Looking for Yorkshire Dales walks? Here are some routes we recommend
The best way to see the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is on foot, so whether you’re an experienced walker or not we’ve got some great routes for you to try:
- Horse Head Moor and Deepdale
You’ll need to ensure that you’ve got some sturdy walking boots and some good waterproofs if you want to take on this picturesque walk through the Dales. Spanning around 5 and a half miles it’s a good challenge for experienced walkers, but relative newcomers shouldn’t be dissuaded. The walk should take you between two to three hours as you make your way through Horse Head Moor and Deepdale
- Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough (Anticlockwise)
Pen-y-Ghent is one of the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks so there are a lot of uphill sections on this anticlockwise route towards Ingleborough, meaning you’ll have to be pretty fit and healthy for this particular walk. It covers close to 19 miles and would take roughly six hours to complete – but at the end of the day, what’s the rush when you get to take in the views of Yorkshire from one of the highest points in the whole county? Just be sure to take your waterproofs in case the weather turns while you’re out!
- Hawes to Aysgill Force
There are plenty of steep hills, farm tracks and exposed tree roots along this particularly rural route through the Yorkshire Dales. Starting out at Hawes you’ll have plenty of quintessentially British scenery to take in – and obstacles to climb over and avoid, such as stiles and loose stones. You’ll also be able to visit the Wensleydale Creamery for a sampling tour or the Dales Museum to find out about the history of the area. Hardraw Force, the largest single-drop waterfall in England, is also just off the route. Make sure that you’re looking ahead of you as well as at the beautiful scenery during this 4-mile walk to Aysgill Force.
- Great Whernside from Kettlewell
The upper side of the Wharfedale valley takes in some spectacular parts of the Yorkshire Dales, particularly at the summit of Great Whernside. Covering a distance of 8 miles the route from Great Whernside to Kettlewell might not be one of the longest, but it’s certainly enough to get the blood pumping. A moderate walk across tarmac, gravel and loose earth
More Information: http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walk-1250-introduction
- Yorkshire Three Peaks
If you talk to any experienced walker they’ll tell you that the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales are a must. In terms of challenging terrain and beautiful scenery they don’t come any better in the region, but you’d best come prepared! It’s estimated that a walk across the three biggest mountains in the county will cover 25 miles and may take anything up to 14 hours to complete, so be sure to pack your best boots and waterproofs – you don’t want to get caught out by changeable weather.
More Information: http://www.walkingenglishman.com/dales01.html
- Waterfalls of Ingleton
Wander through beautiful green woodland and you’ll come across what have been declared as England’s “most spectacular waterfalls.” A must-see for any walker taking in the Dales, the waterfalls of Ingleton are truly a sight to behold. The walk is filled with wonderful sights throughout the 4.5 miles, with plenty to see in addition to the falls and places to stop to grab a bite to eat too – or you could always find a safe spot for a swim to cool off on a hot day!
- Settle Round
A relatively easy walk in terms of the terrain and the distance, Settle Round is still one of the most beautiful parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Visit the impressive Victoria Cave carved naturally out of the limestone rock in the region, an area famous for the discovery of Mammoth bones and Roman remains when it was first discovered. The 10-mile circular route is easy to follow and a great way to blow off the cobwebs.
- Circular from Grassington
The market town of Grassington is popular with a lot of visitors to the Yorkshire Dales, especially those taking in the circular walking route. Starting off from the town you can head through the market square, bustling with traders on a busy day before heading off into the peace and tranquillity of the Dales. The walk might only be 5 miles long but there is still plenty to take in, including a particularly popular stretch down by the river Wharfe.
- West Burton to Aysgarth Falls and Cauldron Falls Round
A moderate difficulty, 6-mile walk through the Yorkshire Dales sounds like a very tempting proposition doesn’t it? The route from West Burton to Aysgarth Falls and Cauldron Falls Round takes in some tricky, undulating surfaces before levelling out just in time for you to grab a pint at the end! You can also take in Wensleydale and its famous Creamery by going slightly off course (so take a map if you intend to do this), and the picturesque Swaledale before reaching the wonderful falls.
- Gordale Scar and Malharm Tarn Circuit
One of the most breathtaking walks in the Yorkshire Dales but one that should also only be attempted during prolonged spells of good weather. The loose ground near Gordale Scar and on the Malharm Tarn Circuit could prove difficult for walkers even on a clear, sunny day let alone a rainy one; but if you get the best conditions it’s a wonderful experience. You’ll be able to see for miles from Gordale Scar, making the 9-mile, 5-hour walk all worthwhile.
More Information: http://www.walkingintheyorkshiredales.co.uk/Malham%20Tarn.htm