Yorkshire Dales Walks
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|Aysgarth Falls||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a woodland walk to the spectacular Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are three tiers to the falls which make for a wonderful spectacle, particularly in wet weather. The upper and middle falls were featured in the film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'. |
This circular walk starts on the northern side of the River Ure by the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre where there is a good sized car park. The centre is a great place to find information about the walks in Aysgarth and Carperby. There is also a cafe for refreshments. You can see it by clicking on the street view link below.
After leaving the car park you can pick up a woodland trail through St Joseph's Wood and out into the countryside, where there are great views of the surrounding area. The walk then descends to the river where there are nice viewpoints near the falls.
The area is a nature reserve so look out for some lovely flora and fauna on your walk. In the spring and summer you can see wildlflowers and bluebells in the woods. Also look out for wild birds, squirrels and deer.
You can return to the car park or extend your walk by crossing the Yore Bridge and following another footpath on the southern side of the river. You'll pass the old Yore Mill and Craft Shop which has some nice gifts.
|Baildon Moor||2 miles (3 km)||This large area of moorland near Bradford is great for walkers and cyclists. There's miles of good trails and fantastic views of Leeds and Bradford from the elevated position of the moor.|
There's a good sized car park on Glovershaw Lane just to the north west of Baildon town centre. From here you can pick up numerous footpaths and bridleways suitable for mountain bikers. Head south from the car park and you can climb Baildon Hill which rises to a height of over 900ft. It's a great spot to soak up the far reaching views over the Yorkshire cities, towns and hills surrounding the moor.
To extend your walking in the area you can head south and visit the delightful Shipley Glen before picking up the towpath along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The lovely glen is right next to the moor and is well worth a visit with its pretty beck and woodland trails. It also includes the splendid Bracken Hall Countryside Centre which has a wealth of information on the area.
The River Aire also runs through nearby Shipley.
The Bradford Millennium Way and the Dales Way Link also run past the western fringe of the moor. Both these trails will take you to Bingley Moor and Ilkley Moor if you follow them north.
Just a few miles to the east at Guiseley you will find Esholt Woods which is another good place for walkers and mountain bikers.
|Beamsley Beacon||3 miles (5.5 km)||This short climb in the Yorkshire Dales visits Beamsley Beacon which is also known as Howber Hill. It's located close to the little village of Beamsley in the Craven district of North Yorkshire. You can start the walk from here and then follow a mixture of country lanes and public footpaths to the hill. The summit stands at a height of 326 metres (1,070 ft) and includes a number of stone cairns, dating from the Bronze Age. From the peak there are splendid views over the surrounding hills and countryside including the nearby Chelker Reservoir. You can extend the walk by continuing on to Old Pike. |
Beamsley is located very close to the wonderful Bolton Abbey. You can extend your walk by following the nature trails along the River Wharfe and it's surrounding woodland. The Dales Way also passes through the area. You could visit the beacon from Ilkley by following the long distance trail along the river to Beamsley village.
There are also public footpaths that will take you to Chelker Reservoir just to the west of the hill.
|Bolton Abbey||7 miles (11.5 km)||Explore the huge estate surrounding the ruins of this 12th-century Augustinian monastery. There are miles of riverside walking trails to follow with the River Wharfe running through the estate. The paths take you to the Strid - here the River Wharfe becomes very narrow causing the water to rush with great force at this point. There are also colour coded nature trails taking you through ancient woodland and bluebells in spring.|
The fascinating ruins of the 12th century priory are also worth exploring. Nearby are stepping stones across the river which are always popular. You can extend your walk by heading across Barden Moor or climbing Simon's seat through the Valley of Desolation.
The Dales Way also runs through Bolton Abbey so you could continue along this path.
The climb to Beamsley Beacon starts from the nearby village of Beamsley. It's a good climb giving splendid views of the area.
You could also head to the south west and visit Chelker Reservoir.
|Bradford Millennium Way||45 miles (72 km)||This waymarked circular walk takes you on a tour of some of most beautiful countryside, pretty villages and attractive moorland in West Yorkshire.|
The walk starts on Shipley Green, just north of Shipley town centre. You then head north to Weecher Reservoir, passing the lovely Shipley Glen and Baildon Moor on the way.
The route continues to the wonderful Ilkley Moor. The moor has many interesting geological features, bronze age stone circles and fabulous views from the high points.
After passing the town of Ilkley you continue to the village of Addingham, passing Addingham High Moor on the way. The route then passes Silsden Moor and Silsden Reservoir before skirting the outskirts of the town.
From Silsden you continue south through Airedale to Steeton, crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire on the way.
You then pass Steeton Moor and Laycock before crossing Keighley Moor and Oakworth Moor. This section includes a waterside path along Keighley Moor Reservoir.
