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Heavenly hikes in ‘God’s Own County’ — Yorkshire Dales

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Heavenly hikes in ‘God’s Own County’ — Yorkshire Dales

Hiking Collection by Dan Hobson

7

Tours

29:20 h

60.6 mi

9,025 ft

When you visit the Dales, it soon becomes clear why they call Yorkshire ‘God’s own County’. With some of England's most evocative landscapes, it’s home to mystical mountains, magnificent waterfalls, melancholy moors, lush pastures, wildflower meadows and a resolutely peaceful atmosphere.

On top of spectacular scenery, the national park boasts picturesque villages, warm and cosy pubs, friendly people, wonderful wildlife and abundant local produce to feast on, including Wensleydale cheese, Yorkshire pudding, pikelets, parkin and pints of real ale.

Whether you want to push the extremes of endurance on marathon hikes, test your skills on rocky ravine scrambles, or simply wander alongside waterfalls, daydream by streams and relax by roaring fires, there’s something for you in this Collection.

The biggest challenge here is the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, which takes on the county's highest mountains in one gruelling 12-hour circuit. However, if you don’t fancy the full challenge, there’s a superb route up Whernside, the highest of the Three Peaks, included here that is truly magnificent.

This Collection also takes you up to the highest pub in Britain, transports you to the stunning setting of a famous watercolour by Romantic painter William Turner at Aysgarth Falls and takes you on one of the most impressive waterfall walks you will experience, which begins from the village Ingleton.

If you’re partial to hands-on scrambling, the Gordale Scar and Malham Cove route is arguably the most iconic hike in the Dales. Crossing some of the finest limestone scenery the national park has to offer, the superb route boasts awe-inspiring rocky ravines, immense cliffs and breathtaking views.

Getting to the Yorkshire Dales by train is easy as two National Rail services cover the area. This gives fantastic access and affords one of the most spectacular train journeys in England. After Settle, the train stops at Horton-in-Ribblesdale (perfect access for the Yorkshire Three Peaks), Ribblehead (to explore the iconic viaduct), Dent, Garsdale and Kirkby Stephen.

Bus and coach links to the Dales are excellent, too. Nearby towns such as Lancaster, Penrith, Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Northallerton and Darlington are well served and services within the national park are fantastic.

Where to stay depends on what exactly you want to do on your visit. There are plenty of great options and, as mentioned, brilliant transport links.

A great choice, though, is Hawes. Centrally located, the magical little market town boasts plenty of places to stay, as well as great pubs, restaurants, shopping, and more. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it is also home to the famous Wensleydale cheese.

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    Gordale Scar and Malham Cove — Yorkshire Dales

    Difficult
    03:13
    6.84 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This ticks-every-box Tour is the epitome of a classic hike in the Yorkshire Dales. One of the most iconic routes in the national park, this loop boasts excitement, adventure, beauty, tranquillity, wildlife and breathtaking views.

    

    Before getting into the details, be aware this is an expert hike. A good

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    7.86 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As the highest mountain in Yorkshire, most serious hikers will want to climb Whernside during a visit to the Dales.

    

    Even if you don't have 12 hours to complete the full Three Peaks Challenge, this circuit treats you to some of the best bits that most challengers will miss anyway, comfortably under four

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Yorkshire Dales is well-known for its warm and friendly pubs with roaring fires and quality real ale. However, it’s also home to the highest pub in Britain, the Tan Hill Inn.

    

    This glorious route takes you to the famous watering hole, along with two waterfalls, a view of the curious Nine Standards

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  • Easy
    01:03
    2.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It’s not often that you have the chance to step into the setting of a classic painting. Well, on this Tour you can experience a landscape made famous by English Romantic painter, William Turner.

    

    This lovely little route explores Aysgarth Falls, a spectacular stretch of water in Lower Wensleydale. Carved

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  • Difficult
    12:40
    25.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    4,650 ft
    4,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you’re the kind of person that grabs the bull by the horns, lays down the gauntlet and accepts the toughest challenge going, then this route is definitely for you.

    

    The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is the ultimate feat of endurance for anyone visiting the Dales. At 24.5 miles (39.2 km) long and with

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    4.22 mi
    2.0 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Ingleton Waterfall Trail is a truly unforgettable experience. Boasting seven spectacular waterfalls, plus lots of other quirky sights, this short circuit is guaranteed fun for all ages and abilities.

    

    Starting from Ingleton, this loop explores Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout, Thornton Force, Beezley Falls

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  • Easy
    01:33
    3.30 mi
    2.1 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you’re looking for a short walk that’s big in character, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than this lovely route. Combining two spectacular waterfalls, stunning views and a top-notch pub, this is a sublime saunter indeed.

    

    Starting from the quaint village of Stainforth, the path climbs up a limestone

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    60.6 mi
  • Duration
    29:20 h
  • Elevation
    9,025 ft

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