkers of all abilities including families with children.
Dent, Hacker Gill, River Dee and Church Bridge 4.5 A short walk with an exciting clamber down the beck of Hacker Gill in resplendent Dentdale.
Newbiggin-on-Lune, Smardale Bridge, Bents Hill and Brownber 4.6 A lovely countryside walk in the north-west of the Yorkshire Dales.
West Burton and Aysgarth Falls 5.0 A perfect family walk. Pity when we did it we walked in the worse weather of the year!
Keld, Crackpot Hall, Swinner Gill and Kisdon Side 5.7 A walk of contrasts in Upper Swaledale from Keld to Ramps Holme Bridge and back.
Low Haygarth, 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, Low Moor, Tupgill Park, Coverham and Coverdale 5.8 Walk in history exploring the childhood places of Richard III and then find a forbidden corner near Coverdale.
Low Haygarth, Cautley Spout and the Calf 5.9 The most popular and most interesting walk in the Howgill Fells. Deservedly so.
Outhgill, High Seat, Gregory Chapel and Hugh Seat 6.0 A ridge walk is achieved by a steep ascent that requires careful navigation.
Horton in Ribblesdale, 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.
Kettlewell, Old Cote Moor, Arncliffe, Littondale and Hawkswick 6.6 Normally a moderate walk but it was hard on this occasion due to walking in deep snow!
Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar 7.5 This is without question the most popular of walks in the southern Yorkshire Dales .
Austwick, Norber Erratics, Moughton Scar and Wharfe 8.2 The ultimate for those who enjoy natural Dales scenery. The walk is a geology lesson.
Bainbridge, Raydale and Semer Water 8.3 Begin by walking back in time over 2,000 years with the romans before visiting Raydale and Semer Water.
Skyreholme Bank, Grimwith Reservoir and Stump Cross 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.
Austwick, Thwaite Scars and Moughton Scars 8.5 Simply the best example of Limestone Pavement walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Kingsdale, Whernside and Yordas Cave 8.7 The less trodden enigmatic climb to Whernside from the quiet of Kingsdale is followed by a visit to Yordas Cave.
West Witton, Penhill, Templar's Chapel & Redmire Force 8.8 Lower Wensleydale is the setting for this varied day of delights which begins in West Witton.
Skirwith, Ingleborough, Chapel-le-Dale and Twisleton Scars 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.
Reeth, Fremington Edge, Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale, Calver Hill and River Swale 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.
Clapham, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill & Ingleborough 9.5 An ascent of Ingleborough from Clapham via Trow Gill and returning by a unplanned route.
Settle, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave and Scaleber Force 9.6 This magical walk visits waterfalls and caves in the centre of limestone country.
Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross, Cracoe War Memorial, Upper Barden and Embsay Moor 9.6 An interesting walk to Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Monument.
Grassington, Conistone, Mossdale Scar, Black Edge and Kimpergill Hill 9.6 A walk from Grassington to two Yorkshire Dales highlights, one a scene of tragedy.
Hebden, Grassington Moor, Linton Falls and River Wharfe 10.0 A walk around Grassington and Hebden with many highlights including a visit to old mine workings.
Clapham, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill, Ingleborough, Cold Cotes & Newby 10.1 A superb walk up Ingleborough from Clapham and via Gaping Gill in the snows of winter.
West Witton, Penhill, Templar's Chapel & Redmire Force 10.2 Lower Wensleydale is the setting for this varied day of delights which begins in West Witton.
Gayle, Dodd Fell Hill, Drumaldrace and Wether Fell 10.3 A fantastic high level horseshoe walk from the poplular town of Hawes in Wensleydale.
Scar House Reservoir, Little Whernside, Dead Man's Hill and Great Haw 10.4 A tough moorland walk for determined walkers as there are sections of off route on tough ground.
Garsdale, Rawtheydale, Cautley, Low Haygarth and West Baugh Fell 10.6 Do you want adventure in your walks? Then this mix of paths, tracks and off routes is just the ticket.
Gunnerside, Old Gang Mills, Surrender Bridge and Swaledale 10.9 A walk of contrasts, first exploring lead mining heritage and then across flower meadows to a riverside walk.
Settle, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave 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.
Kettlewell, 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.
Thornton Rust, Addleborough, Askrigg, Mill Gill 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.