The next stage takes you to the lovely little hamlet of Oldfield. From here there are panoramic views across the Worth valley towards Bronte country. The path heads south from here to the Bronte Waterfall. This delightful spot was popular with the Bronte sisters who loved visiting the pretty waterfall. There is a lovely little bridge called Bronte Bridge next to the falls. The area also includes the ruined farmhouse of Top Withens, said to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
From the waterfall you continue to Oxenhope and then Denholme, passing Leeming Reservoir and Thornton Moor reservoir on the way. The final section takes you back to Shipley via Goitstock Wood, Harden Beck and Bingley.
The walk is well marked with a series of yellow and blue discs.
|Bronte Waterfall and Top Withens||7 miles (12 km)||Visit these two landmarks associated with the Bronte sisters on this delightful literary walk in West Yorkshire. The two sites can be reached from Haworth which is just a few miles east of the falls. The area known as Bronte Country is exceptionally beautiful with flowing becks, attractive moorland scenery and great views of the Pennine Hills. It is quite a challenging walk climbing to a height of over 1300ft on the high points.|
The walk starts from the town of Haworth at the church in the centre of the town. There is a parking area close by and the train station is also just a few minutes stroll away. From the church you can pick up the Bronte Way to to take you through Penistone Hill Country Park. The 179 acre park consists of lovely undulating grass and heather moorland with fabulous views over the area. The path then continues across Haworth Moor to the falls. The picturesque spot was a favourite of the sisters, who would often spend time contemplating at the falls. After enjoying the beautiful spot the walk continues south west to the ruined farmhouse of Top Withens, said to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
The route then follows a section of the Pennine Way over Stanbury Moor, passing Withins Slack and Flaight Hill before rejoining the Bronte Way. On the return leg you can take a small detour to visit Lower Laithe Reservoir if you have time.
To extend your walking in the area you could pick up the Pennine Way and visit Watersheddles Reservoir and Ponden Reservoir which is located just north of the falls. Here you will find Ponden Hall said to be the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange, the home of the Linton family in Wuthering Heights.
|Buckden Pike||7 miles (12 km)||This circular walk climbs to the 702 metres (2,303 ft) summit of Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. |
The walk starts in the parking area in the village of Buckden and follows a bridleway to the summit. From here there are wonderful views of Great Whernside, Yockenthwaite Moor and across the Yorkshire Dales. You then descend to Starbotton passing the war memorial to the Polish airmen who died when their Wellington Bomber crashed on Buckden Pike during a snowstorm in 1942. The descent follows the Walden Road with views of pretty becks and waterfalls on the way. At Starbotton you cross the River Wharfe and pick up the Dales Way for a lovely riverside section taking you back to Buckden. Look out for Kingfisher, Heron, and Dipper on this section of the walk.
|Catrigg Force||7 miles (12 km)||This circular walk visits the beautiful Catrigg Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales. It's a wonderful spot and can be easily reached from Stainforth. This longer walk starts at Settle and involves some more challenging hill climbing.|
After leaving Settle you climb towards Attimire Scar where you can see a series of caves and interesting limestone formations. You then descend to the waterfall, passing Jubilee Cave, Victoria Cave and Winskill Stones - a 74-acre area of limestone grassland and limestone pavement. The area is also a nature reserve with a wide variety of plants and wildflowers, such as sandwort, horseshoe vetch, meadow saxifrage, mossy saxifrage, mountain everlasting and moonwort.
Shortly after passing through Winskill Stones you come to Catrigg Force. The waterfall has 2 main drops of about 20 feet and a series of smaller waterfalls. It's a delightful area, with peaceful woodland and the Stainforth Beck to enjoy.
The route then continues to Stainforth before picking up the Ribble Way and following the River Ribble back to Settle. This lovely waterside section also passes the Stainforth Force Waterfall.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Malham Tarn Estate or continue along the Ribble Way.
The beautiful Scaleber Force waterfall is also only a two mile walk from Settle.
|Cautley Spout||2 miles (4 km)||Cautley Spout is England's highest (cascade) waterfall above ground. It's located near Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This walk follows a footpath running alongside the waterfall from Low Haygarth to the top of the spout. It is a steep climb but the footpath is essentially a series of steps so it is quite an easy path to the follow. This is likely to be a very peaceful walk as the area does not attract too many visitors. Ideal if you are looking for some solitude in beautiful surroundings. You could continue your walk by climbing further over the beautiful Howgill Fells where there are magnificent views of the Lake District.|
|Cotter Force||1 miles (1 km)||This walk visits the lovely Cotter Force waterfall near Appersett in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk starts at the roadside parking area next to Holme Heads Bridge and follows a good footpath along the Cotterdale Beck to the falls. The falls are very pretty, comprising of six steps, each with its own small waterfall. The area is good for birdwatching too. Look out for dippers, grey wagtails, kingfishers and redstarts. |
There are plenty of good options for continuing your walking in this lovely area. You could visit the nearby Hardraw Force waterfall or climb Great Shunner Fell.
|Digley Reservoir||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy an easy circular walk around this delightful reservoir near Holmfirth sin the Yorkshire Dales. There are lovely views of the surrounding moorland, woodland and countryside to enjoy as you make your way around the water.|
The walk starts at the good sized car park at the North Eastern end of the reservoir off Gibriding Lane. You then pick up a good footpath running along the northern end of the reservoir on the Kirklees Way. You pass Bilberry reservoir and head through Digley Wood on the southern side of the water, before returning to the car park using Fieldhead Lane.
