20 Hidden Gems


I love walking away from the crowds, exploring by myself and finding some ‘Hidden Gems’. Avoid Malham and Horton, the central spine of the Lakes and the Yorkshire Coast and there are some absolute crackers just waiting for you to discover.

You may not see a soul all day on these walks and if you do they will be few and far between. However one thing you will know about anyone you see…they have taste.

Normally I would list only a Top 10 but there are so many I enjoy it has to go to 20! .y very best is right down the page at No 1.

20. Blea Rigg from Langdale, Lake District

A myriad of sheep tracks will lead you astray on this pretty part of the central Lake District. Watch the hordes everywhere exc3ept where you are.

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19. The Lead mines on Grassington Moor

Above Grassington lies some pretty moors where man used to work but now is left for birds, grouse and the lonely walker.

 

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18. The ‘Other’ Borrowdale

Between the A6 and the M6 near Shap lies a hidden valley, rarely visited and enclosed by some attractive grassy ridges.

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17. The Backside of Whernside

Even popular fells have their quieter approaches. Approach Whernside from Dent, past the tarns and discover Deepdale.

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16. Dry Valleys of Thixendale

You may never have even visited the Yorkshire Wolds let alone walked the dry chalk valleys of the area. Try it.

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15. Kentmere & Troutbeck, Lake District

An unusual and very enjoyable circuit links these two contrasting valleys that lie under the popular Kentmere Round.

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14. Twisleton Scar near Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales

Limestone characterises the southern Yorkshire Dales and nowhere is it better showcased than on the western slopes of Whernside.

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13. High Moors over Carlton, North York Moors

The moors in this part of the world have a unique quality and are particularly memorable in spring and autumn.

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12. Dufton Pike, Pennines

Off the beaten track but a must visit for any serious walker, the shapely peak of Dufton Pike catches the eye from miles around.

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11. Rannerdale Knotts, Lake District

Gorgeous in late Spring but peaceful anytime is the valley of Rannerdale and the pretty summit ridge of Rannerdale Knotts.

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10. The Remote North, Lake District

North of the crowds heading up Skiddaw and Blencathra lies an area of rolling fells much beloved by Chris Bonnington.

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9. Coverdale and the River Walden, Yorkshire Dales

I always like crossing between  valleys and these two dales lie to the south of Wensleydale, a peaceful escape from the world outside.

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8. Rosedale Explorer, North York Moors

The best of the North York Moors can be explored from Rosedale Abbey, moors, valleys and cute cafes offer a walk of great variety.

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7. Mellbreak and Crummock Water, Lake District

Standing isolated on the shores of Crummock Water, Mellbreak has excellent views all down the Buttermere Valley.

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6. Ancient Castles of Mallerstang, Pennines

2 easily explored ruins of ancient castles, the source of the Eden all lie under the gaze of an excellent mountain, Wild Boar Fell.

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5. Yarlside in the Howgills

The Howgills offer some perfect walking and although any walk here is good, Yarlside and Randygill Top are the best.

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4. Great Knoutberry in Upper Dentdale

Viaducts, moorland, a Dales 30 mountain and the highest station in England all combine for this special and rarely visited area.

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3. Woodland Fell & Beacon Tarn, Lake District

The area characterises all that makes the Lakes special, rocky knolls, bracken filled hollows and one of my favourite tarns.

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2. Discover the Upper Esk, Lake District

I ‘discovered’ the Upper Esk on a warm summer’s day, what a place to camp in simply stunning surroundings.

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1, Hidden Valleys of Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Littondale and Langstrothdale may not be well known but they are full of character and the crossings that link them are memorable.

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If you want to find some more hidden gems have a look at these sections of the website.

Lake District: Away from the Crowds

Yorkshire Dales: Down Dales, Over Moors

Enjoy your walking

Jonathan

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