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Valley of Desolation & Barden Fell
Introduction to Walk 2574

Photo from the walk - Valley of Desolation & Barden Fell

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Lower Wharfedale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Bob Hawes

Length - 11.0 miles / 17.9 km

Ascent - 1900 feet / 576 metres

Time - 7 hours 20 minutes

Grade - moderate

This Yorkshire Dales walk starts from Bolton Abbey in Wharfeedale and climbs onto the moors via the Valley of Desolation to visit the summits of Simon's Seat and Lord's Seat. After enjoying the views the route descends back to Wharfedale. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

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Other walks nearby

Walk 1001
0.9 miles / 1.5 km away
Barden Bridge & the Strid from Bolton Abbey
Grade - easy
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Walk 1249
0.9 miles / 1.5 km away
Simon's Seat from Bolton Abbey
Grade - moderate
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 1946
2.5 miles / 3.9 km away
Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.4 miles / 13.7 km
Walk 1905
2.6 miles / 4.1 km away
Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbey from Addingham
Grade - moderate
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 2942
3.6 miles / 5.7 km away
Below Silsden Moor from Cringles
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.8 miles / 11.1 km
Walk 2319
4.9 miles / 7.8 km away
Ilkley to Bingley
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 3079
4.9 miles / 7.9 km away
Around Silsden Reservoir
Grade - easy
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 1280
5.1 miles / 8.2 km away
Trollers Gill from Burnsall
Grade - moderate
Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km
Walk 2000
5.1 miles / 8.2 km away
A Wharfedale wander from Burnsall
Grade - moderate
Length - 13.5 miles / 21.9 km
Walk 1811
5.4 miles / 8.7 km away
Sharp Haw in Airedale from the Craven Heifer
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

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

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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 4.5 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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