The reservoir is located about 2 miles from Holmfirth so you could start the walk from the town and follow the Holme Valley Circular Walk to the reservoir as an alternative to parking at the car park. This takes you through an area associated with the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine which was filmed in Holmfirth and the surrounding area. You could also enjoy a stroll along the Digley Brook and River Holme at the eastern end of the reservoir or follow the Kirklees Way to the nearby Brownhill and Ramsden Reservoirs.
|Fountains Fell||8 miles (13 km)||Climb to this prominent fell in the Yorkshire Dales and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding hills and countryside. The circular walk starts from the beautiful Malham Tarn and climbs to the fell using a section of the Pennine Way National Trail. The route climbs to a height of 668 metres (2,192 ft) with lovely views of the pretty Fountains Fell Tarn below. At the northern tip of the route you have the option of following the Pennine Way north west to Pen y ghent, one of the famous three peaks of Yorkshire.|
To extend your walking in the area you can explore the Malham Tarn estate with its glacial lake and Tarn Moss Nature Reserve. There's also the climb to Gordale Scar, the fascinating Malham Cove and the beautiful Janet's Foss waterfall to visit on the estate.
The route of the Settle Loop also passes just to the south west of the fell.
|Gargrave||6 miles (9.5 km)||This circular walk explores the countryside and canals surrounding this popular village in the Yorkshire Dales. The route makes use of the Pennine Way and the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to create a 6 mile round walk. It's a fairly gentle route with little climbing and splendid views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales hills. You can start and end the walk from the centre of the village which is accessible by train or bus.|
The area around Gargrave is fantastic for walking and cycling. You could head to Barnoldswick by heading south along the canal or visit the splendid Malham Tarn Estate by heading north along the Pennine Way.
You can also enjoy walk along the River Aire by following the Airedale Way which passes through the village.
|Gordale Scar||4 miles (7 km)||This walk climbs to the spectacular Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales. You start in the pretty village of Malham and follow Gordale Lane and Gordale Beck to Gordale Scar. Here you will find two waterfalls and overhanging limestone cliffs over 100 metres high. It's a truly stunning sight and well worth the climb from Malham. From Gordale Scar you continue the climb towards Seaty Hill where there are magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales. The final section descends along country lanes to Malham Village.|
If you'd like to extend your walking in the area then you could visit Malham Cove and the Malham Tarn Estate for more beautiful scenery.
|Gouthwaite Reservoir||5 miles (8 km)||This walk takes you around this delightful reservoir, near Pateley Bridge and Ramsgill. The route makes use of the Nidderdale Way footpath which runs around the reservoir. It's a super place for birdwatching with three viewing areas on the edge of the reservoir. Look out for great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch in the trees around the water. On the reservoir you can spot goosanders, goldeney, mallard, tufted duck and pochard. Other visitors include buzzard, red kite, hen harriers, merlins and kestrels.|
This walk starts at the car park on the western end of the reservoir but you could also start at Pately Bridge and follow the River Nidd to the reservoir.
To extend your walk you could follow the Nidderdale Way to the spectacular limestone gorge at How Stean Gorge.
|Great Shunner Fell||8 miles (13 km)||Climb to the highest point in Wensleydale on this popular walking route in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route begins at the village of Hardraw near to the lovely Hardraw Force waterfalls. It then follows the Pennine Way National Trail to the village of Thwaite. As such the path is well defined and way-marked.|
There are fabulous views from the summit of Wensleydale to the south, Ribblesdale to the south west and Swaledale to the north, as well as views into Cumbria and County Durham.
|Grimwith Reservoir||4 miles (6.5 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this lovely reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. There is a good footpath running around the reservoir with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. The reservoir is great for bird watching, look out for wildfowl including wigeon, teal, greylag geese and Canada geese on the water. Other winged visitors to the area include ringed plover, northern lapwing, common redshank, curlew, reed bunting, lesser redpoll, whinchat and sedge warbler. |
The walk starts at the car park at the southern end of the reservoir and heads to Grimwith Moor, crossing Grimwith Beck on the way. You continue to Bracken Haw, cross the pretty Blea Gill and then pass Hebden Moor. The final section passes Hartlington pasture before returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Linton Falls. Just to the south is the wonderful limestone gorge at Troller's Gill.
