About Where2Walk

Where2walk presents the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the North York Moors and the best places to stay to fully appreciate them.

Each walk is FREE to use, to follow and download

Malham Cove
Malham Cove

There are over 500 individual walks on this website and they form the basis of the website.  There are also Long Distance Walks, Overseas Walks and Walking Challenges. Just look for them under the tab ‘Our Walks‘. As well as planning what I believe is the best route I have taken the photographs, designed the maps, written the description and even discovered the joys of plotting a GPS route! It has been a real labour of love.

About Me

My own love of walking came from the cradle. Family holidays were always spent in the Lake District and climbing the fells was a major part of any visit. I have since completed the Munros (and Tops!) in Scotland, trained and completed a Mountain Leader course and enjoyed walking and climbing in Europe. and beyond.

If you would like to find out more about my love for the outdoors and why I enjoy it so much visit my About Me page.

Alternatively see what The Guardian journalist wrote about after a couple of days walking in the Dales with me.

Grasmere
Grasmere

Individual Walks

There are 500 plus one day walks described on this website.  To make it easier to find the walk suiting you best I have separated them in to categories (short walks, historical walks, mountain walks etc:). Each walk is in the areas below and then sub divided in to categories.

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

Walks in the North York Moors and Coast

Walks in the Lake District

Each area has the walks marked on a map of that area.

Sale on the Caudale Round
Sale on the Caudale Round

Describing the Walks

I have walked each of the 500 plus routes in the last 10 years, some many times. All the facts that you need are on each individual walking page, where you start, how long it is, how much climbing, nearby pubs and most importantly a small sketch map giving a rough indication of the route.

There is also my own (honest) thoughts on the walks, the best bits and the less good. I am always of the opinion than any walk is better than none but some are more enjoyable than others!

The three random examples below show the variety of walks on the site, there is one for everyone. Some popular, some undiscovered, some easy, some hard.

What you will not find on these pages is detailed route descriptions (turn left at this style, turn right 132 metres down that bridleway etc). Not only does this leave the walker at a complete loss if they lose their way at any point but it also takes away from the real joys of walking. I love to explore, change my route and take in to account weather and other factors. I like to see what is around the next corner.

However each walk can only be taken at your own discretion, the final decision whether to go is yours alone.

More than a day walk?

Away from the individual Day walks (which form the bedrock of the website) there are other types of walks which I enjoy.

River Ure, Wensleydale
River Ure, Wensleydale

Join a Course or Guiding Day

One of my firmest held beliefs is that everyone should be able to read and use a map of the area you plan to walk in and therefore be able to take responsibility for themselves.

We offer 1 or 2 Day Navigation Courses to help. Alternatively Hire a Guide for the day.

Blencathra
Blencathra

Simply Discovering the areas

Striding out over the vast moorlands of the Yorkshire Dales or the North York Moors and the ridges of the Lake District is unforgettable and enjoyable for all. A friend of mine once told me he liked the Lakes for its drama and excitement but actually preferred the open vista and quieter villages of the Dales and the Moors. It is all about opinions and all I would ask is to test some of these walks and decide for yourselves.

More than anything Where2walk is a reflection of the love I hold for the upland areas of Britain and how much I enjoy walking in it. If I can encourage a few more people to try and enjoy the outdoors then Where2walk has been a success.

Jonathan