10 of my favourite Dales walks

There are over 150 walks in the Yorkshire Dales and nearby area (lets just call it the Dales) detailed on the website. I have been on many more walks but the 150 are all very worthy. However some stand out and some I return to.., often many times. I suggest you do.

These are my 10 favourites all of which I thoroughly enjoy returning to…often many times. They are in no particular order as it often depends on the weather, time of the year and your own fitness.

1. Historic Villages near Settle:

My local walk so I am very familiar with it. Limestone scenery, river walking, waterfalls, caves and pretty Dales villages all combine within an 8 miles walk,

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Stepping Stones in Stainforth


2. Askrigg & Aysgarth Falls:

The heart of Wensleydale provides many sites worth visiting including Aysgarth Falls, the village of Askrigg, Castle Bolton amidst miles of limestone scenery

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Mist under Ivy Scar


3. Lonely Howgills:

I always enjoying striding out on high ridges which provides easy walking on soft turf; there is nowhere better than taking to the Howgills above Sedbergh

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Winder summit


4. Hidden Valleys of Wharfedale:

If pushed this would be my favourite walk in the Dales. It takes in Littondale and Langstrothdale with two steep climbs over the wide grassy ridges which separate them.

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Perfect lawned path


5. Semer Water:

I often come here, possibly because of the rarity of standing water in the Dales (aside from reservoirs!) bt there is also a real sense of peace and tranquility at all times of the year.

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Views over Semer Water


6. Gordale Scar & Malham Tarn:

A popular walk visiting Malham Cove, Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and on to Malham Tarn, all iconic features near a pretty if popular village.

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Near Water Sinks


7. Ingleborough via Gaping Gill:

My favourite route up any mountain in the Dales; it is unusual in that for 1/2 the walk there is no sense of climbing the mountain, there is so much else to enjoy

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Limestone Pavements


8. History in Gunnerside Gill:

Bare, lunar landscape full of ruins of Swaledale’s industrial past the walk up Gunnerside Gil and bacl over the moors offers the best taste of the areas very different history.

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Lead mines Gunnerside Gill


9. High Moors over Masham:

A longer walk that takes in some classical moorland walking and great views down Nidderdale, return to the pretty market town of Masham.

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Barn on Fountains Earth above Nidderdale


10. Kisdon Pike & the Swale:

An unusual summit for the Dales (in that it is steep sided in every direction), some fine riverside walking in the embyonic Swale and the exploration of 3 traditional Dales villages

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Above Thwaite





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