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Lower Wharfedale, Cracoe, Burnsall & Bolton Abbey Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. Personal favourites include the Valley of Desolation and Simon's Seat, Barden Fell, the Rylestone Edges above Cracoe and Trollers Gill. An easy walk full of interest is Barden Bridge and the Strid from Bolton Abbey.

Where to stay - Skipton, Burnsall, Ilkley and Addingham are convenient for walking in this area.

1576Embsay Reservoireasy1.00
1001Barden Bridge & the Strid from Bolton Abbeyeasy4.00
3109Rylstone Edges & Cracoe from Rylstoneeasy/mod6.00
1811Sharp Haw in Airedale from the Craven Heifereasy/mod7.00
1946Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seatmoderate8.40
1280Trollers Gill from Burnsallmoderate9.00
1249Simon's Seat from Bolton Abbeymoderate10.00
2574Valley of Desolation & Barden Fellmoderate11.00
2000A Wharfedale wander from Burnsallmoderate13.50

Upper Wharfedale, Grassington, Kettlewell & Buckden Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. This is a fine area for walking with varied terrain. Personal favourites include an ascent of Buckden Pike, following the Dales Way between Kettlewell and Yockenthwaite, Conistone Dib and Capplestone Gate plus the hike from Kettlewelll into Littondale and Arncliffe.

Where to stay - Grassington, Kettlewell, Starbotton, Buckden and Hubberholme are convenient for walking in this area.

1846Garnshaw House & Linton Falls from Grassingtoneasy3.00
2611Hebden Gill from Hebdeneasy4.00
1573Grimwith Reservoireasy4.50
1277Starbotton from Kettlewelleasy/mod5.00
3301Conistone to Grassington via the Dibeasy5.00
1407Thorpe & Burnsall from Linton easy/mod6.20
2610Hebden Gill & Cupola Cornereasy/mod6.50
1278Cosh & Foxup from Halton Gilleasy/mod6.50
2423Capplestone Gate & Conistone Pie from Conistone easy/mod6.80
1294Arncliffe from Kettlewellmoderate7.00
1632Arncliffe & Starbotton from Kettlewell moderate7.00
3262Copplestone Gate and Conistone Pie from Conistoneeasy/mod7.00
1250Great Whernside from Kettlewellmoderate8.00
1254Yockenthwaite & Hubberholme from Buckdenmoderate8.00
2132Buckden Pike and Hubberholmemoderate8.40
1292Thorpe Fell & Cracoe from Lintonmoderate9.00
1281Buckden Pike from Buckdenmoderate10.50
1145Grassington, Mastilles Lane & Conistone Dibmoderate11.25
1645Mastilles Lane & Conistone Dib from Grassingtonmoderate12.00

Malhamdale & Malham Cove Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. Some of my favourite Yorkshire Dales walks are in the area around Malham. Personal highlights include the easy walk to Malham Cove, any walks including Gordale Scar and the 'five-star' walk from Malham Tarn to Malham Cove returning via the Watlowes dry valley.

Where to stay - Malham is the prefered centre for walking in this area. However Settle and Gargrave are convenient alternatives.

2737The River Aire & Kirkby Malham from Malhameasy3.00
3577Malham Cove from Malhameasy3.00
2704Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malhameasy4.00
3092Malham Cove & Watlowes from Malham Tarneasy4.40
1274Nappa Cross from Malhameasy/mod5.50
2066Winterburn Reservoir from Winterburneasy6.00
1377Calton and Hanlith Moors from Airtoneasy/mod6.50
3307Gargrave to Flasbyeasy/mod6.50
3107Flasby Fell from Flasbyeasy/mod6.50
1239Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route B)easy/mod6.50
1701Bordley Hall & Malham Mooreasy/mod7.00
1051Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route A)moderate7.00
2602Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route C)moderate9.10
1282Arncliffe from Malham Tarnmoderate12.50

Lower Ribblesdale, Settle & Langcliffe Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. Lower Ribblesdale offers a variety of easier walks amidst the limestone scenery so typical of this part of the Yorkshire Dales. Favourite walks include Attermire Scar and Catrigg Force, the Norber Erratics and Sulber Gate, and Giggleswick Scar.

Where to stay - Settle, Clapham, Austwick, Stainforth and Langcliffe are convenient for walking in this area.