|Gunnerside Gill||5 miles (8 km)||This circular walk in Swaledale takes you through the lovely Gunnerside Gill. It's a beautiful valley with imposing scars, woodland, waterfalls and the pretty Gunnerside Beck running through the centre. The area has a fascinating industrial history having been a significant area for lead mining in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. You will pass several ruined buildings from this period including the remains of Blakethwaite Smelt Mill and the old mine offices.|
This circular walk starts in the pretty village of Gunnerside where you will find a parking area, a pub and tea rooms for refreshments. You then follow footpaths north along Gunnerside Beck to Gunnerside Gill. The walk then crosses the beck and returns through some lovely Yorkshire Dales countryside.
The River Swale runs past Gunnerside so you could extent your walk along the nearby riverside path. Also nearby is the splendid Kisdon Force Waterfall Walk in Keld.
|Hardraw Force||1 miles (1 km)||This walk takes you to the beautiful Hardraw Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales. Access to the waterfall is through the 13th century Green Dragon Inn for a small fee. It's worth the fee as the waterfall is England's highest single drop waterfall, falling some 100ft. A footpath takes you through ancient woodland and along the Hardraw Beck to the falls. The falls are in a lovely spot set in the spectacular narrow gorge of Hardraw Scaur. The area includes a new Heritage Centre with information about the falls and facilities such as toilets, showers and a cafe. |
There's plenty of good options for continuing your walking in the area. You could head to the nearby Cotter Force waterfall where you'll find another good footpath leading to these pretty falls. The Pennine Way also runs past Hardraw so you could pick this up too.
|Herriot Way||50 miles (80 km)||This long distance circular route takes you through areas of the Yorkshire Dales associated with the vet and author James Herriot.|
The walk begins in the pretty village of Aysgarth in Wensleydale. Here you can admire the wonderful Aysgarth Falls before following the River Ure to Askrigg. The village was used as the fictional Darrowby in the BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small, based on the books by James Herriot. Just above Askrigg you can visit the lovely Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls.
After leaving Askrigg you continue to the village of Hardraw where you will find the splendid Hardraw Force Waterfall. The waterfall is England's highest single drop waterfall, falling some 100ft.
The route then heads to the market town of Hawes before climbing Great Shunner Fell. It is the highest point in Wensleydale and commands wonderful views over Ribblesdale to the south west and Swaledale to the north, as well as views into Cumbria and County Durham.
You descend the mountain to Thwaite and then on to the village of Keld where you will find the beautiful Kisdon Force, East Gill and Catrake Force waterfalls.
From Keld you continue across Gunnerside Moor, passing the beautiful valley of Gunnerside Gill. It's a lovely area with a fascinating lead mining history. You can still see several ruined buildings from the period including the remains of Blakethwaite Smelt Mill and the old mine offices.
The walk continues east to Healaugh, passing along Mill Gill. You then follow the River Swale into Reeth.
You continue to Castle Bolton passing through open moorland with lots of pretty heather. The fascinating 14th-century Bolton Castle is another route highlight.
The final section takes you back to Aysgarth, passing through more lovely Yorkshire Dales countryside.
|How Stean Gorge||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this spectacular limestone gorge and enjoy a walk through the beautiful Nidderdale countryside. You can park in the village of Middlesmoor and then follow footpaths to the gorge about half a mile south. It's great for walkers with lots of public footpaths along the rushing river and through the surrounding woodland. The area also has an activity centre where you can try caving, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing.|
After exploring the gorge you could extend your walk by picking up the Nidderdale Way and following it to the nearby Gouthwaite Reservoir.
|Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Fell||5 miles (8.5 km)||Explore some of the finest limestone pavement in the country on this climb to Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Fell. The scenery is striking with boulders and unusual rock formations covering the landscape. You'll pass across Hutton Roof Crags and climb over Newbiggin Crags before reaching the high point at Farleton Knot. All the way there are magnificent views over the surrounding fells. The area is also a nature reserve with a wide variety of interesting flora and fauna. Look out for fly orchids, lily of the valley and dark red helleborine. Wildlife includes small tortoiseshell and brimstone butterflies with birdlife such as woodpecker, long-tailed tits, redwing, fieldfare and mistle thrush. You may also see roe deer.|
This circular walk starts in the village of Hutton Roof and follows the Limestone Link - Cumbria over Hutton Roof Crags and Newbiggin Crags before reaching the high point at Farleton Knott. From here there are fabulous views over the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The route then follows country lanes and other footpaths back to Hutton Roof.
