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Best Walks In The Yorkshire Dales

The Best Walks In The Yorkshire Dales

It is a known fact that the Yorkshire Dales have the best walks, but if it’s your first visit, where do you start? And how do you know which walk really is the best in the Yorkshire Dales?

Whether you’re looking for an adventurous hike across dramatic landscape and moorland, or a leisurely trudge with places to stop for a sandwich, there are thousands to choose from, so we have narrowed down the list to our favourite four.

What’s even better is that there are Yorkshire Escapes homes available to stay in near these walks, so why not make a holiday out of it?

Aysgarth and West Burton – Classic Wensleydale Waterfalls

Our two favourite Dales villages, Aysgarth and West Burton, home to picture-perfect dales, dry-stone walls, and dramatic waterfalls. The walk is a gentle circuit from West Burton along the peaceful banks of the River Ure to the famous Aysgarth Falls, the perfect place to stop for a warming cup of coffee as you admire the waterfalls. For a bigger challenge, try adding on the climb up Penhill to Morpeth Scar at the top, where you will have 360 degrees views of glorious Bishopsdale and Wensleydale.

View more details of this walk and a map here.

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Malham Cove – Dramatic Dales Landscape

“I won’t know for sure if Malhamdale is the finest place there is until I have died and seen heaven (assuming they let me at least have a glance), but until that day comes, it will certainly do.” – Bill Bryson describing Malham

If you’re looking to experience the dramatic landscape of the Dales, this is the walk for you. Walk down the ‘dry valley’ of Watlowes to reach Malham’s famous limestone pavement, explore the peaceful area above Gordale Scar, and trace the evidence of human activity from the earliest hunters of the Palaeolithic right through to the modern day.

View more details of this walk and a map here.

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Ingleborough – One Of The Famous ‘Three Peaks’

Bag one of the famous ‘three peaks’ Ingleborough, which is simply one of the most stunning mountains. Starting at Clapham where there are a selection of pubs, cafes and shops, make your way towards the caves of Ingleborough, Gaping Gill (the largest known cavern in Britain) and the impressive Trow Gill. People have been making the trek to the summit since the Bronze Age, now it’s your turn!

View more details of this walk and a map here.

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Upper Swaledale & Arkengarthdale

If you’re staying in the Yorkshire Dales, walking from the classic Swaledale village of Muker is an absolute must. The beginning of the walk takes your through the famous ‘coronation hay meadows’ which are the best examples of upland hay meadows in the country, and in full wildflower bloom early summer. Then head up Kisdon Gorge on an easy track along the windy River Swale, where you can take a short detour uphill to see the stunning ruins of Crackpot Hall, one of the most photogenic spots in the Dales. Finish in the remote village of Keld for a break before your return along the length of upper Swaledale in all its glory.

View more details of this walk and a map here.

If you would like to escape to Yorkshire and experience some of the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales, we have a variety of large country homes or quaint dales cottages for you to stay in. Explore these homes on our website or get in touch for our advice on where to stay.

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