1740Attermire Scar & Victoria Cave from Settleeasy/mod5.10
1105Settle Circulareasy/mod6.00
1403Attermire Scar and Catrigg Force from Settleeasy/mod6.50
2082Attermire Scar, Catrigg Force & Langcliffe easy/mod7.50
2603Feizor & Giggleswick Scar from Settleeasy/mod8.00
1251The Norber Erratics & Sulber Gatemoderate8.00
2620Sulber Gate & Crummack Dale from Austwickmoderate9.50
2617Nappa Cross & Victoria Cave from Langcliffemoderate9.50
1404Oxenber and Wharfe Woods from Langcliffemoderate10.50
2649Attermire Scar & Malham Tarn from Stainforthmod/hard16.50

Upper Ribblesdale & Three Peaks Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. The 'Big Three' peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent are the focus of walking in this area. Yorkshire Dales walks to these summits do not involve any technical difficulties hence their popularity. Personal favourites also include the Norber Erratics, the Ingleton Waterfalls Walk and walks starting from Dentdale.

Where to stay - Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Clapham and Ingleton all provide an ideal base for walking in this area.

3091Ingleton Waterfalls Walk from Ingletoneasy4.30
3094Norber & Norber Erractics from Claphameasy/mod6.30
3392★☩Darnbrook Fell & Fountains Fellmoderate6.40
1013★☩Pen-y-ghent via Brackenbottommoderate6.50
1500★☩Pen-y-ghent via Horton Scarmoderate6.75
1208★☩Ingleborough & Park Fell from Chapel-le-Dalemoderate7.50
3599Clapham, Oxenber Woods, Feizor & Settleeasy/mod7.50
3340Blea Moor & Denthead from Ribbleheadmoderate8.20
1121★☩Pen-y-ghent & Plover Hill from Horton in Ribblesdalemoderate9.00
3032★☩Gragareth & Great Coum, from Yordas Cave, Ingletonmoderate9.00
3500★☩Ingleborough from Chapel-le-Dalemoderate9.50
1248★☩Trow Gill, Ingleborough & Long Scar from Claphammoderate9.50
1184★☩Whernside & Scales Moor from Ribbleheadmoderate11.00
2796★☩Gaping Gill, Ingleborough & Norber From Claphammoderate13.00
1926★☩Pen-y-ghent & Littondalehard16.00
3433★☩Pen-y-ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough from Hortonvery hard24.50

Wensleydale Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. Wensleydale is the only dale not named after its river. The dale is wide with the River Ure following a gentle course through green pastures. Semer Water located on the side of the dale is my favourite place to walk as are routes through the valley. Aysgarth Falls especially after heavy rain are well worth including in a walk.

Where to stay - Hawes, Askrigg, Bainbridge, Aysgarth, Carperby and West Burton all provide an ideal base for walking in this area.

3384Aysgarth Falls and Caperbyeasy4.00
3524Semer Water and Cam High Road from Bainbridge easy/mod5.70
1694Nappa Hall & Whitfield Gill Force from Askrigg easy/mod6.00
1680Haw Lane & Aysgarth Moor from Aysgarth easy/mod6.30
3333Redmire Force & the Templar's Chapel from West Witton easy/mod6.70
3624★☩Great Shunner Fell from Hardrawmod/hard9.20
1055Penhill & West Burton from Aysgarth Fallsmoderate10.00
3621★☩Great Shunner Fell & Lovely Seatmod/hard11.40
2822Aysgarth & Castle Bolton From Askriggmod/hard14.50

Swaledale Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. Swaledale is my favourite dale and is characterised by its iconic field barns and stone walls. The area around Gunnerside is rich in industrial heritage. Favourite Yorkshire Dales walks include Gunnerside and Swinner Gills where you can explore the ruins of the lead mining industry. Just outside the National Park lies Nine Standards Rigg with its prominent cairns offering a wonderful view into the Eden Valley.

Where to stay - Thwaite, Muker, Keld, Gunnerside and Reeth all convenient for walking in this area.

1253Booze & Slei Gill from Langthwaiteeasy2.50
3478Cringley Hill & Scar House from Langthwaiteeasy/mod4.80
3093Bunton Hush, Blakethwaite & Gunnerside Gilleasy/mod5.50
1252Great Pinseat from Surrender Bridgeeasy/mod5.50
1341Nine Standards Rigg, Near Natebymoderate6.00
1340Muker & Upper Swaledale from Keldeasy/mod6.50
1053Swinner Gill and Muker from Thwaitemod/hard8.50
1197Gunnerside & Swinner Gills from Gunnersidemoderate8.50
1768Thomas Gill and Ravenseat from Tan Hillmoderate8.70
1056Gunnerside & Surrender Bridgemoderate10.25

North York Moors West Walks

North York Moors National Park

Walking Highlights. The western part of the North York Moors National Park contains some excellent walking. Predominantly moorland, the area is dissected by many valleys or dales. Generally the area is sparsely populated with few facilities in the hamlets and villages. Excellent North York Moors walks include those to Roseberry Topping, Captain Cook's Monument and Highcliff Nab. The Clevland Way crosses this area and provides a useful route for shorter circular walks. Other highlights include walks that include Rievaulx Abbey and routes in Rosedale.

