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The Yorkshire Dales and the surrounding area

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The Yorkshire Dales and the surrounding area


Circular around Arnside Knott
A circular walk around Arnside Knott in Lancashire. Arnside Knott is a haven for birds and wildlife with a mixture of Southern and Northern species on the edge of their ranges. From up on the Knott, many of the Lakeland Fells can be seen as indicated on the viewpoint indicator.

Circular around Attermire Scar from Settle
A circular walk from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. From Settle the walk follows the Malham path over to Attermire Scar. From there it heads around past Victoria cave and on to Victoria cave, before returning through fields back to Settle.

Circular from Bolton Abbey along the River Wharfe and the Strid
A circular walk from Bolton Abbey, starting near to the Priory. The walk takes in the ruins of the priory and passes a couple of cafes en-route. As there are quite a few bridges over the Wharfe, the walk can be shortened if required. Signs along the way show the nature trails through Strid wood, whilst the walk itself passes by the Strid, which offers great photo opportunities when the Wharf is in full flow. The walk heads up to and crosses Barden bridge before returning down the other side of the Wharf, where the footpath is more undulating.

Circular from Byland Abbey via Mount Snever Observatory
This circular walk starts in front of Byland Abbey. Byland Abbey was started in 1177 by the Savigny monks, a reforming branch of the Benedictines. From the abbey, the walk heads into Wass and then follows a track through a wood for about one mile to reach Mount Snever Observatory (a now disused stone tower) before descending to Oldstead and heading back to the Abbey.

Circular from Aysgarth Falls via Castle Bolton
A circular walk from the National Park Centre at Aysgarth in Wensleydale taking in three flights of waterfalls. The waterfalls have been a popular attraction since the early 19th century, when Wordsworth used to visit. Turner and Ruskin have painted the falls and they were even the setting for a fight scene in the Hollywood film Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves. A woodland walk is then followed to head on to the ruins and gardens at Bolton Castle. There you can stop for refreshments before returning back to Aysgarth via Carperby.

Walk around Castle Howard Grounds
A walk around the grounds of Castle Howard, a magnificent stately home 15 miles from York. The courtyard, rose garden, boar garden, Ray wood, Temple of Venus and the Great Lake are just some of the highlights on the walk.

The Gragareth, Great Coum and Crag Hill Horseshoe from Leck Fell House
A circular walk from Leck Fell House in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads up across open moorland to Gragareth, via the '3 Men of Gragareth' - 3 large cairns guarding the hill! Then from there a path is followed along the moorland ridge to pass over Great Coum and then around to Crag Hill. The broad ridge offers wonderful panoramas of the Dales and round to the Lakeland Fells. The walk then drops down to Ease Gill via Bullpot Farm, before climbing back up to Leck Fell House. Note - not all the paths are well marked.

Circular from Malham via Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
A circular walk from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk initially passes by the picturesque Janet's Foss before reaching Gordale Scar. If waters permit and your ability allows, you can climb up Gordale Scar and head on to Malham tarn. An alternative route is also described to the tarn. The walk heads on down the dry valley to reach the limestone top of Malham Cove, before dropping back down into Malham.

Circular from Grassington via Grass Wood, Gaistrill's Strid and the River Wharfe
A delightful circular walk from Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk passes through the market square in Grassington and then slowly gains height as it follows the Dales Way. After passing through some limestone pavements the walk passes through Grass Wood nature reserve, before dropping down to the River Wharfe, which is followed back into Grassington via Ghaistrill's Strid.

Circular from Hawes via Hardraw Force
A circular walk from the tourist information centre in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk initially follows the Pennine Way and visits Hardraw Force behind the Green Dragon public house, where a small fee is payable as the waterfall is on private land. The waterfall is England's highest above ground waterfall, with the gorge around it forming a natural amphitheatre. The walk returns to Hawes via the village of Sedbusk.

How Stean Gorge, Middlesmoor and Nidderdale
A circular walk taking in How Stean Gorge - England's little Switzerland. The gorge has been described as resembling the Grand Canyon, but just on a much smaller scale! The walk then passes through Stan, Middlesmoor and Lofthouse, with part of the route being along the Nidderdale Way. Many views along the way, especially towards Nidderdale and Gouthwaite reservoir.

Circular from Clapham via Ingleborough Caves and Gaping Gill
A circular walk from the picturesque village of Clapham, which affords wonderful views of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. It heads past Ingleborough Cave, which can be visited and then on through the impressive Trow Gill to reach Gaping Gill. Here a shaft disappears 110m in to the ground, to reach a chamber which is the largest in the UK. Twice a year, pothole clubs raise funds by charging to winch people down the hole.

Ingleborough from Horton-in-Ribblesdale
An out and back walk from Horton in Ribblesdale, following the Yorkshire Three Peaks route up and down to Ingleborough summit. The walk heads over the Settle to Carlisle railway line and then on to Sulber Nick. From there the path climbs steadily across Simon Fell, before climbing more steeply up on to the plateau top of Ingleborough, affording panoramic views all along the way. The return is via the same path.