Hutton Roof Crags is located a couple of miles west of Kirkby Lonsdale. You could start the walk from here and follow the Limestone Link - Cumbria to the crags.
|Ilkley Moor||5 miles (8 km)||Visit this geologically fascinating area of West Yorkshire on this challenging and atmospheric circular walk on Ilkley Moor. The moor is in an elevated position above the town with attractive moorland and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. It's a beautiful place with pretty heather in the summer and a myriad of different footpaths to follow.|
Ilkley Moor is located just to the south of the town of Ilkley so you could easily reach it from the bus or train station in the centre of the town. Then follow the Dales Way Link south to take you onto the moor. This route, however, starts from the Cow and Calf car park on Hangingstone Road. Near here you will find the well known Cow and Calf rocks. This striking rock formation consists of a large rock and a smaller one, sitting next to each other like a cow and its calf.
From the rocks follow the paths west across the moor to Cranshaw Thorn Hill and Keighley Road, where you turn south to Whetstone Gate. The route then turns east to take you to another of the major landmarks on the moor. The Twelve Apostles is a fascinating Bronze Age stone circle with 12 stones made from the local millstone grit.
After leaving the Twelve Apostles you head north back towards the car park passing the Backstones stone circle on the way. After your exercise you can enjoy refreshments at the excellent Cow and Calf pub.
The moor is crossed by two excellent long distance walking trails. You could pick up the Dales Way Link and follow it north through Ilkley where it meets the Dales Way. This will take you along the River Wharfe towards Bolton Abbey. Follow it south and it will take you across Bingley Moor to Saltaire and Shipley.
The Ebor Way also crosses the moor. You could follow it to the site from nearby Menston.
For cyclists the West Yorkshire Cycle route runs along the eastern fringe of the moor.
|Ingleborough Mountain||8 miles (13 km)||One of Yorshire's Three Peaks, Ingleborough stands at a height of 723 metres (2,372 ft). This circular walk starts in the village of Clapham and takes you along Clapham lake to Clapdale Woods. You continue along Clapham Beck toward |
Ingleborough Cave. You can take a short detour from the route to visit this show cave which has a long fossil gallery and interesting stalagmitic formations. From the cave you continue to Trow Gill where you will pass through a lovely, wooded limestone ravine before reaching Gaping Gill natural cave. You continue north to the summit where there are fantastic views over the Yorkshire Dales.
The descent takes you through Newby Moss to Newby Cote where you pick up a country lane which takes you back to Clapham.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could try climbing the other two of the Yorkshire Dales three peaks:-Pen y ghent and Whernside.
On the southern slopes of Ingleborough you will find the fascinating Norber Erratics. The geologically significant set of glacial boulders were probably deposited by melting ice sheets at the end of the last ice age, around 12,000 years ago. They can be reached by heading south from Sulber Nick to Moughton Scar and Crummack Dale.
|Ingleton Falls||4 miles (7 km)||One of the loveliest walks in England, this circular trail visits a series of beautiful waterfalls in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.|
The walk starts at the car park in Ingleton and follows the River Twiss through the woodland of Swilla Glen. You then cross the river at Manor Bridge and soon come to Pecca Falls. These falls consist of five main waterfalls dropping 30 metres over sandstone and slate into deep plunge pools. You then climb to Hollybush Spout, before coming to the spectacular Thornton Force. Here you will find a viewing area where you can watch the river plunge 14 metres over a cliff of limestone.
From Thornton Force you head to Ravenray Bridge where you cross the river and begin the return leg. This starts by following Twisleton Lane to Twisleton Hall and Beezley Farm. Here you pick up the River Doe to Beezley Falls and Triple Spout – three beautiful waterfalls all side by side. You continue south along the river passing Rival Falls, and Baxengyhll Gorge where there is a viewing platform with fabulous views of the river and Snow Falls. The final section takes you into the pretty village of Ingleton and then on to the finish point at the car park.
The Richmond Way long distance walk passes through Ingleton so you could pick this up to continue your walking in the area.
|Janet's Foss||2 miles (3 km)||Visit this lovely waterfall on this short walk on the National Trust's Malham Tarn Estate. The falls are located just over a mile from the village of Malham. You can pick up a nice footpath which climbs alongside a pretty beck and through garlic scented woodland to the falls.|
It's a popular and fairly easy walk, on well surfaced footpaths. It's well signposted, taking you along Malham Beck and the rushing waters of Gordale Beck. There's also some attractive waterside woodland trails and great views of the surrounding countryside to enjoy.
You can extend your walk by continuing along the path to the wonderful Gordale Scar with its limestone cliffs and waterfalls. Continue north and you will soon come to Malham Tarn where there are walking and cycling trails around a large, glacial lake.
