Shorter Walks for All

The Yorkshire Dales is perfect for short walks. The variety of walks in this category are endless; some will visit historical sites such as Castle Bolton or Bolton Abbey, others make their way along the many rivers and steams but they all have lovely views in common and add a little to our understanding of the Dales, its geography and its history. There is no official classification for these Shorter Walks except that they are less than four and a half miles long and generally keep to a flatter gradient; great for anyone only wanting to be out for a few hours and ideal for families with young children and older couples.

Miles
4.5

A Short Walk near Askrigg

Askrigg entering the village
  • Visit Askrigg, Worton & Bainbridge
  • Mix of farm, riverside and quiet lanes
  • Nice views on Scar Top 

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Miles
5

Beamsley Beacon

  • Outstanding Views
  • Old Bronze Aid burial mound
  • Pleasant climb through gritstone

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Miles
4

Aysgarth Falls

  • The nation’s favourite waterfall
  • Great views across to Castle Bolton
  • Easy walking through pretty woodland

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Miles
4.5

Thruscross Reservoir

  • Walk around the reservoir
  • Plenty of interesting woodland
  • Varied terrain

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Miles
2

Exploring Kirkby Lonsdale

  • Short walk everyone can enjoy
  • Riverside walking along the Lune
  • Explore history in Kirkby Lonsdale

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Miles
2

Eight Stiles Walk Around Long Preston

  • Short but delectable
  • Pretty riverside walking
  • Some good views to Pendle

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Miles
3

Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Park

  • Ruins of a Cistercian Abbey
  • Ancient deer park
  • World Heritage Site

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Miles
4

Hidden Semer Water

  • 2nd largest ‘natural’ lake in the Dales
  • Tranquil, peaceful and well managed
  • Pretty, unspoilt hamlets

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Miles
4.5

Lovely Littondale

  • Quiet and peaceful riverside stroll
  • Links two quaint Dales villages
  • Traditional woodland on the fellsides

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Miles
2.5

The Lands of Castle Bolton

  • A beautifully preserved castle
  • Excellent views of Wensleydale
  • Visit the village of Redmire

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