Yorkshire Dales WalksWalking Routes & Hiking Trails
Find Yorkshire Dales walks from the list below which features the best walking routes in the area. Most of routes are circular walks although there are a few linear hikes. The walks are listed from the shortest and easiest to the longest more challenging routes. The walks are divided into sub areas so you can find specific walks.
100+ Great Yorkshire Dales walks with detailed route descriptions, excellent mapping, photos and GPX files. The walks include all the major Dales and are subdivided by Dale. The Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent have their own sub-section. In addition walks in the Howgill Fells are also listed.
Highlights of walking in the Yorkshire Dales include walks to the 'Yorkshire Big Three', riverside walks through Wharfedale, hikes in Swaledale with its rich Industrial Heritage and wonderful landscape, walks to Malham Cove and Tarn, plus many other scenic routes through the dales and across moors.
Area walks and walking guides
Useful guides to walks and walking from these popular centres. Includes places to stay, local amenities and the best walking routes.
Lower Wharfedale, Cracoe, Burnsall & Bolton Abbey Walks
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.
|1001★||Barden Bridge & the Strid from Bolton Abbey||easy||4.00|
|3109★||Rylstone Edges & Cracoe from Rylstone||easy/mod||6.00|
|1811★||Sharp Haw in Airedale from Craven Heifer||easy/mod||7.00|
|1946★||Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat from Barden Bridge||moderate||8.40|
|1280★||Trollers Gill from Burnsall||moderate||9.00|
|1905★||Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbey from Addingham||moderate||10.00|
|1249★||Simon's Seat from Bolton Abbey||moderate||10.00|
|2574★||Valley of Desolation & Barden Fell||moderate||11.00|
|2000★||Wharfedale Circular from Burnsall||moderate||13.50|
Upper Wharfedale, Grassington, Kettlewell & Buckden Walks
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.
|1846★||Garnshaw House & Linton Falls from Grassington||easy||3.00|
|2611★||Hebden Gill from Hebden||easy||4.00|
|3301★||Conistone to Grassington via the Dib||easy||5.00|
|1277★||Starbotton & Kettlewell circular||easy/mod||5.00|
|1407★||Thorpe & Burnsall from Linton||easy/mod||6.20|
|1278★||Cosh & Foxup from Halton Gill||easy/mod||6.50|
|2610★||Hebden Gill & Cupola Corner||easy/mod||6.50|
|2423★||Capplestone Gate & Conistone Pie from Conistone||easy/mod||6.80|
|2332★||Mastilles Lane & Bordley from Kilnsey||easy/mod||6.80|
|1294★||Arncliffe & Kettlewell Circular||moderate||7.00|
|3262★||Copplestone Gate and Conistone Pie from Conistone||easy/mod||7.00|
|1632★||Arncliffe & Starbotton from Kettlewell||moderate||7.00|
|1250★||Great Whernside from Kettlewell||moderate||8.00|
|1254★||Yockenthwaite & Hubberholme from Buckden||moderate||8.00|
|2132★||Buckden Pike and Hubberholme from Buckden||moderate||8.40|
|1292★||Linton & Thorpe Fell & Cracoe||moderate||9.00|
|1281★||Buckden Pike from Buckden||moderate||10.50|
|1145★||Grassington, Mastilles Lane & Conistone Dib||moderate||11.25|
|1645★||Grassington, Mastilles Lane & Conistone Dib||moderate||12.00|
Malhamdale & Malham Cove Walks
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.
|2737★||The River Aire & Kirkby Malham from Malham||easy||3.00|
|3577★||Malham Cove from Malham||easy||3.00|
|2704★||Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malham||easy||4.00|
|3092★||Malham Cove, Malham Tarn & Watlowes||easy||4.40|
|1274★||Nappa Cross & Malham||easy/mod||5.50|
|2066★||Winterburn Reservoir circular||easy||6.00|
|1377★||Calton and Hanlith Moors from Airton||easy/mod||6.50|
|3307★||Gargrave to Flasby||easy/mod||6.50|
|3107★||Flasby Fell from Flasby||easy/mod||6.50|
|1239★||Gordale Scar & Malham Cove from Malham||easy/mod||6.50|
|1701★||Bordley Hall & Malham Moor from Threshfield Moor||easy/mod||7.00|
|1051★||Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route 2)||moderate||7.00|
|2602★||Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route 3)||moderate||9.10|
|1282★||Malham Tarn & Arncliffe||moderate||12.50|
Lower Ribblesdale, Settle & Langcliffe Walks
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.
|1740★||Attermire Scar & Victoria Cave from Settle||easy/mod||5.10|
|1403★||Attermire Scar and Catrigg Force from Settle||easy/mod||6.50|
|2082★||Attermire Scar, Catrigg Force & Langcliffe from Settle||easy/mod||7.50|
|1548★||Rye Loaf Hill from Settle||moderate||7.60|
|2603★||Feizor & Giggleswick Scar from Settle||easy/mod||8.00|
|1251★||The Norber Erratics & Sulber Gate from Austwick||moderate||8.00|
|2620★||Sulber Gate & Crummack Dale from Austwick||moderate||9.50|
|2617★||Nappa Cross & Victoria Cave from Langcliffe||moderate||9.50|
|1404★||Oxenber and Wharfe Woods from Langcliffe||moderate||10.50|
|2649★||Attermire Scar & Malham Tarn from Stainforth||mod/hard||16.50|
Upper Ribblesdale & Three Peaks Walks
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.
