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Walks in the Yorkshire Dales
Written by Paul Clough

If you love the freeing experience of the outdoors and the rush of exploring trails then Walks in the Yorkshire Dales are a great way to encounter many varying terrain types while discovering stunning views and local heritage. Nearly 700 square miles of walks can be found in this part of the United Kingdom which includes part of the Pennines so it may take longer than the average lifetime to fully explore but there is something for everyone to enjoy. This National Park was established in 1954 and remains known as one of Britain's greatest 'breathing spaces'.

For a challenge, the Pennines provides all kinds of walks from multi-day treks like the famous Three Peaks Challenge, the Herriot Way or even the Pennine Way if you want to head further north along with shorter walks that can be covered in a day or less. These cover all walking ability levels and encompass a variety of scenery throughout this area of the countryside such as rolling hills, stunning waterfalls like Aysgarth Falls, numerous rivers, valleys and even multiple cave systems if you prefer to trek through the Earth rather than on it. You can even enjoy the extensive moorland plateaux as well.

Many of the available walking routes start at specific village or even town locations but they may also incorporate ones along the way. If you wish to discover the long history of the Yorkshire Dales you can plan any walk from or to include the remains of the rural industries such as mills and mineral mining sites, plus much of the architecture has made use of local materials and traditional building techniques with some villages dating back to over a thousand years to when first settled.

Alternatively if an active filled time is preferable you can also take part in various outdoor sporting activities are available, or you can take part in any of the organised walking and trail running events throughout the area each year. As there is plenty of choice for walking, hiking and more for Walks in the Yorkshire Dales there truly is something for all tastes so if you find yourself unsure where to start you can find a selection of guided walks, join a local walking group or even take part in a charity sponsored walk.

If you are interested in walking equipment, clothing or footwear then please visit Webtogs the UK's online walking store.


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