Simon's Seat from Bolton Abbey

Introduction to Walk 1249

Photo from the walk - Simon's Seat from Bolton Abbey

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km

Ascent - 1435 feet / 435 metres

Grade - moderate

A Yorkshire Dales walk that starts in Wharfedale at Bolton Abbey and climbs through the Valley of Desolation to Simon's Seat and Lord's Seat. These summits offer a grandstand view over a large part of the Yorkshire Dales. The return is via Howgill from where the Dales Way is followed back to the start passing the dramatic waters of the Strid.  

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Walks from the same start

Walk 1001
Barden Bridge & the Strid from Bolton Abbey
Grade - easy
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Other walks nearby

Walk 2574
0.9 miles / 1.5 km away
Valley of Desolation & Barden Fell
Grade - moderate
Length - 11.0 miles / 17.9 km
Walk 1905
3.3 miles / 5.2 km away
Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbey from Addingham
Grade - moderate
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 1280
4.7 miles / 7.5 km away
Trollers Gill from Burnsall
Grade - moderate
Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km
Walk 2000
4.7 miles / 7.5 km away
A Wharfedale wander from Burnsall
Grade - moderate
Length - 13.5 miles / 21.9 km
Walk 1574
4.9 miles / 7.9 km away
Thruscross Reservoir
Grade - easy
Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 2319
5.3 miles / 8.5 km away
Ilkley to Bingley
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1576
5.6 miles / 8.9 km away
Embsay Reservoir
Grade - easy
Length - 1.0 miles / 1.6 km
Walk 1573
5.6 miles / 8.9 km away
Grimwith Reservoir
Grade - easy
Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 1405
5.7 miles / 9.1 km away
Thruscross Reservoir & Kex Gill Moor from Blubberhouses
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Walk 3079
5.8 miles / 9.3 km away
Around Silsden Reservoir
Grade - easy
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

Recommended Reading

Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

Walks in the Yorkshire DalesGuidebook to 50 of Jack Keighleys favourite walks in the Yorkshire Dales. All the walks are circular, and range from 4 to nearly 8 miles. They vary from simple valley strolls (ideal as half-day 'family rambles') to strenuous fell expeditions. Hand-written and profusely illustrated in Jack's highly distinctive style.
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Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: South and West

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: South and WestPart of a two-book set, this guidebook describes 44 walks in the southern and western Yorkshire Dales, including the famous 23 mile Three Peaks circuit over Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The other, mostly circular routes of 3½ to 13 miles cover the scenic region between Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle, Skipton and Grassington.
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Further Information

Location Map

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Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers an extensive area, which contains a wide variety of scenic interest. Each Dale is usually named after its river although there are a few examples that don't follow this rule. The varied underlying geology is reflected in the scenery with limestone and gritstone the prominent rocks resulting in virtually every type of scenery from dry valleys to wild moorland. More Information

Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details.

Accommodation Nearby

Wharfe View B&B
Burnsall
4.8 miles / 7.6 km away
Bridge End Farm
Grassington
7.3 miles / 11.7 km away
Stayin the Yorkshire Dales
Skipton
12.0 miles / 19.2 km away
Beck Hall B&B
Malham`
12.2 miles / 19.5 km away
Park Bottom Bed & Breakfast
Litton, Littondale
16.0 miles / 25.6 km away
Low Raisgill B&B
Yockenthwaite, Buckden
18.2 miles / 29.1 km away
Northern Guiding
Leeds
20.9 miles / 33.4 km away
Wood View Guest House
Austwick
21.1 miles / 33.7 km away
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
21.5 miles / 34.5 km away
Wensleydale House Self Catering
Leyburn
22.2 miles / 35.4 km away

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Best Read - Editor's Choice

Dark Peak WalksDark Peak Walks - Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys. More information

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