Down dales, over moors

Any walk in the Yorkshire Dales will inevitably involve a section along one of its famous Dales and more than likely a visit on to one of the vast moorlands that dominate the area between the dales. There are the best walks which reflect the different characteristics of the individual dales but they also showcase the differing style of uplands; softer and greener in the limestone dales of the south but rougher and heathery to the north.

Most of the walks in this category are over 6 miles long and involve a good deal of effort to complete but the more effort that any of us put in the greater the rewards.

Miles
7

Lead Mining on Grassington Moor

Chimney and flues
  • Explore the lead mines on Grassington Moor
  • Visit the ‘water sinks’ at Mossdale Scar
  • Enjoy the views across the south Dales

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Miles
8.5 miles

Gargrave and Skipton

Rural setting at Flasby
  • Gargrave and Skipton canal walk
  • Visit unspoilt villages
  • Good views from the flanks of Sharp Haw

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D160
Miles
9

Beamsley Moor from Ilkley

Beamsley Beacon Trig and Cairn
  • Discover lands to the north of Ilkley
  • Visit Beamsley Beacon
  • Grouse shooting country

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D159
Miles
3.5

Exploring Lothersdale

Elslack Moor
  • Moorland walk on Elslack Moor
  • Explore the attractive village of Lothersdale
  • Quiet area except for Pennine Way walkers

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D157
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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D155
Miles
6

Twisleton Scar near Ribblehead

Twisleton Scar
  • Superb limestone scenery
  • Views over Ingleborough & Whernside
  • Explore attractive Chapel-le-Dale

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D102
Miles
8

Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs

Fewston
  • Easy walking round 2 reservoirs
  • Plenty of birdlife, fish and woodland
  • Close to Harrogate

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D130
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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D129
Miles
10

Wilson Run at Sedbergh

River Rawthey near Cross Keys
  • A once a year 10 mile walk
  • Seen as a classic fell race
  • Skirts Howglls & Baugh Fell

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D143
Miles
7

Gordale Scar & Malham Tarn

Malham Cove
  • A geological masterpiece
  • Includes Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss & Malham Tarn
  • Good all year round

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