Littondale Circular

  • Views down Littondale & Wharfedale
  • Superb underfoot terrain
  • Limestone pavements & scars

Walking on the excellent tracks that link Littondale with Upper Wharfedale at Kettlewell I am more and more convinced that Littondale offers some of the best walking territory in the Yorkshire Dales. I climbed directly over the shoulder of Middlesmoor Pasture on an excellent grassy path (anyone would be proud if their lawn looked like this).  Finally I cut under Gate Cote Scar, a fine example of weathering limestone rock, and returning from the shoulder to the River Skirface at Hawkswick.

I am not able to put my finger on any single reason why I enjoy walking in Littondale but it is surely some combination of the following; quietness, great footpath network, unspoilt landscape, smooth grassy slopes with a sprinkling of limestone scars, characteristic dry stone walls and ancient barns and a string of attractive villages and hamlets. I did notice there is a great deal of tree planting going on on the south facing slopes above Arncliffe and I hope this adds to the scenery rather than detracts by closing off the open views which is so much the attraction of the dale.


No need to drop down to Kettlewell, the track under Gate Cote Scar is excellent and offers a great perspective of the native limestone.

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Arncliffe Circular map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SD 931718. Arncliffe. I parked near the school, cross the bridge and immediately take the footpath on the right. Well sign posted to Kettlewell
Height to Climb: 480 ms
Terrain: The Yorkshire Dales are less eroded than the the Lakes and the paths are usually better. The under foot terrain on this walk is superb, a real joy.
Eating & Drinking: The Falcon in Arncliffe is a traditional Dales pub which has been spruced up but has not lost its character. Good choice. As has the newly refurbished Queens Arms at Litton.
Similar Walks Nearby: Hidden Valleys of Wharfedale
Limestone Scenery near Comistone
Great Whernside from Kettlewell
Places to Stay:


Queen’s Arms, Litton