The Dales 30

 

A full list of the 30 hills which make up the Dales 30. The Dales 30 are all the mountains in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales (defined by the new National Park Boundary) which are over 2,000 foot high with a drop of a minimum of 30 metres (100 foot) in each direction. They are defined as Hewitts in the Official classification of Mountains.

Full List of the Dales 30 

Click on the names of each mountain for more information on the best walks to the summits.

      Height (ft) Height (ms) 1/25,000 Map Trig point
 
1 Whernside Western Dales 2,415 736 OL2 SD 739 814
2 Ingleborough Western Dales 2,375 724 OL 2 SD 741 746
3 Great Shunner Fell Northern Dales 2,349 716 OL 30 SD 849 973
4 High Seat Cumbrian Pennines 2,326 709 OL19 NY 802 013
5 Wild Boar Fell  Cumbrian Pennines 2,323 708 OL19 SD 758 988
6 Great Whernside Upper Wharfedale 2,310 704 OL 2 SE 002 739
7 Buckden Pike Upper Wharfedale 2,303 702 OL 30 SD 961 788
8 Pen y Ghent Western Dales 2,277 694 OL 2 SD 839 734
9 Great Coum Western Dales 2,254 687 OL 2 SD  701 836
10 Swarth Fell Cumbrian Pennines 2,234 681 OL19 SD 755 967
11 Plover Fell Western Dales 2,231 680 OL 2 SD 848 753
12 Baugh Fell, Tarn Rigg Cumbrian Pennines 2,224 678 OL19 SD 714 917
13 The Calf The Howgills 2,218 676 OL19 SD 667 971
14 Lovely Seat Northern Dales 2,215 675 OL 30 SD 879 951
15 Calders The Howgills 2,212 674 OL19 SD 671 961
16 Great Knoutberry Hill Northern Dales 2,205 672 OL 2 SD 789 872
17 Rogan’s Seat Northern Dales 2,205 672 OL 30 NY 920 031
18 Dodd Fell Hill Northern Dales 2,192 668 OL 30 SD 841 846
19 Fountain’s Fell Western Dales 2,192 668 OL 30 SD 864 716
20 Little Fell Cumbrian Pennines 2,188 667 OL19 SD 809 966
21 Simon’s Fell, Ingleborough Western Dales 2,133 656 OL 2 SD 754 751
22 Yockenthwaite Moor Upper Wharfedale 2,110 643 OL 30 SD 909 811
23 Fell Head The Howgills 2,100 640 OL19 SD 649 982
24 Yarlside The Howgills 2,096 639 OL19 SD 686 985
25 Gragareth Western Dales 2,060 628 OL 2 SD 688 793
26 Darnbrook Fell Western Dales 2,047 624 OL 30 SD 885 728
27 Randy Gill Top The Howgills 2,047 624 OL19 NY 687 001
28 Drumaldrace, Wether Fell Northern Dales 2,014 614 OL 30 SD 874 867
29 Birks Fell Upper Wharfedale 2,001 610 OL 30 SD 919 764
30 Calf Top Western Dales 2,000 610 OL 2 SD 664 857

Story of  “The Dales 30”

The Wainwrights in the Lake District, the Munros in Scotland are just two of the list ticking incentives to visit our upland areas and on any given day there will be dedicated walkers striding out trying to add to their total and gaining an elusive tick or two in the book. So why not the Dales (not just Yorkshire but the Howgills and fells round Sedbergh).

We have some great mountains in the area, and in my opinion, any summit is worth a visit. Being on the highest point of an area brings a satisfaction and a purpose to a walk. Having a selection of these summits to visit brings a real purpose to a visit to the area and once there is a purpose people will stay and enjoy the rest of the fantastic landscape, villages and people.

Most visitors will have heard of the 3 Peaks (Whernside, Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough) but very few will have ventured further afield to enjoy some of the other high spots in the county. When they do they will be surprised, not just by their beauty, but by their solitude. It is quite possible that you will not meet someone on your walk and so much the better for it. The routes to these summits are also somewhat arbitrary, paths can be indistinct and the ground rough but that is the challenge.

30 may not seem that many but to be honest there are not that many mountains/hills/fells in the area. I also wanted there to be a proper definition and a 2,000 foot cut off with a drop of 100 foot on all sides certainly satisfies this. All these hills are classified as Hewitts in the official mountain classification.

The final fell in the list, Calf Top above Barbondale, was recently resurveyed and did make the magic number…just!

Photos of the “Dales 30”

Summit Baugh Fell

Baugh Fell

Keith summit of Great Whernside

Keith on Great Whernside

Rogans Seat

Rogan’s Seat

Pennine Way on Dodd Fell Hill

Dodd Fell Hill, nr Hawes

Gragareth

Gragareth

Wild Boar Fell from south

Wild Boar Fell

Summit Buckden Pike

Buckden Pike

Inglebough from Ewes Top

Ingleborough

Great Whernside panorama

Great Whernside

Crag Hill

Crag Hill