Where2Walk presents the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales, the best walks in the North York Moors , the best walks in the Lake District and where best to stay to fully enjoy them.
There are over 500 individual walks on this website and I have walked each one over the last 10 years, some were familiar to me, others not. As well as planning what I believe is the best route I have taken the photographs, designed the maps,written the description and even discovered the joys of plotting a GPS route! It has been a real labour of love.
Each walk is FREE to use, to follow and download
My own love of walking came from the cradle; family holidays were always spent in the Lake District and climbing the fells was a major part of any visit. I have gone on to complete the Munros (and Tops) in Scotland, train to be a Mountain Leader before moving to the Dales and enjoying the often more genteel rolling landscape of the area. My passion become a business in 2010 and I now run navigation courses, act as a mountain guide and book people on to holidays in the area. For my own thoughts on why I love the mountains of Britain just click here
All the walks have their virtues but one size cannot possibly fit all and different walkers are looking for different types of walks. Therefore I have placed each walk in a category including easier ones, ones taking in historical sites, walks along rivers, the coast or lakes and those timeless full day classics. These are all presented in a list or in a map format enabling you to find the best walk for you.
One of my firmest held beliefs is that everyone should be able to read and use a map of the area you plan to walk in and therefore be able to take responsibility for yourself. If you are unable to do this at the moment it is easy to find out (join one of our own Map & Compass courses would be great start).
What you will not find on these pages on the website is detailed route descriptions (turn left at this style, turn right 132 metres down that bridleway etc) Not only does this leave the walker at a complete loss if they lose their way at any point but it also takes away from the real joys of walking; exploring for yourself, popping round the corner to see what is there and to take a different route that you just like the look of. The walks on here will give you my opinion of each walk, who it is suitable for, the highlights and more factual information on the length of the walk, the best place to eat or drink nearby and most importantly which map to use or buy.
However each walk can only be taken at your own discretion, the final decision whether to go is yours alone.
Away from the individual Day walks (which form the bedrock of the website) there are other areas of interest for walkers which interest me:
- Long Distance/Multi Day walks and how to book on to one,
- Challenges such as the Munros, Wainwrights, the Dales 30, the Top 500 summits and taking a Mountain Leader qualification
- Walking Overseas – the only area where there is some outside contributers.
- Hiring a guide or taking a Navigation course to help you get the best out of your days on the fells.
Striding out over the vast moorlands of the Yorkshire Dales or the North York Moors and the ridges of the Lake District is unforgettable and enjoyable for all. A friend of mine once told me he liked the Lakes for its drama and excitement but actually preferred the open vista and quieter villages of the Dales and the Moors. It is all about opinions and all I would ask is to test some of these walks and decide for yourselves.
More than anything Where2walk is a reflection of the love I hold for the upland areas of Britain and how much I enjoy walking in it. If I can encourage a few more people to try and enjoy the outdoors then Where2walk has been a success.