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Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

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Experience the great outdoors with fantastic Yorkshire Dales walks

Discover the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales with our useful walking guide.

Yorkshire Dales is a picturesque National Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by charming market towns and villages, wooded hills, and heather-covered moorland, the dales are a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Yorkshire Dales Best Walks

Many choose to explore the area with walks in the Yorkshire Dales, immersing themselves in the landscape and wildlife. Popular walks include Horsehead Moor, returning by the beautiful River Wharfe, or around beautiful Malham Tarn through ancient limestone pastures.

If you are bringing your four-legged friend, there are plenty of dog-friendly walks to be enjoyed in the area. Explore the five-mile circular walk from Grassington to Hebden, traversing through fields and meadows with superb countryside views.

For a challenging option, why not attempt the James Herriot Way? This 52-mile track feeds through parts of Swaledale and Wensleydale, taking roughly four-five days to complete. This route takes in a number of the famous sites of the Dales including Hardraw Force and Bolton Castle, letting walkers will get to enjoy the open moorland and the far-reaching landscape.

Other locations for some of the Yorkshire Dales best walks include Ingleton Waterfalls Trail or Buckden Pike and the Polish War Memorial walks in Yorkshire.

Keep reading to discover more of the best Yorkshire walks around…

  • buckden pike yorkshire dales

    Buckden Pike and the Polish War Memorial

    3-5 hours

    7 miles


    This challenging 7-mile route leads to the summit of Buckden Pike and passes the poignant Polish War Memorial, before returning to the village of Starbotton. This dog-friendly route allows walkers to take some of the fantastic views of the area from one of Yorkshire’s highest hills.

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  • river wharfe yorkshire dales

    Horsehead Moor and Deepdale

    2-3 hours

    5.5 miles



    This 5.5-mile dog-friendly trail is a challenging hike up to the dramatic Horsehead Pass, following the moorland ridge as well as the River Wharfe.

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  • Ingleton falls waterfall

    Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

    1h 55m

    4.2 miles


    Capture the wonderful scenery, breathe in the Yorkshire Dales air, and behold this lovely woodland and waterfall walk!

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    James Herriot Way

    52 miles

    The James Herriot Way is a 52-mile walk through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, taking in some of its finest scenery on the way. It climbs the highest peak in Yorkshire, passes historic monuments and explores the beautiful Wensleydale and Swaledale.

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  • Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove Walk - Feature

    Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove Walk

    2h 29m

    4.9 miles


    There are a wealth of sights to be enjoyed on the Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove Walk. The trail is 4.4 miles long and is a must for any hiking enthusiast in the Yorkshire Dales.

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    Malham Tarn

    Malham Tarn is an area including peaks, open grassland and the expanse of water from which the estate found its name. There are a number of different trails that run through the area, such as the famous Pennine Way, and the estate is completely dog-friendly, so make sure to bring any four-legged friends along.

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  • Phen y Ghent and Hull Pot Circular, Feature

    Pen-y-Ghent Circular Walk

    3h 38m

    6.5 miles


    Looking for a dog-friendly trail in the Yorkshire Dales? Come and embark on the Pen-y-Ghent circular walk, where scenic sights are in abundance.

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  • Pugneys Country Park

    Pugneys Country Park Walk


    1.6 miles


    The trail through Pugneys Country Park in West Yorkshire is great for families. This 1.6-mile stroll is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs thanks to the flat, smooth pavement.

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