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Walks in the Yorkshire Dales
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. It has proven to be an excellent pasttime and unlike some hobbies, which require so much equipment that you need a personal or military loan from www.justmilitaryloans.com, all you really need is a sturdy walking stick and a good pair of shoes!

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
All the walks:  
Easy Walks:  
Malham, Gordale and Janet's Foss Probably the most popular walk in all of the Yorkshire Dales for walkers of all abilities including families with children.
Aysgarth Falls One of the Yorkshire Dales premier family walks to the most breathtaking series of waterfalls.
Middleham Moor and Coverdale Walk in history exploring the childhood places of Richard III and then find a forbidden corner on your way to Coverdale.
Mill Gill Force from Askrigg A real little gem of a walk to some fantastic waterfalls. A splendid walk for a Sunday Morning.
Coniston Dib & Coniston Pie A fascinating walk through Wharfedales interesting geology including a narrow gorge and an inedible pie!
West Burton to Aysgarth A perfect family walk. Pity when we did it we walked in the worse weather of the year!
Dentdale and Hacker Gill A short walk with an exciting clamber down the beck of Hacker Gill in resplendent Dentdale.
Moderate Walks:
Crummackdale & Norber Erratics The ultimate for those who enjoy natural Dales scenery. The walk is a geology lesson.
Ingleborough and Chapel-le-Dale from Skirwith Starting out from Ingleton or Skirwith this classic route to Ingleborough includes Crina Bottom and Chapel-le-Dale.
Addleborough, Mill Gill Force and Ellerkin Scar A very interesting walk in Wensleydale to a hill with ancient history, a remarkable waterfall and to a limestone scar.
Great Dummacks, Calders, Bram Rigg Top and the Calf A great walk in the Howgill Fells to four of the five Yorkshire 2,000's in the range.
Settle, Stainforth, Catrigg Force, Victoria Cave, Attermire Scar There are many highlights to this walk, not all are in the title. Add Winskill Stones and Warrendale Knotts for a start.
Leck, Ease Gill, Crag Hill, Great Coum and Gragareth A walk in the west Dales which offers the walker awesome views of Lancashire, Yorkshire's Three Peaks and Lakeland too.
Romans, Raydale & Semer Water Begin by walking back in time over 2,000 years with the romans before visiting Raydale and Semer Water.
Clapham, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough A superb walk up Ingleborough from Clapham and via Gaping Gill in the snows of winter.
Gunnerside Gill & Swinner Gill Up Gunnerside Gill, across moor and down Swinner Gill, make for a fantastic round trip.
The Howgills via Cautley Spout The most popular and most interesting walk in the Howgill Fells. Deservedly so.
Catrigg Force and Attermire Scar Explore the hills and dales around Settle on this walk which has surprise after surprise in store.
Dodd Fell & Wether Fell A fantastic high level horseshoe walk from the poplular town of Hawes in Wensleydale.
Rawtheydale near the Howgill's Do you want adventure in your walks? Then this mix of paths, tracks and off routes is just the ticket.
Grassington Moor A walk around Grassington and Hebden with many highlights including a visit to old mine workings.
East Witton, Ellingstring, Jervaulx Abbey and Cover Bridge An invigorating Wensleydale walk with Jervaulx Abbey and the stretch alongside the River Ure being particularly pleasing.
Penyghent from Litton An alternative approach to fabulous Penyghent, one of the Yorkshire Dales finest hills.
Ingleborough from Clapham An ascent of Ingleborough from Clapham via Trow Gill and returning by a unplanned route.
Conistone Dib & Mossdale Scar A walk from Grassington to two Yorkshire Dales highlights, one a scene of tragedy.
Mastiles Lane & Malham Tarn A winter walk along a drovers road to Malham Tarn then over rolling fells to a hidden waterfall of character.
Moughton Scars Limestone Walk Simply the best example of Limestone Pavement walking in the Dales.
Malham and Gordale This is without question the most popular of walks in the southern Yorkshire Dales .
Settle Caves and Waterfalls Walk This magical walk visits waterfalls and caves in the centre of limestone country.
Penyghent and Hull Pot The classic Penyghent walk from Horton in Ribblesdale which includes a visit to fantastic Hull Pot.
A circuit of Embsay Moor An interesting walk to Embsay Crag, Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Monument.
Grimwith Reservoir This is a quiet moorland walk from Skyreholme Bank which includes some easy right to roam challenges.
Penhill, Templar's & Redmire Force Lower Wensleydale is the setting for this varied day of delights which begins in West Witton.
Arkengarthdale from Reeth A fascinating walk in one of the most beautiful but lesser known Yorkshire Dales.
Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell Normally a moderate walk but it was hard on this occasion due to walking in deep snow!
Hard Walks:
Three Peaks Walk The classic and very popular Yorkshire Dales challenge walk crossing its finest hills.
Three Peaks Movie Follow Steve and I on an anticlockwise route on the spectacular Three Peaks Walk.
Three Peaks in Pictures Check out this detailed picture record of the superb Three Peaks Walk.
Buckden Pike & Great Whernside A walk from Kettlewell to Buckden Pike, a dales hill with a WW2 memorial and then on to Great Whernside.
The Strid and Simon's Seat A lovely river walk along the Strid followed by a walk to the iconic rock formation of Simons Seat.
Wild Boar Fell and Uldale A challenging fell walk to Wild Boar Fell followed by a scramblers adventure to secluded waterfalls.
High Seat in Mallerstang A ridge walk is achieved by a steep ascent that requires careful navigation.
Simon's Seat and Troller's Gill A classic walk in lower Wharfedale with many exciting features and a gill of legend.
Little Whernside & Great Haw A tough moorland walk for determined walkers as there are sections of off route on tough ground.
   

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