The Settle Loop circular walking trail passes just to the west of Malham village so this is another good way of exploring the area.
|Kisdon Force||5 miles (8 km)||This walk visits the stunning Kisdon Force, East Gill and Catrake Force waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The walk begins in Keld and first heads to the nearby Catrake Force. It's a beautiful spot comprising of a series of 4 steps each with its own small waterfall. The largest single drop being about 20 feet (6.1 m).
You then head to East Gill Force - it has two main torrents: the upper falls have an impressive 4.5 metre drop whilst the lower section is a series of stepped cascades that fall three metres as East Gill enters the River Swale. The walk continues east to Kisdon Force waterfalls. These stunning falls drop 10 metres (33 ft) over two cascades and are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods with mixed broad-leaved woodland including ash, wych elm and rowan trees. |
The walk then continues along the River Swale towards Muker, passing more pretty waterfalls along the way. You return on the eastern side of the river to Keld.
This is a lovely, fairly easy walk with river views, waterfalls, and woodland.
The Pennine Way walking trail runs past the falls so you could pick this up if you wanted to continue your walk. Also nearby is the fascinating Gunnerside Gill.
The video below shows a similar route but this time starting from Muker. The walk below starts from Keld for more direct access to the falls.
|Knaresborough Round||20 miles (32 km)||This 20 mile circular walk takes you on a tour of the countryside, lakes, rivers, woodland and villages surrounding the historic Yorkshire town of Knaresborough. It's a great way to explore this beautiful part of North Yorkshire.|
The walk starts by the River Nidd near Knaresborough Castle in the town centre. You then follow the river east towards the village of Goldsborough, home to the Grade II* listed Jacobean mansion of Goldsborough Hall. Woodland sections through Great Wood and Parsonage Wood take you to Flaxby and Coneythorpe.
The route continues through several small villages around Farnham including Ferrensby, Occaney, Brearton and Scotton where you will enter the wonderful Nidd Gorge. The beautiful river gorge is a real highlight on the walk with lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for.
The final section takes you towards Starbeck and Gallow Hill before returning to the town.
This walk joins with the Harrogate Ringway so you can pick up this trail to further explore the area.
|Linton Falls||3 miles (5 km)||This popular walk from Grassington visits the spectacular Linton Falls in the Yorkshire Dales. You start off in the lovely village of Grassington and soon join the River Wharfe for a waterside stroll which takes you past the falls. There is a bridge across the river which affords fabulous views of the falls below. The route returns to Grassington through countryside footpaths.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Dales Way and head along the River Wharfe through the beautiful Wharfedale. Also nearby is the delightful Grimwith Reservoir which has a walking path around its perimeter. Just a few miles to the east is the wonderful limestone gorge at Troller's Gill.
|Malham Cove||9 miles (14 km)||This super walk visits two well known beauty spots in the Yorkshire Dales. It begins at the village of Malham and follows the Pennine Way to the stunning Malham Cove. The cove is a huge curved cliff formation of limestone rock with a vertical cliff face of about 260 feet high. There are fabulous views across the Yorkshire Dales from the high point. |
From the cove you continue to climb towards the beautiful Malham Tarn. The tarn is owned by the National Trust and is also a designated nature reserve. The walk takes you around the tarn on footpaths and country lanes before returning to Malham village on the Pennine Way.
An alternative route takes you to the tarn via the spectacular Gordale Scar where you will find two waterfalls and overhanging limestone cliffs over 100 metres high.
|Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls||2 miles (3.5 km)||Just above the little village of Askrigg in Wensleydale there is a lovely walking trail along a river with a series of pretty waterfalls and peaceful woodland. This walk starts in the village and follows the footpath to Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Force falls before returning through some beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside.|
It's a really pleasant area with good signed paths, the sound of the running water and nice shady woodland.
|Norber Erratics||2 miles (3 km)||This walk climbs to this geologically significant set of glacial erratic boulders in the Yorkshire Dales. The Norber erratics can be reached from the nearby village of Austwick. It's a short but quite challenging climb from the village to the rocks which are situated on the southern slopes of Ingleborough Mountain. The fascinating boulders were probably deposited by melting ice sheets at the end of the last ice age, around 12,000 years ago. The walk exposes you to some fine limestone scenery with wonderful views to be enjoyed from the high points. The boulders are dramtically placed with the far reaching dales scenery making a striking backdrop for any photographer.|
This walk starts in Austwick and takes you north to the boulders on good footpaths. You could also start from the nearby village of Clapham. The walk can be extended by heading north to Thwaite Scars, Crummack Dale and Moughton Scars. Just to the north of Moughton Scars you can pick up the trail to Ingleborough Mountain at Sulber Nick.
After your exercise you can refresh yourself in the local pub in Austwick.
