Riverside Strolls

The Yorkshire Dales may not do lakes but certainly makes up for it with some lovely rivers. Contrasting the serene progress of the main rivers are the faster flowing feeder tributaries; here spectacular waterfalls hold sway in hidden valleys and open mountainside.

Walks in the secondary dales tend to be rougher and may include a return over higher ground but as long as the focus of the walk is a twinkling burn then it is worth it! The main dales usually offer easier walks – often little more than an afternoon stroll but regardless the rivers of the Wharfe, Swale, Ure, Nidd, Eden and Ribble are always captivating.

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4.5

Thruscross Reservoir

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

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3

Waterfalls above Askrigg

  • Riverside walk with waterfalls
  • Great views down Wensleydale
  • Village where James Herriott filmed

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10

Sawley & the Ribble

Ribble from Sawley Bridge
  • Classical east Lancs scenery
  • Lovely riverside sections
  • Includes 2 attractive villages

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2

Exploring Kirkby Lonsdale

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

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Miles
5

The Lune Valley at Kirkby Lonsdale

  • A beautiful stretch of river
  • Old fashioned village at Whittington
  • Quiet and peaceful walk

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Miles
2

Eight Stiles Walk Around Long Preston

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

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Miles
4.5

A riverside walk along the Swale

Near Reeth
  • A lovely walk along the River Swale
  • Excellent views across Swaledale
  • Reeth is pretty with plenty to do

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7

Exploring Cotterdale

From the Pennine Way
  • Lovely unspoilt valley
  • Good views down Wensleydale
  • Start at pretty Appersett

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Miles
7.5

Countryside of Pateley Bridge

Brandstone Dub Bridge
  • Varied and interesting scenery
  • Pleasant riverside stroll
  • Pretty village of Wath

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Miles
4.5

Lovely Littondale

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

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