Discover Skipton Moor

  • Typical Dales moorland scenery
  • Easy access from Skipton
  • Commanding views across the Aire valley

Living nearby and working in Skipton drew me in to repeated lunchtime walks on Skipton Moor. When I stopped working in the town I took more time to enjoy the beautiful backdrop and views. Furthermore the moor is wonderfully accessible with Shortbank Road turning in to a bridleway only 1/2 a mile from the centre of Skipton (reminiscent, somewhat tentatively, on how the Pyramids appear suddenly from a Cairo street!).

The gorse bushes in bloom are fantastic in May and June and although I often find it dry underfoot I suspect much of the walk can be a mite squelchy. A great winter walk when there is a covering of snow. Geologists are much taken by the quarrying on Jenny’s Gill, a fine example of sandstone beds amongst the 20 metre Millstone Grit wall whilst, just below the quarry, is a series of well worn tracks through the trees much loved by mountain bikers.

Recommend: Start and finish in the town centre.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 003511. Park at the end of Shortbank Road where the bridleway starts and climb up the initially steep bridleway till Jenny Gill. However the best bet is to forget the car and start from the centre of Skipton.
Height to Climb: 238 ms (781 feet)
Terrain: There is a myriad of tracks on the moor, some of which can become very muddy. However you cannot go far wrong if you head to the high ground from Jenny Gill and east thereafter. The return on the old bridleway is straightforward.
Eating & Drinking: Skipton is a large market town so there is a big choice of eating and drinking. Myself, I would visit the Woolly Sheep.
Similar Walks Nearby: Skipton Woods & Castle
Embsay Moor Circular
Sharp Haw from Skipton
Places to Stay:


The Nook, nr Skipton