To further extend your walking in the area you can head west to Clapham where you can enjoy a stroll along Clapham Lake and Clapham Beck.
|Pateley Bridge Circular Walk||11 miles (18 km)||This circular walk around the Yorkshire town of Pateley Bridge makes use of the Nidderdale Way to take you on a tour the countryside, reservoirs, rivers and woodland surrounding the town. It's just over 12 miles in length so it's one you can complete in a day. The town is an excellent base for walks in the Nidderdale area. It is also home to the oldest sweet shop in England and the fascinating Nidderdale Museum.|
The route starts in the centre of the town and follows the River Nidd north to Gouthwaite Reservoir, passing the village of Wath-in-Nidderdale on the way. The path then heads along the water to Ramsgill with great views across the reservoir. Gouthwaite is very popular with birdwatchers with goosanders, goldeney, mallard, tufted duck and pochard to look out for on the water. At Ramsgill you will find the Yorke Arms, a Michelin-starred restaurant on the village green. Here you turn south along the western side of the reservoir to Heathfield. The walk then heads along the pretty Ashfold Sidebeck towards Pinnacle Hill. On this section of the walk you reach a height of almost 1000ft so there are some really wonderful views over the Yorkshire Dales to enjoy.
The final section descends past Pincher Hill with a short woodland section here also. Shortly after you return to the finish point back in Pateley.
There are many other great walks around Pateley Bridge to try. You can pick up the Six Dales Trail and explore Wharfedale, Washburndale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and Wensleydale.
The Bewerley Industrial Heritage Trail also passes through Pateley. The fascinating trail explores nearly a thousand years of lead mining history.
|Pen y ghent||6 miles (9 km)||Climb to the 694 m (2,277 ft) summit of Pen y ghent on this challenging circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales. Pen y ghent is probably the most famous and popular of Yorkshire's famous three peaks. The others are Ingleborough and Whernside. This route is the classic ascent from Horton in Ribblesdale via Brackenbottom Scar.|
You start in the village of Horton in Ribblesdale at the car park and follow country lanes towards Brackenbottom. You continue the ascent, picking up the Pennine Way just before reaching the summit. From here there are fabulous views across the Yorkshire Dales. The descent follows the Pennine Way passing Tarn Barn, Horton Scar and Hull Point - the largest natural hole in England.
The mountain is located close to the Malham Tarn Estate where you can enjoying cycling and walking trails around the beautiful glacial lake and try another challenging climb to Fountains Fell and Fountains Fell Tarn.
|River Aire||47 miles (76 km)||Follow the River Aire from Leeds to Malham Tarn on this splendid long distance walk through the Yorkshire Dales.|
The walk starts in Leeds city centre, near to the train station and follows the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River through the city. You'll pass the picturesque ruins of Kirkstall Abbey set in a public park on the northern bank of the River Aire.
You continue through the woodland of Kirkstall Forge and Calverley Woods before passing the villages of Apperley Bridge and Esholt.
You then head through Shipley where a short detour to visit the pretty woods and beck in Shipley Glen is advised. This section also passes the fascinating Victorian model village of Saltaire.
The trail continues north west through Bingley, Keighley, Skipton and Gargrave where the route links with the Pennine Way.
The final section runs from Gargrave to the wonderful Malham Tarn Estate where you can enjoy a waterside stroll along the glacial lake before finishing.
|River Swale Richmond||3 miles (5 km)||A short riverside walk from Richmond along the River Swale to the National Trust owned Hudswell Woods. You can start the walk from Richmond Bridge and then pick up the footpaths to Billy Bank Wood, Round Howe and Hudswell Woods. It's a lovely stroll through riverside woodland with bluebells, wild garlic, lesser celandines and wood anemones to look out for. There's lots of wildlife such as chiffchaff, blackcap, garden warblers and a variety of butterflies. |
The Richmond Way long distance footpath starts at Richmond so it's easy to extend your walking in the beautiful Swaledale. If you follow the trail west it will take you through Whitecliffe Wood to Applegarth Scar.
|Scaleber Force||2 miles (3 km)||Visit this beautiful waterfall on this short walk from the Yorkshire town of Settle. The waterfall is about a two mile walk from the town, following the Settle Loop along a series of country lanes and tracks. Although a short distance it is quite a challenging route with the waterfall situated in an elevated position above the town. It's a really beautiful spot with the water cascading down several levels to the deep pool below.|
The walk starts from Settle near the train station and tourist information centre in the town. You then head south along Mitchell Lane, Lambert Lane and High Hill Lane to Scaleber Bridge. Here you will find a sign pointing you to Scaleber Foss along a public footpath. Climb over the wall and follow the path and you will soon come to the falls. Along the way there's some splendid Yorkshire Dales scenery to enjoy. If you prefer a shorter walk you can just park by the roadside on High Hill Lane and follow the little footpath to the waterfall.
