The Dales 30 – Now a Book

June 1, 2017

The ‘Dales 30’ are the 30 mountains in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales that top 2,000 foot with a drop of 30 metres or more. They make for an excellent challenge and a great reason to visit the area.

“How to buy the book, see the full mountain listing and more information. CLICK HERE

I have written and produced this book for a number of reasons.

The mountains are excellent

They are full of interest, each one has its own personality and they offer an interesting challenge to climb.

Many are sadly neglected

There is some wonderful ridge walking on many of them and away from the ‘3 Peaks, of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent you will not see a soul. Pleasant as this can be I could not help feeling that it is a waste.

There is no guide

There is precious little information on the mountains and there should be! Once I had developed the challenge itself I felt it was definitely worthy of publicity.

The book was put together with the support of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and as a result 5% of any book sales will go to the 3 Peaks project which protects the footpaths and challenge of the 3 Peaks.

About the Book

I have given the book its own flavour and personality which is different from other guide books and different from other mountain books. I would like it to stand out.

The majority of the book is spent describing each mountain:

  • Plenty of unique photography
  • A Personal description of the mountain with some quirky anecdotes and advice for the would be climber.
  • Route descriptions including My Favourite Route which may not be the most popular. A sketch map of the routes is also included.
  • Other interesting anecdotes (often historical or geological) about the mountains or nearby area.

In addition there are 5 blogs written from local personalities about differing aspects of the Dales 30. The issue of public transport, accessibility, maintenance of the paths and the 3 Peaks challenge are all tackled.

The book is attractively produced and a pleasure to read; written and produced by a local walker, printed locally and supported by the guardians of the area. Surely a must for anyone climbing the mountains of the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales.

The Dales is a great place to visit at any time of the year and the Dales 30 provide a reason to do it.

To buy the book and support the area use the link below. 
Price:  £12.95 (Postage Free).

You can order securely online using PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay by debit or credit card by selecting the ‘Don’t have a PayPal account’ option at the checkout.

Alternatively if you would prefer to pay by cheque or bank transfer, please complete the Order Form and return it by email or post. 

Enjoy your walking



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  • Jonathan says:

    All the walks in the area are excellent. But from your base in Airton I would do a short walk up the river from Airton to Kirkby Malham on arrival.
    Next day head in to Wharfedale for the best of the Dales 30 in Upper Wharfedale, Buckden Pike, which is a good climb. On your final morning head up to Malham and have a look at Gordale Scar, Janets Foss and the Cove.. Its a lovely area. Jonathan

  • John Taylor says:

    Jonathan, I purchased your book earlier to help me choose a walk or two while we are on a short visit in the Dales…I am having trouble choosing which would be best for us…I hope you can help? We are planning to stay at a B & B in Airton arriving before noon on a Sunday hoping to do an afternoon walk nearby…the following day we will have all day for a longer walk followed by time for a shorter morning walk before departing for Shrewsbury…can you help?

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