The Dales 30 book

(7 customer reviews)


“The official Book of the ‘Dales 30’ Mountains”

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A 120 page, full colour, guide to the mountains of the Dales.

  • Each of the 30 mountains includes the following:
    • A full description of the Best Route
    • Alternative routes are also described
    • A personal view of the mountain from the author
    • High quality, colour photography
    • A sketch map showing the route & alternatives
    • Facts and anecdotes about the mountain and the nearby area.
  • A description of excellent hills in the Dales which do not make the magic 2,000 foot.
  • Other local experts give their view on alternative aspects of the Dales 30 such as the 3 Peaks Challenge, the maintenance of the paths and public transport in the area.

The ‘Dales 30’ are the mountains in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales (defined by the new National Park Boundary) which are over 2,000 foot high with a drop of a minimum of 30 metres (98.4 ft) in each direction. They are defined as Hewitts in the Official classification of Mountains.

As well as a good challenge they also provide an excellent reason to visit many of the popular, and less popular, areas in the Dales.

For further details of the Dales 30 challenge just follow this link

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7 reviews for The Dales 30 book

  1. Mark (verified owner)

    It got to that point in life when my kids, wanted to ‘hike up mountains’ and I got to itch a scratch to do more walking in my local-ish national park, the dales. Having found this website when researching walks I ordered the dales 30 book for my kids so they could be involved in planning the next walks

    Wow! !!The book is superb and really added structure to and a great tick list for my kids first mountain hiking experiences.
    It took 15 months and largely following the routes in the book the dales 30 is now complete, a greeat sense of achievement for us all!

    The book has good routes and is accurate and honest about all the tops. Knowing the boggy ones and factoring those into dry spells really helped.

    Thanks for the experiences Jonathan.

  2. Michael

    Just feel compelled to get in touch and say thank you for your Dales 30 book. It’s been an inspiration. Knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the Dales has increased exponentially. Gradually working my way through the peaks and have reached 20. The aim is to complete them by next summer if opportunity and weather allow.
    The latest walk being Yockenthwaite Moor. Was a little apprehensive at having a go on my own but the ’high’ on completing it was quite something. The route up was superb and the peat hags challenging even after the dry weather. Incredible 360 views from top.
    Birks Fell and Buckden Pike, both on frozen clear days have also been highlights.
    Happy wandering

  3. Charles

    Hi Jonathan

    I just wanted to email you to say what an excellent book your “Dales 30” guidebook is. It is eminently readable & visually appealing, aswell as being a clear yet concise walking guide.
    We enjoyed the Rogan’s Seat walk on Friday – up by Swinner’s Gill & back via East Gill – & had a good day on a route I would never have used without your guide book.
    We plan to do more of the walks in the near future, before the knees give out completely!
    Keep up the good work.


  4. david christie (verified owner)

    I’ve just finished the last 2 in this book, and probably saved the best ’til last – Crag Hill and Great Coum. The views were brilliant over to south Lakes, Howgills, Pennines and Yorkshire Dales.

    This book has been brilliant for climbing those hills that you might not normally climb. Calf Top being a favourite. A few were bit of a drag (but the book does say so) – Darnbrook, Yockenthwaite falling into that category.

    5 out of 5 for the book – just wish there were more than 30!

  5. Dan

    I finally completed the Dales 30 yesterday. I am a trail, fell and ultra runner. I used your book and guidance within it, in order to complete all the summits. Sometimes I completed them one at a time and sometimes extended my runs in order to complete three or four. My wife and children have also accompanied me walking a couple of them. It was a good challenge and an incentive to get out, even on the coldest and wettest of days. I’ve uploaded all the routes on OS Maps and Strava fitness applications and titled them Dales 30. Hopefully they will be of use to somebody else in the future! Thanks for all you’re help and for publishing a quality guide book.

  6. Sam

    Hey Jonathan,

    Just a quick note to say myself and my wife are loving the Dales 30… It’s crystallised vision of what was previously just a big area on a map. We are in Leeds so are slowly working through the most South Westerly peaks first… And we are loving it (staying nearby in our near finished camper conversion each time when we can afford to take the night away too). Last weekend was Buckden Pike… Really interesting peak what with the Polish war vet memorial.

    Anyway, thanks again, it’s a brilliant book and has already brought us much joy.

    Sam and Naomi


    What a fabulous book this is….leave no page unturned! I was given it as a Birthday present and a challenge from a dear friend who I have now completed 29 of the 30 (dales) with, together with my standard Poodle, who has enjoyed it as much as we did, and even helped with the navigation on a few occasions! The walks are so well presented and make you just want to get your boots on and get up those Mountains….one of the most amazing things has been on so many of the walks we never saw another soul, there are some serious hidden gems in the book.
    Jonathan Smith is a natural on a Mountain, and it shines through on every page with helpful hints and descriptions. He has done a fantastic job with this book, its well worth buying if you are a hill walker who wants to explore new ground and also a great present to be given to a keen walker. I was very lucky to be given it.
    I did not loose a boot like Jonathan on Yockenthwaite Moor…I disappeared into a hole up to my shoulders…but no damage was done and it was good to get one up on the Author!
    We will be very sad to do our last Mountain but also thrilled we saw our way through the whole book, as it really has been a very memorable experience. We just need another book now Mr Smith!

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