Ingleborough from Ingleton
An out and back walk up Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, from Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk up Ingleborough starts by leaving Ingleton via Storr's Common to head along typical Dales tracks until it reaches the picturesque Crina Bottom, the site of many a photograph. From here the real climbing starts as Ingleborough is climbed via a well maintained footpath. From the summit there are views out into Morecambe Bay and round to the Lakeland Fells as well as to the nearby Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. The path is now retraced back to Ingleton, but affords different views in the reverse direction.

Ingleborough Circular from the Hill Inn
A Circular walk to Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales. Head along Southerscales Scars and Humphrey Bottom on the way to Ingleborough's summit. Ingleborough is one of the 'Yorkshire 3 Peaks' and affords wonderful panoramic views of Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and out to Morecambe Bay and round to the Lakeland Hills.

Ingleton Waterfalls from Ingleton
The Ingleton waterfalls walk in the Yorkshire Dales is one of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland walks in the UK - if Carlsberg did waterfall walks, this would probably be the best waterfall walk in the world! The walk is easy to follow and passes Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout, Thornton Force, Beezley Falls, Rival Falls, Baxenghyll Gorge and Snow Falls. The trail leads through ancient oak woodland and typical Yorkshire Dales scenery via these stunning waterfalls and other geological features. A good time to go is a day or two after heavy or prolonged rain, with my personal favourite being late April, with the spring flowers in full bud but before the leaves come back on the trees. The walk is open seven days a week, throughout the year (closed Christmas Day) and opens at 9am. Closing times vary throughout the year.

Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove from Malham
A circular from Malham, taking in all the natural wonders the area has to offer. Malham is a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, but is a great draw amongst walkers, ornithologists and tourists in general, due to the easy accessibility of the natural wonders surrounding it. The walk starts in the village centre and follows Malham beck and then Gordale beck, before passing through a delightful wooded area to reveal Janet's Foss, a waterfall set in its own little amphitheatre. A few yards further on, Gordale Scar is reached, a gorge with limestone cliffs over 100m high. The walk retraces its steps to Gordale bridge and then on over a short climb to reach the limestone pavement above Malham Cove. After admiring the pavement, head down to the foot of the cove and away from it to reveal the cove in its full splendour. The cove is over 80m high and 300m wide and once was the site of a waterfall higher than Niagara falls! The cove is a favourite with ornithologists, with the peregrine falcon a visitor here. From the cove, a gravelled path is followed back to the road, which leads through Malham back to the car park.

Circular around Littlebeck and Falling Foss
A circular walk starting in the Forestry Commission car park near to Falling Foss. The waterfall is soon reached, whose 30 foot drop can be quite spectacular after heavy rain. The walk continues on to Littlebeck affording views of the surrounding countryside. From Littlebeck, the coast to coast path is followed back towards Falling Foss through Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve, passing the Hermitage at the top of the wooded gorge.

Circular from Richmond through Low Bank and Billy Banks Woods
A circular walk from the market town of Richmond. From the obelisk in the Market Place, the walk heads down to the river Swale. Low Bank and Billy Bank woods are then walked through before crossing the river and climbing a rough track, which affords panoramic views over Richmond and to the castle before returning to the start.

Circular from Clapham via Norber
A circular walk from Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads out along Thwaite Lane, an ancient track past Robin Proctor's Scar towards Norber. After a short climb, the Norber Erratics are reached. There are numerous 'erratics' strewn across the field. The large silurian rocks were moved by ice during the ice age and deposited 'out of place' in the limestone. The walk then heads back in front of Nappa Scar as it returns to Clapham.

Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head
An out and back walk from Dale Head up Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales. The Pennine Way path is followed from Dale Head to the summit of Pen-y-ghent and then the same path is retraced to the start. The path passes by Churn Milk Hole on its way to joining the Pen-y-ghent path up from Horton in Ribblesdale. From the summit, there are wonderful panoramic views.

Pen-y-ghent from Horton-in-Ribblesdale
A circular from Horton in Ribblesdale over one of the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks'. The walk heads to Brackenbottom before climbing steadily over Brackenbottom Scar to join up with the Pennine Way path. This is followed up to the summit of Pen-y-ghent before dropping back down and returning via two short detours to Hunt and Hull Pots. The return to Horton is then via the enclosed walled Horton Scar lane, which offers panoramic views of the whole area.

Circular around Rievaulx Abbey
A circular walk starting from Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park. Rievaulx Abbey was completed in 1175 and was the first big Cistercian church to be built in England. After exploring the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and the terrace above, head towards Rievaulx before crossing Bow Bridge to enter into Ashberry Wood. The path is followed through the wood, which affords further views of the Abbey and terrace, before returning back to the Abbbey via a short road section.

Circular from Richmond along the River Swale and via Easby Abbey
This circular walk starts from the market town of Richmond and passes close by to Richmond Castle before dropping down on to the River Swale. The river is followed to Easby Abbey, which was founded in 1152, whose inhabitants, canons rather than monks, were known as the white monks. A disused railway is then followed back to town, which affords wonderful views of the castle perched up high.