Where to stay - Pickering, Thirsk, Helmsley, Great Ayton and Hutton-le-hole all provide convenient access for walking in this area.

3581Gormire Lake from Sutton Bank National Park Centreeasy/mod3.40
3718Scarth Wood Moor from Osmotherleyeasy/mod6.00
3418Cringle Moor & the Wain Stoneseasy/mod6.00
1330Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monumenteasy/mod6.50
1921Spaunton Moor from Chimney Bank easy/mod8.10
1450Little & Great Fryup Dales from Duck Bridgemoderate8.25
1622Hawnby, Bilsdale West and Wetherhouse Moors moderate8.30
1538Baysdale circular from Hob Holemoderate9.45
1473Hollin Hill to Square Corner by the Cleveland Waymoderate9.45
2702Ampleforth, Shallow Dale, Yearsley Moor & Wildernessmoderate9.50
1920Rievaulx Moor from Cowhouse Bank moderate9.50
1525Beck Dale & Rievaulx from Helmsleymoderate9.75
1542The Rudland Ridge moderate10.10
1544Round Hill & Stumps Cross from Chop Gate moderate10.10
1469Carlton Bank, Scugdale, Raisdale & Kirby Bankmoderate10.50
1674Rosedale Valley circular from Little Blakey moderate11.00
3398Rollgate Bank & Aumery Park from Fadmoormoderate11.00
3187Esklets and Rosedale Head from Westerdalemoderate11.00
2685Highcliff Nab and Guisborough Moor from Commondalemoderate11.10
1527Farndale Circular from Little Blakeymoderate12.00
2029Lastingham & Rosedale from Hutton-le-Holemoderate12.00
1524Rievaulx Bridge & Wass from Cold Kirbymoderate12.50
1498Kilburn White Horse, Cold Kirby, Murton, & Sutton Bankmoderate14.00
1497Square Corner to High Paradise around Arden Great Moormoderate14.25
1468Clay Bank, Wain Stones, Bank Foot & Bloworth Crossingmoderate14.25
1467Cleveland Way - Roseberry Common to Tidy Brown Hillmoderate15.00
2566Rievaulx Abbey from Kilburn, near Thirskmod/hard15.00

North York Moors East & Coast Walks

North York Moors National Park

Walking Highlights. The eastern part of the North York Moors National Park contains some excellent walking. Predominantly moorland with a rugged coastline, this part of the National Park features many dales that dissect the higher moors. Excellent North York Moors walks include coastal walking following the Cleveland Way especially around Robin Hood's Bay, the Hole of Horcum, and walks from Goathland. The Clevland Way follows the coast in this area and provides a useful basis for shorter circular walks.

Where to stay - Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby, Goathland and Pickering are convenient bases for walking in this area.

3533★☩Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole from Goathland easy3.00
3532Runswick Bay to Staitheseasy3.80
3337Dundale Pond from Levisham easy4.80
3534★☩Dundale Pond & Hole of Horcum from Saltergateeasy/mod5.20
3585★☩Levisham, Skelton Tower & Hole of Horcumeasy/mod7.40
1012Lealholm, Glaisdale, Great Fryup Dale and Eskdalemoderate7.50
1464Blue Bank & Sleights Mooreasy/mod7.75
3737Commondale & Esk Valley from Danbyeasy/mod8.20
1395Broxa & Broxa Foresteasy/mod8.25
1744Hayburn Wyke from Ravenscar along the Cleveland Waymoderate8.50
3471Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscarmoderate8.50
1397Hole of Horcum from Levisham Stationeasy/mod8.50
1743Sneaton Thorpe & Littlebeck from May Beckmoderate8.90
2091Kettleness and Mickleby from Lythemoderate9.70
1452Leaholm Moor from Scaling Dammoderate9.75
1867Hole of Horcum & Bridestones from Locktonmoderate9.80
1623Burn Howe Rigg from Jugger Howes moderate10.00
2130Robin Hood's Bay & Hawkser from Fylingthorpemoderate10.00
2325Troutsdale Circular moderate10.10
1564Hayburn Wyke from Scalby, Near Scarborough moderate10.20
1396Hole of Horcum and Saltergate Brow from Locktonmoderate10.25
1758Newton House Plantation & Stony Leasmoderate10.30
2583Iburndale and the Esk Valley from Stainsacremoderate10.30
1675The Esk Valley & Egton High Moor moderate10.50
1922Goathland & Howl Moors moderate11.20
1930Wheeldale Moor circular moderate11.30
1602Saltergate, Fylingdales & Allerston High Moormoderate11.50
2077Glaisdale Moor circular moderate11.90
2665Cawthorne Roman Camp Circular moderate12.20
1476Boulby Mine to Whitby by the Cleveland Waymoderate12.50
2563Egton Bridge & Grosmont from Goathlandmoderate12.50

South Pennines Walks

The South Pennines stretch from the northern boundary of the Peak District to the southern boundary of the Yorkshire Dales. Consisting of high rolling moorland, intersected by deep valleys, there is nowhere in this region that exceeds 2000 feet. The moors and valleys are where the old rivals, Lancashire and Yorkshire meet and where too the rival industries of cotton and wool.

