Lost world of Dallowgill

  • A forgotten corner of the eastern Dales
  • Beautiful woodlands by the stream
  • Soft rolling landscape

Dallowgill is a beautiful wedge of woodland which lies 3 miles from Kirkby Malzeard and within easy access of Masham and Ripon. If , like me, you had never heard of the area before then I strongly recommend a visit. I would have skirted past the area if not for a recommendation from someone in the know. The small hamlet of Dallow (little more than an old hall and some cottages)  lies on the edge of the moorland which stretches south west unbroken to Pateley Bridge with the small ‘Dallow Gill’ flowing past 100 yards away. The woodland that cloaks the steep sides of the stream is a delight; Scots Pine lives here next to willow, larch and even some ancient oaks with green paths showing the trees off to great effect.

The views across the Vale of York stretch to Roseberry Topping and the escarpment of the Yorkshire Moors, whilst nearer to home is Greygarth Monument (erected by locals to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897) – the top of which can be reached by a ladder through its middle, Dallow Hall and the wonderful church next to the outdoor centre are lovely. This is a land the time has thankfully passed by, enjoy it whilst you can

Recommend: There are 22 mosaics dotted over the moors which can be searched out (with some difficulty – I did not) and ticked off. They were made by locals in 1997 and are now attached to startegically placed boulders

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 298 Nidderdale and Ripon Buy Now
Start Point: SE 180727. There is some parking on the moor. Head up the road for 250 yards before turning rights on the lane to Porter Lane Farm
Height to Climb: 119ms (390 feet)
Terrain: Good lanes or paths even in the woods.
Eating & Drinking: The Drovers Inn is a mile from the start point of the walk (as of April 2013 the Drovers has been gutted by a fire so is not at present open) and there are 2 further pubs in Kirkby Malzeard
Similar Walks Nearby: Druids Temple from Masham
Beautiful River Nidd
Hackfall Woods south of Masham
Places to Stay:


The Moorhouse, Dallowgill