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.

Miles
4.5

Circuit of Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith House
  • An easy walk in peace and quiet
  • Views across the reservoir
  • Varied bird life

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Miles
5

Beamsley Beacon

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

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Miles
7

River Ure at Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey
  • Ruins of a Cistercian abbey
  • Beautiful stretches of riverside
  • Explore the village of Thornton Stewart

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Miles
7

Gordale Scar & Malham Tarn

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

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Miles
7

Villages and falls near Settle

Near Attermire
  • 3 of the most attractive Dales villages
  • Traditional limestone scenery and scars
  • Historical industrial lime kilns

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Miles
7.5

History in Gunnerside Gill

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

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Miles
5.5

Penhill Beacon in Wensleydale

Penhill Beacon
  • Beacon is perfectly situated
  • Old lead mines below Penhill Scar
  • Views over to Castle Bolton

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Miles
6.5

Upper Dentdale

Great Knoutberry summit area
  • An engineering spectacular
  • Views down Garsdale and Dentdale
  • Circular from a station or a pub

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Miles
11

Grimwith Reservoir via Hebden Beck

Hole Bottom
  • History explored in Hebden Beck
  • Peaceful Grimwith Reservoir
  • Long but interesting throughout

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Miles
9

Ingleborough and Gaping Gill

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

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