1793Lothersdale from Cowlingeasy/mod6.00
2661Keighley Moor Reservoir & Hitching Stone from Cowlingmoderate9.50

Yorkshire Wolds Walks

A lovely area for walking with a rolling chalk plateau cut into by deep, steep sided dry valleys. The walking is generally easy with a number of attractive villages to explore.

1738The deserted village of Wharram St Percy easy2.70
3515Deepdale and the deserted village of Wharram St. Percyeasy5.00
3247Stockingdale and Muston from Hunmanbyeasy/mod7.80
2703Circular from Thixendale through Kirby Underdaleeasy/mod8.50
1630Camp Dale & Hunmanby from Filey moderate10.50
3434North Grimston, Birdsall & Wharram Percymoderate12.10

Howardian Hills Walks

3733Coneysthorpe & Castle Howard from Welburneasy/mod9.00
3126Kirkham Priory & Pretty Wood from Low Huttonmoderate11.00
3121Castle Howard & Coneysthorpe from Bulmermoderate11.40

Nidderdale AONB Walks

1572Swinsty Reservoireasy3.00
1571Scar House & Angram Reservoirseasy4.00
1574Thruscross Reservoireasy4.50
3726Brimham Rocks Circular easy4.70
3507Dacre Banks Circulareasy/mod6.50
1929River Ure & Nutwith Common from Masham easy/mod6.60
1405Thruscross Reservoir & Kex Gill Moor from Blubberhouseseasy/mod8.50
3528Fountains Abbey & Markenfield Hallmoderate8.65
3659Scar House Reservoir, Dale Edge & Middlesmoormoderate9.00
2406Ripon Rowel Walk Leg 4 - Ilton to Grewelthorpemoderate10.50
2405Ripon Rowel Walk Leg 3 - Sawley to Iltonmoderate11.00
2572West Scrafton & Middlesmoor from Lofthousemod/hard18.00

Vale of York Walks

1095The Marton-cum-Grafton Eighteasy3.25
1358Ripley & Knox circulareasy5.50
3602Tadcaster and Newton Kymeeasy/mod6.10
1078Hampsthwaite & Ripley Parkeasy7.50
2404Ripon Rowel Walk Leg 2 - South Stainley to Sawleyeasy/mod8.50
1800West of Harrogate without a careasy/mod9.00
2403Ripon Rowel Walk Leg 1 - Ripon to South Stainleyeasy/mod10.00
1757River Ouse & Moor Monkton from Nether Poppletonmoderate10.00
2407Ripon Rowel Walk Leg 5 - Grewelthorpe to Riponmoderate12.00

Vale of Pickering Walks

1311Slingsby and South Holmeeasy/mod8.00
1631Scarborough to Filey via the Cleveland Way moderate10.20
1704Nunnington & Harome from Oswaldkirk moderate11.50

Skipton Walks

2861Pinhaw Beacon from Lothersdaleeasy4.00
3430Farnhill Moor from Kildwickeasy/mod4.50
2304East Marton and the Drumlinseasy/mod5.50
2657Bradleys Both, near Skiptoneasy/mod5.50
2904Cross Hills to Skipton via Low Bradleyeasy/mod6.50

Walks that start in adjacent counties / areas.

Walks that start in adjacent counties or areas but cross the boundary and include sections of the route within North Yorkshire

WalkDescriptionStarts In
1052★☩Whernside & Dentdale from DentCumbria
2409The Upper Eden valley without a carCumbria
3135★☩Dentdale & BleamoorCumbria
2437Bowland Knotts from Cross of Greet BridgeLancashire
3584★☩Gragareth from IrebyLancashire
3160Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's MonumentRedcar and Cleveland
2090Easington Beck & Staithes from LoftusRedcar and Cleveland
2655Wayram To Fridaythorpe CircularEast Yorkshire
2906Circular from Wayrham Through PainsthorpeEast Yorkshire
1842Buttercrambe & Youlthorpe from Stamford BridgeEast Yorkshire
1380Bramham Park & Newton Kyme without a carWest Yorkshire
1905Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbey from AddinghamWest Yorkshire

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