Walking through History

The Yorkshire Dales has a fascinating history; both in the landscape that has been created and the people who have worked it. Although any walk in the Yorkshire Dales includes examples of the fascinating geology of the area I have selected the more striking examples to reflect the physical influence of millenniums of upheavel to place in this category. However it is the energies and graft of those who have made a living out of this harsh landscape which make its history so fascinating. I have included many walks which travel through the splendid castles and abbeys of the area as well as the ancient mine workings which scatter the landscape (making a particular mark in Swaledale) and which so dominated peoples lives in the last 500 or so years.

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5

Beamsley Beacon

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

Beamsley Beacon

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9

Ingleborough and Gaping Gill

  • The finest route up Ingleborough
  • Explore Gaping Gill and Trow Gill
  • Relaxed descent with good views

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5

Ripley Castle

  • A walk near Ripley Castle
  • Rolling lands with good paths
  • A backdrop of castle & grounds

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Miles
7.5

The Ancient Castles of Mallerstang

  • Ancient ruins in the valley
  • Quiet & peaceful riverside
  • Take some time in Kirkby Stephen

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Miles
7.5

History in Gunnerside Gill

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

lead-mines-gunnerside-gill

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6.5

Limestone Scenery from Conistone

  • Limestone and gritstone scenery in a moorland setting
  • Easy walking on excellent grassy paths
  • Explore spectacular Conistone Dib

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Miles
7

Gordale Scar & Malham Tarn

  • A geological masterpiece
  • Includes Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss & Malham Tarn
  • Good all year round

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Miles
6.5

The Norber Erratics

  • A geological lesson near Austwick
  • Silurian erratics meet limestone scars
  • Panoramic views of the western Dales

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3

Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Park

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

Fountains Abbey winter sun

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6

Druids Temple at Masham

  • Visit the folly of Druid’s Temple
  • Great views of lower Wensleydale
  • Rolling hills and farmland

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