Litton, Halton Gill, Cosh Beck, Plover Hill and Penyghent 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.
Valley of Desolation, Simon's Seat, Troller's Gill and the Strid 13.2 A classic walk in lower Wharfedale with many exciting features and a gill of legend.
Bolton Abbey, The Strid, Simon's Seat, Barden Moor and Valley of Desolation 14.0 A lovely river walk along the Strid followed by a walk to the iconic rock formation of Simons Seat.
Kilnsey, Mastiles Lane, Malham Tarn, Cote Moor and Hawkswick 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.
Walk Miles
Aysgarth Falls 2.2
Stainforth & Catrigg Force 2.4
Coniston Dib & Coniston Pie 2.5
Keld & the River Swale Waterfalls 2.5
Mill Gill Force from Askrigg 3.1
Muker and Thwaite 3.3
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail 4.3
Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss 4.4
Dent, Hacker Gill, River Dee and Church Bridge 4.5
Newbiggin-on-Lune, Smardale Bridge, Bents Hill and Brownber 4.6
West Burton and Aysgarth Falls 5.0
Keld, Crackpot Hall, Swinner Gill and Kisdon Side 5.7
Low Haygarth, Great Dummacks, Calders, Bram Rigg Top and the Calf 5.7
Middleham, Low Moor, Tupgill Park, Coverham and Coverdale 5.8
Low Haygarth, Cautley Spout and the Calf 5.9
Outhgill, High Seat, Gregory Chapel and Hugh Seat 6.0
Horton in Ribblesdale, Penyghent and Hull Pot 6.1
Ilkley Moor and Burley Moor 6.3
Kettlewell, Old Cote Moor, Arncliffe, Littondale and Hawkswick 6.6
Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar 7.5
Austwick, Norber Erratics, Moughton Scar and Wharfe 8.2
Bainbridge, Raydale and Semer Water 8.3
Skyreholme Bank, Grimwith Reservoir and Stump Cross 8.3
Settle, Stainforth, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave, Attermire Scar 8.3
Austwick, Thwaite Scars and Moughton Scars 8.5
Kingsdale, Whernside and Yordas Cave 8.7
West Witton, Penhill, Templar's Chapel & Redmire Force 8.8
Skirwith, Ingleborough, Chapel-le-Dale and Twisleton Scars 9.0
East Witton, Ellingstring, Jervaulx Abbey and Cover Bridge 9.1
Reeth, Fremington Edge, Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale, Calver Hill and River Swale 9.3
Gunnerside Gill & Swinner Gill 9.4
Clapham, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill & Ingleborough 9.5
Settle, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave and Scaleber Force 9.6
Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross, Cracoe War Memorial, Upper Barden and Embsay Moor 9.6
Grassington, Conistone, Mossdale Scar, Black Edge and Kimpergill Hill 9.6
Hebden, Grassington Moor, Linton Falls and River Wharfe 10.0
Clapham, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill, Ingleborough, Cold Cotes & Newby 10.1
West Witton, Penhill, Templar's Chapel & Redmire Force 10.2
Gayle, Dodd Fell Hill, Drumaldrace and Wether Fell 10.3
Scar House Reservoir, Little Whernside, Dead Man's Hill and Great Haw 10.4
Garsdale, Rawtheydale, Cautley, Low Haygarth and West Baugh Fell 10.6
Gunnerside, Old Gang Mills, Surrender Bridge and Swaledale 10.9
Settle, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave and Attermire Scar 11.2
Ilkley Moor 11.3
Kettlewell, Buckden Pike & Great Whernside 12.0
Thornton Rust, Addleborough, Askrigg, Mill Gill and Ellerkin Scar 12.6
Leck, Ease Gill, Crag Hill, Great Coum and Gragareth 12.9
Litton, Halton Gill, Cosh Beck, Plover Hill and Penyghent 13.0
Wild Boar Fell and Uldale 13.1
Valley of Desolation, Simon's Seat, Troller's Gill and the Strid 13.2
Bolton Abbey, The Strid, Simon's Seat, Barden Moor and Valley of Desolation 14.0
Kilnsey, Mastiles Lane, Malham Tarn, Cote Moor and Hawkswick 14.2
Three Peaks Walk 25.0
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