Ruskin's View and St Mary's Church from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
This easy stroll is a wonderful way to see Kirkby Lonsdale and its many delights, the only climb being the '86' radical steps just before you reach Ruskin's view. This short circular walk can be started from any part of the walk and if you want to break off to enjoy Kirkby Lonsdale's many shops, narrow lanes, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, you can. Kirkby Lonsdale is a historic market town, known by many for Devil's Bridge, dating back to around 1370 and Ruskin's view, which he described as the loveliest view in England and therefore the world. The scene has also been painted by Turner. Both these are visited on this short walk. The centre of Kirkby Lonsdale is a mix of elegant well preserved 18th-century buildings and stone cottages built around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with names such as Salt Pie Lane, Horse Market and Jingling Lane.

Circular on Scout Scar near Kendal
A delightful easy circular walk offering wonderful views of the Lakeland Fells on Scout Scar near Kendal. From a small car park next to the Scar the path leads up on to the Scar itself. Pass by the 'viewpoint mushroom' which includes an indicator showing all the Lakeland Fells that can be seen from this point. Continue along the mainly flat scar and then return via a parallel path on the far side of the mushroom. The walk can easily be extended further along the scar.

Seafront Walk at Arnside
A short circular walk in Arnside in Lancashire. From the shore-side parking, a path is followed along the shore which affords views across the estuary to Grange over Sands and to the viaduct. When New Barns Bay is reached, the return is via a more elevated road which affords additional views of the estuary.

Circular from Horton-in-Ribblesdale via Selside and Alum Pot
A circular walk from Horton in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads out along Horton Scar Lane and on to reach Hull Pot, which could well be the largest natural hole in the UK. The path then heads on towards Selside, with views of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) along the way. Through Selside, the path starts its return journey via Alum Pot. Alum Pot is almost 350 feet deep and is joined to other pots / caves by an intricate cave system. The walk then returns to Horton via Sulber Nick.

The Calf from Bowderdale via West Fell
A circular walk from Bowderdale in the Howgills. An easy to follow path follows a beck through Bowderdale before climbing more steeply up to the Calf in the Howgills. The Calf offers wonderful panoramas of the Howgills and Lakeland Fells. The return is via a lofty, wide ridge path that offers views all the way!

The Calf via Cautley Spout from Cautley
A circular walk from the Cross Keys public house near Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads over the River Rothay and then though a delightful valley to reach Cautley Spout. The walk then proceeds steeply up the side of the impressive waterfall to head on to the triangulation point at the Calf, which affords view out to the sea and the Lakeland fells. The return is via Bram Rigg Tops and Little and Great Dummacks.

Whernside from Ribblehead Viaduct
A circular from the Ribblehead Viaduct over one of the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks'. The walk follows the 'Three Peaks walk' path for most of its route, initially following alongside the Settle to Carlisle railway line, before heading up on the path towards Dent. The path then steepens over Knoutberry Hill before following a wall along to the summit of Whernside. The panorama from here ranges from Pendle Hill to the South, round to the Morecambe Bay and then the Lakeland Fells and the Howgills. The return is via a steep drop down to Bruntscar, before leaving the 'Three Peaks path' to turn left eventually passing Winterscales to come out through a tunnel under the railway. The outward path is then followed for the short journey back to the parking area.

Circular around Whernside from Twistleton Scar End
An out and back walk up Whernside, one of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks from near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. From the roadside parking, the route up Twisleton Scar End is followed to pick up a wall, which is then followed along the broad ridge all the way to the summit of Whernside. From here there are wonderful panoramic views of the other 3 Peaks, the Lakeland Fells and the Howgills. The walk retraces the 'upward' route back to the start to enjoy the lofty views in the reverse direction. An alternative route back would be to drop off Whernside much earlier in the return down towards Bruntscar, and follow an alternative parallel path, back along the base of the hill.

Circular of Whitbarrow Scar via Lord's Seat from Mill Side
A circular walk along Whitbarrow Scar in the Lake District from Mill Side. The walk initially passes through woodland before climbing up on to Whitbarrow Scar. A 2Km walk along the scar via Lord's Seat then offers wonderful views of the surrounding area and out into Morecambe Bay. The path then drops off the scar and follows through delightful woodland passes by Witherslack Hall on the way back to the start.

Circular around Whitby Abbey, Lighthouse and Saltwick Bay
A circular walk from the seaside town of Whitby. The walk climbs and heads away from the town to head along to Whitby Lighthouse. The walk along the clifftop past Saltwick Bay affords wonderful sea and cliff views. The walk then heads back in to Whitby via the historic ruins of Whitby Abbey and then down the 199 steps back in to town.

Walk around the York City Walls
A circular walk around the perimeter of the old city in York following the remains of the original city walls. The walk can be started anywhere along the route and broken off at any point to explore the city's many fine teas shops for a break!



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