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Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in the Yorkshire Dales

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in the Yorkshire Dales with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery the Yorkshire Dales has to offer

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most picturesque locations in the country, displaying a National Park and an AONB. Quaint market towns and villages, lush forests, rolling hills and wild heather covered moorland make the dales a popular destination.

Many choose to explore the area on one of the numerous 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. The route takes in a number of the Dales’ famous sites such as Hardraw Force and Bolton Castle. Walkers can also appreciate astounding views of the surrounding open moorland and far-reaching landscapes.

  • Buckden Pike and the Polish War Memorial

    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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  • Horsehead Moor and Deepdale

    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 Waterfalls Trail

    A 4.3-mile circular trail that leads through the Ingleton Glens, a haven for rare plants, birds and trees and a recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its unique geological features. The trail is fairly easy, but does have a number of steep steps so wouldn’t be suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

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    James Herriot Way

    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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  • 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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