We present you with the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales for those seeking epic days on the fells. From majestic waterfalls and dramatic gorges to windswept moors and vast skies, these are routes that showcase the very best of the Dales and their unique and unforgettable charm. The walks are suitable for any level of experience; all you need is your hiking boots, your backpack and a thirst for adventure.Our selection of the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales include stunning landmarks, like the
limestone majesty of Malham Cove, the dramatic architecture of Gordale Scar and the awesome prospect of Hardraw Force waterfall. We venture high to tackle some of the national parks’ most beloved peaks, like charismatic Ingleborough or the popular Buckden Pike. And, for those who love a challenge, we’ve included a traverse of the superb Howgill Fells and the region’s most notorious undertaking: the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Few routes in Britain are as varied, or reward you with quite as many scenic treats for so little effort, as this loop from the village of Malham. Tackle it anti-clockwise and enjoy, as you go from one highlight to the next, finishing with a grand climax at Malham Cove. Whether you sample Malham’s delightful pubs and tea rooms before or after your hike is up to you.
Technically, Ilkley Moor is just to the south of the Yorkshire Dales, but it is such a characterful place to explore that we couldn’t justify leaving it off this list. Part of the mystical Rombalds Moor, Ilkley Moor is full of historical interest. Neolithic stone circles and Roman carvings vie for your attention alongside poems etched into rocks and plunge baths that were once enjoyed by Charles Darwin, among others.
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This is a walk that combines a sprawling Pennine giant with England’s highest single-drop waterfall. Great Shunner Fell is a massive upland, the meeting point of five muscular ridges and …
Whernside may be Yorkshire’s highest, but few would contest that Ingleborough is Yorkshire’s most charismatic peak. Its huge, wedge-shaped profile catches the eye from a distance and has lured scores of hiking shoes to its grand summit over the years. As well as its distinctive form, it is characterised by the many karst features found among its limestone bedrock, such as dry rivers, holes, chasms and caves.
Wharfedale is a quintessential Yorkshire Dales valley, with patchwork pastureland, drystone walls, vestiges of an industrial past and charming little settlements. At the head of the valley, above the village with which it shares its name, rises Buckden Pike – the seventh highest peak in the county at 2,303 feet (702 m). Its great stature and position in the centre of the national park make it a wonderful vantage point, with neighbouring Great Whernside rising splendidly to the south east.
Part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park despite being part of Cumbria, the Howgill Fells are unique in character. They’re just as compact as the neighbouring Lakeland Fells to the …
The ever-popular Yorkshire Three Peaks takes in the iconic trio of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent in one epic outing. Set in gorgeous Ribblesdale which – with its charismatic family of shapely fells and the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct – is arguably the most spectacular of all the Dales, this is the kind of hike that well remain etched in your memory for life.