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Yorkshire Dales Walks,
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

All Yorkshire Dales walks are free to download and print and all routes have GPS files. The walks cover 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


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.

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
1905Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbey from Addinghammoderate10.00
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

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

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

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

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
3233Dent & Gawthropeasy/mod6.00
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
3584★☩Gragareth from Irebymoderate7.40
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
1248★☩Trow Gill, Ingleborough & Long Scar from Claphammoderate9.50
3500★☩Ingleborough from Chapel-le-Dalemoderate9.50
1184★☩Whernside & Scales Moor from Ribbleheadmoderate11.00
2409The Upper Eden valley without a carmoderate12.00
1052★☩Whernside & Dentdale from Dentmod/hard12.00
3135★☩Dentdale & Bleamoormoderate12.50
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

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

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

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.

1387Cautley Spout from Cross Keyseasy2.00
1393★☩Yarlside from Cross Keysmoderate4.00
3006★☩Cautley Spout & The Calf, from Cross Keys, Sedberghmoderate5.50
1160Wild Boar Fell & Swarth Fell from Cotegill Bridgemoderate7.00
3008★☩Winder & Arant Haw from Sedberghmoderate7.00
3007★☩Fell Head & The Calf, from Howgill, near Sedberghmoderate7.50
2438★☩Cautley Spout & the Calf from Sedberghmoderate10.00
1616★☩Bowderdale and the Calfmoderate10.00
1196★☩The Calf from Sedberghmod/hard10.50

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