To extend your walking in the area you could also visit the splendid Catrigg Force waterfall or enjoy a waterside walk along the Ribble Way.
|Semer Water||3 miles (5.5 km)||This lovely walk in the Yorkshire Dales takes you around the pretty Semer Water and through the heart of Raydale. You'll pass rivers, becks, a nature reserve and some beautiful countryside. It's a hidden gem so you should enjoy a peaceful and tranquil walk.|
The walk starts at the car park near Countersett, on the northern end of the lake. You then follow a good footpath past the lake to Marsett, passing Keld Scar waterfall, Crooks Beck and Marsett Beck on the way. You then follow Marsett Lane back to Countersett.
|Settle Loop||10 miles (16 km)||This circular cycle or walk explores the area surrounding the Yorkshire town of Settle. It's a beautiful area with striking limestone scenery and some challenging climbs with the reward of magnificent far reaching views.
The circuit runs for about 10 miles with views of Malham Tarn, Yorkshire's Three Peaks and Attermire Scar. At the eastern end of the route you have the option of continuing on to the splendid Malham Tarn Estate. Here you can enjoy cycling and walking trails around the beautiful glacial lake and enjoy a climb to Fountains Fell.|
Just off the route near Settle is the wonderful Scaleber Force. It's located off High Hill Lane near the end of the route and is well worth the short detour.
Also nearby is Catrigg Force and Stainforth Force. These are just to the north of Settle and are real highlights of the area.
The route makes up part of the Pennine Bridleway so mountain bikers can enjoy the route as well.
|Skipton Castle||2 miles (2.5 km)||Explore the grounds and woods surrounding this medieval castle in North Yorkshire. The walk takes you along the river which runs past the castle and then into the nearby Skipton Woods where you'll find pleasant woodland trails. You then head up to Park Hill where there are great views of the town and castle. You can also explore the castle grounds with the Tudor courtyard, 12th-century chapel, Conduit Court and twin-towered Norman gatehouse.|
|Smardale Gill Viadiuct||3 miles (5 km)||This walk takes you through the pretty Smardale Gill along the trackbed of a disused railway line. It leads to magnificent Smardale Viaduct. The viaduct was part of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway and has 14 arches, is 90 ft (27 m) high and 550 ft (170 m) long. It's an impressive sight with the structure surrounded by the lovely countryside of the Cumbrian hills and the pretty Smardale Beck which runs through the gill. |
The area is also a managed nature reserve with wildlflowers, woodland and grassland. Look out for flora such as bluebells, primrose and early purple orchid. Wildlife includes goldfinch, field fare and redwing with lots of butterflies around the wildflowers in the summer months. Red squirrels and roe deer can also be seen in the reserve.
To extend your walking in the area you could climb Smardale Fell or Crosby Garrett Fell for wonderful views over the surrounding area.
|Twistleton Scar||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy wonderful views towards Ingleborough and Whernside on this wonderful circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales.|
|Whernside||8 miles (13 km)||Climb to the highest point in North Yorkshire on this challenging walk in the Yorkshire Dales. Whernside is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, with the others being Ingleborough and Pen y ghent.|
This circular walk begins at Ribblehead and heads to the Blue Clay Ridge via the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct. You continue your ascent passing the pretty Little Dale Beck and Force Gill where you can see a series of waterfalls. The route then passes Knoutberry Hull and a small tarn before arriving at the 736 m (2,415 ft) Whernside summit. From here there are fantastic views over the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.
From the summit you descend to Broadrake before crossing the lovely Winterscales Beck. You then follow the beck to Gunnerfleet Farm, and on to the finish point at Ribblehead.
|Yorkshire Three Peaks||25 miles (40 km)||Visit the famous Yorkshire Dales three peaks of Pen y ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough on this challenging circular walk. The three peaks challenge is a popular walk with those raising money for charities. You can also join an organised group walk, see the link below for more details.|
The route begins in Horton in Ribblesdale and heads first to Pen y ghent. The footpath climbs to the 694 m (2,277 ft) summit via Brackenbottom Scar, before descending on the Pennine Way via Tarn Barn, Horton Scar, Jackdaw Hill and Hull Point - the largest natural hole in England.
The walk then continues to Whernside, passing caves, becks and waterfalls on your way to Ribblehead. You then ascend to the 736 m (2,415 ft) Whernside summit via Ribblehead Viaduct, the Blue Clay Ridge, Little Dale Beck and Force Gill where you can see a series of waterfalls. You descend via Broadrake, Philpin Lane and Low Hill.
You then begin the ascent of Ingleborough, passing through the lovely Ingleborough Nature Reserve on your way to the 723 metres (2,372 ft) summit. The route descends back to the finish point at Horton in Ribblesdale via Simon Fell, Grouse Butts and Sulber.
Many people aim to complete the challenge in under 12 hours. Those that do are invited to pay to join the Pen-y-ghent Cafe's privately owned 'Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club'.