Riverside Strolls

The Yorkshire Dales may not do lakes but certainly makes up for it with some lovely rivers. Contrasting the serene progress of the main rivers are the faster flowing feeder tributaries; here spectacular waterfalls hold sway in hidden valleys and open mountainside.

Walks in the secondary dales tend to be rougher and may include a return over higher ground but as long as the focus of the walk is a twinkling burn then it is worth it! The main dales usually offer easier walks – often little more than an afternoon stroll but regardless the rivers of the Wharfe, Swale, Ure, Nidd, Eden and Ribble are always captivating.

Miles
13.5

Highlights of Wensleydale

Aysgarth Falls stepping stones
  • Pleasant section of riverside walking
  • Views over Wensleydale from Castle Bolton highway
  • Visit the castle, Aysgarth Falls and Carperby.

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Miles
7

River Ure at Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey
  • Ruins of a Cistercian abbey
  • Beautiful stretches of riverside
  • Explore the village of Thornton Stewart

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Miles
4.5

A round of Malham Tarn

Eastern shore
  • The highest lake in England
  • Lovely limestone scenery
  • Malham Tarn wildlife reserve

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Miles
11.5

Askrigg, Aysgarth & Herriot Country

Above Woodhall
  • Famous sites of Wensleydale
  • Pretty riverside walking
  • Views over the famous dale

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Miles
4

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Upper Falls
  • The nation’s favourite waterfall
  • Great views across to Castle Bolton
  • Easy walking through pretty woodland

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Miles
2

Skipton Woods and Castle

Eller Beck
  • A pleasant riverside walk
  • Good views over the town of Skipton
  • Daunting views of the castle walls

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D053
Miles
7.5

Kisdon Fell Circular

Dales barn nr Muker
  • The best of the Dales in a single walk
  • Upper Swaledale waterfall
  • Muker, Thwaite & Keld all visited

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D020
Miles
5.5

Lower Nidd at Dacre Banks

Ings Farm Dacre
  • A tranquil section of Nidderdale
  • Good views over the valley
  • Pleasant riverside walking

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D134
Miles
7.5

The Ancient Castles of Mallerstang

Pendragon Castle
  • Ancient ruins in the valley
  • Quiet & peaceful riverside
  • Take some time in Kirkby Stephen

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Miles
7

Villages of Wharfedale

Locks at Linton
  • Four delightful Dales villages
  • Linton Falls & the River Wharfe
  • Combines river paths & quiet lanes

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