Catch the Summits

The 3 Peaks may dominate the headlines in the Yorkshire Dales but there is still room for some excellent fells round the edges. Some I actually enjoy more than the big 3 and the 20 selected for these walks all have share the same admirable characteristics and excellent views from their summit. All the summits involve a reasonable pull to reach and are therefore able to provide suitable smug satisfaction (or just relief) when the summit cairn is reached. Fair Snape Fell and the Calf may capture the imagination outside the official boundaries of the Dales but I will let you in to a little secret - Buckden Pike is my favourite.

Miles
10

East of Mallerstang

D154
  • 2 of the Dales 30 summits
  • Pleasant ridge walking
  • Good views in every direction

Little Fell signature cairn

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Miles
9.5

Yockenthwaite Moor

D153
  • A vast peat hagged moor
  • Lying between Wharfedale & Wensleydale
  • Good views of the 3 Peaks (allegedly!)

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Miles
8

Fell Head in the Howgills

D150
  • Steep sided but good paths
  • Wonderful walking along the ridges
  • Views to the eastern Lakes

Fell Head from Beck House

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Miles
4

Yarlside

D149
  • Graceful Howgills peak
  • Views of Cautley Spout
  • Short walk with steep slopes

Yarlside Mist half way

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Miles
7.5

Rogan’s Seat from Keld

D148
  • Airy Moorland walk
  • Based from pretty Keld
  • Pass through Lead Industry

Keld from Pennine Way

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Miles
6

Aye Gill Pike

D147
  • Outstanding 360 degree views
  • Easy climb, steep decent
  • Dent is the best base

Aye Gill Pike summit and Howgills

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Miles
18

Wharfedale 3 Peaks

D145
  • An alternative 3 peaks challenge
  • Centred around pretty Kettlewell
  • Rough going in places and some route finding challenges

J above Kettlewell

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Miles
9

Ingleborough from Ribblehead

D138
  • Unusual route up Ingleborough
  • Easy climb on good turf
  • Classical limestone pavements

Summit of Simon Fell with Ingleborough behind

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Miles
4.5

Addleborough

D082
  • A distinctive hill in Wensleydale
  • Summit area is full of interest
  • Thornton Rust is an attractive hamlet

approaching-addleborough

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Miles
8.5

Fountain’s Fell

D137
  • Fountains & Darnbrook Fell
  • Interesting summit area
  • Good access on Pennine Way

Fountains Fell, Views from summit

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