|3091★||Ingleton Waterfalls Walk||easy||4.30|
|3233★||Dent & Gawthrop||easy/mod||6.00|
|3094★||Norber & Norber Erractics from Clapham||easy/mod||6.30|
|3392★☩||Darnbrook Fell & Fountains Fell||moderate||6.40|
|1013★☩||Pen-y-ghent from Horton-in-Ribblesdale||moderate||6.50|
|1500★☩||Pen-y-ghent via Horton Scar from Horton-in-Ribblesdale||moderate||6.75|
|2146★||Deepdale Circular (near Dent)||moderate||7.00|
|3584★☩||Gragareth from Ireby||moderate||7.40|
|3599★||Clapham, Oxenber Woods, Feizor & Settle||easy/mod||7.50|
|1208★☩||Ingleborough & Park Fell from Chapel-le-Dale||moderate||7.50|
|3340★||Blea Moor & Denthead from Ribblehead||moderate||8.20|
|3032★☩||Gragareth & Great Coum from Yordas Cave||moderate||9.00|
|1121★☩||Pen-y-ghent & Plover Hill from Horton in Ribblesdale||moderate||9.00|
|2376★☩||Gragareth from Leck||moderate||9.30|
|3500★☩||Ingleborough (northern approach) from Chapel-le-Dale||moderate||9.50|
|1970★☩||Great Knoutberry Hill & Dent Head||moderate||9.50|
|1248★☩||Trow Gill, Ingleborough & Long Scar from Clapham||moderate||9.50|
|1184★☩||Whernside & Scales Moor from Ribblehead||moderate||11.00|
|1052★☩||Whernside & Dentdale from Dent||mod/hard||12.00|
|2409★||The Upper Eden valley without a car||moderate||12.00|
|3135★☩||Dentdale & Bleamoor||moderate||12.50|
|2796★☩||Ingleborough via Gaping Gill & Norber from Clapham||moderate||13.00|
|1926★☩||Pen-y-ghent & Littondale from Litton||hard||16.00|
|3433★☩||Yorkshire Three Peaks from Horton-in-Ribblesdale||very hard||24.50|
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.
|2286★||Gayle & Aysgill Force from Hawes||easy||3.50|
|3384★||Aysgarth Falls and Caperby||easy||4.00|
|2265★||Semer Water, Stalling Busk & Marsett||easy||4.00|
|2363★||Drumaldrace (Wether Fell) from Burtersett||easy/mod||5.20|
|3524★||Semer Water and Cam High Road from Bainbridge||easy/mod||5.70|
|1694★||Nappa Hall & Whitfield Gill Force from Askrigg||easy/mod||6.00|
|1680★||Haw Lane & Aysgarth Moor from Aysgarth||easy/mod||6.30|
|3333★||Redmire Force & the Templar's Chapel from West Witton||easy/mod||6.70|
|2155★||Mossdale & Cotterdale from Appersett||easy/mod||7.90|
|3624★☩||Great Shunner Fell from Hardraw||mod/hard||9.20|
|1055★||Penhill & West Burton from Aysgarth Falls||moderate||10.00|
|3621★☩||Great Shunner Fell & Lovely Seat||mod/hard||11.40|
|2273★||Dodd Fell Hill & Drumaldrace from Hawes||moderate||11.50|
|2822★||Aysgarth & Castle Bolton from Askrigg||mod/hard||14.50|
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.
|1253★||Booze & Slei Gill from Langthwaite||easy||2.50|
|3478★||Cringley Hill & Scar House from Langthwaite||easy/mod||4.80|
|3093★||Bunton Hush, Blakethwaite & Gunnerside Gill||easy/mod||5.50|
|1252★||Great Pinseat from Surrender Bridge||easy/mod||5.50|
|2190★||Calver Hill & Reeth Low Moor from Healaugh||easy/mod||6.00|
|1341★||Nine Standards Rigg from Birk Dale||moderate||6.00|
|1340★||Muker & Upper Swaledale from Keld||easy/mod||6.50|
|1197★||Gunnerside & Swinner Gills||moderate||8.50|
|1053★||Swinner Gill and Muker from Thwaite||mod/hard||8.50|
|1768★||Thomas Gill and Ravenseat from Tan Hill||moderate||8.70|
|1056★||Gunnerside & Surrender Bridge||moderate||10.25|
Mallerstang & Howgill Fells Walks
Walking Highlights. The Howgill Fells provide excellent walking and generally see few walkers. Careful navigation is essential as the area is a complex system of ridges and deep valleys. Personal favourites are an evening stroll to Cautley Spout, an ascent of Aran Haw and Winder or Wild Boar Fell in nearby Mallerstang.
Where to stay - Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Ravenstonedale all provide ideal bases for walking in this area.
|1387★||Cautley Spout from Cross Keys||easy||2.00|
|1393★☩||Yarlside from Cross Keys||moderate||4.00|
|3006★☩||Cautley Spout & The Calf from Cross Keys||moderate||5.50|
|1160★||Wild Boar Fell & Swarth Fell from Cotegill Bridge||moderate||7.00|
|3008★☩||Winder & Arant Haw from Sedbergh||moderate||7.00|
|3007★☩||Fell Head & The Calf from Howgill||moderate||7.50|
|2253★||Uldale Falls & Wandale from Rawthey Bridge||moderate||8.50|
|1616★☩||Bowderdale and the Calf||moderate||10.00|
|2438★☩||Cautley Spout & the Calf from Sedbergh||moderate||10.00|
|1196★☩||The Calf from Sedbergh||mod/hard||10.50|
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Yorkshire Dales Guide
Walking in 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.
Yorkshire Dales Walking Guide
Other walks in Britain - For a list of all the areas where walks are available go to the Main Walk Index.
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