Printer Friendly Version 19 July 2011

Away from the Crowds


Sometimes there are just too many people on a walk. Not only is there a constant hubbub, flashes of gortex, queues on summits or classic viewing spots but probably most irritatingly there is nowhere to park. This will be compounded in the next few weeks as the school holidays increase the human traffic on our most popular routes; Malham Cove, Walla Crag, the falls at Ingleton and Striding Edge will all be heaving on anything like a good weather day. It is simply the natural way of things but the clever walker will leave these popular routes for another day and search for an option away from the crowds.

I was walking in the ‘other’ Borrowdale (a few days after visiting Malham Cove) when this really struck home to me. Most people will not even know there is a 2nd Borrowdale and certainly not that it provides a really excellent 9 mile walk of high airy ridges and lovely riverside walking. I did meet a few people on the valley floor but no more than a handful of contented souls enjoying the outstanding scenery. The other Borrowdale is only 20 minutes out of Kendal but some of the less popular Lake District walks are near the Central spine; witness the Dovedale ridge near Ullswater or the excellent high level tramp to the north west of Grasmere.

Just click here to find my favourite 25 walks in the Lake District which are ‘Away from the Crowds’ – not quite guaranteed never to meet anyone but those you do will be few and far between.

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales is a little different, there are much fewer honeypot walks  – once you have avoided the 3 Peaks, Malham and the waterfalls there is likely to be very few people on the walks that I have included on Where2walk. However to be really out of the way, where it really is a surprise to meet anyone try Baugh Fell near Sedbergh, a riverside walk up Arkengarthdale or the limestone hills over Feizor near Settle. All these are great walks that nobody seems to have discovered.

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I have been building up increasing numbers of Places to Stay in the Dales lately, do have a look if you are thinking of spending a few nights in ‘God’s Own Country’.

Previous Posts:

My favourite villages in the Dales. The villages in the Yorkshire Dales which are extra special.

Delighting in photos. Why it is so easy to enjoy photography these days

More than just a walking heaven. Different reasons why people take to the fells and dales

Watch out for the little blighters. Sheep ticks continue to be a growing menace

Map Reading Skills on the decline. Impact of new technology on traditional navigation.

Hidden Yorkshire Dales. The joys of walking in my favourite lesser known dales.

Walking with Children. Some tips and my favourite child friendly walks

Multi Day Walks. A few tips to get the most out of them

Footpath erosion. The potential impact of government cuts

Mountain Rescue Teams. The best ways to help them





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