Down dales, Over moors

Any walk in the Yorkshire Dales will inevitably involve a section along one of its famous Dales and more than likely a visit on to one of the vast moorlands that dominate the area between the dales. There are the best walks which reflect the different characteristics of the individual dales but they also showcase the differing style of uplands; softer and greener in the limestone dales of the south but rougher and heathery to the north. Most of the walks in this category are over 6 miles long and involve a good deal of effort to complete but the more effort that any of us put in the greater the rewards.

Miles
13.5

Highlights of Wensleydale

  • Pleasant section of riverside walking
  • Views over Wensleydale from Castle Bolton highway
  • Visit the castle, Aysgarth Falls and Carperby.

Aysgarth Falls lower in spate

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Miles
10

Wilson Run at Sedbergh

  • A once a year 10 mile walk
  • Seen as a classic fell race
  • Skirts Howglls & Baugh Fell

Howgills from near Rawthey Bridge

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Miles
7

Littondale Circular

  • Views down Littondale & Wharfedale
  • Superb underfoot terrain
  • Limestone scars on the paths

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D058
Miles
11.5

Askrigg, Aysgarth & Herriot Country

  • Famous sites of Wensleydale
  • Pretty riverside walking
  • Views over the famous dale

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Miles
6

In Sight of Simon’s Seat

  • Lovely stretch of River Wharfe
  • Beautiful valley walk
  • Open views on high moorland

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Miles
15

Dacre Pasture near Harrogate

  • A long day near Harrogate
  • Reservoirs, rivers and hidden villages
  • Peaceful walking needing good map work

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Miles
7.5

The Lanes Above Long Preston

  • Contrasting views across the walk
  • Explore a genuine conservation initiative
  • Lovely riverside stroll to start the walk

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Miles
7.5

History in Gunnerside Gill

  • An industrial history lesson
  • Regenerated woodland
  • Gunnerside is a fine village

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Miles
8

Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs

  • Easy walking round 2 reservoirs
  • Plenty of birdlife, fish and woodland
  • Close to Harrogate

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Miles
4.5

A round of Malham Tarn

  • Highest lake in England
  • Lovely limestone scenery
  • Walk through the wildlife reserve

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