10 great walks in the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:12 25 April 2020

Muker by Terry Fletcher

Muker by Terry Fletcher


A selection of walks from the Yorkshire Life archive covering the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale.

Burnsall Bridge by Dennis HodgettsBurnsall Bridge by Dennis Hodgetts

Burnsall and Linton

This undemanding walk - at times little more than a riverside stroll - sets off from the bridge in Burnsall and then accompanies the sparkling Wharfe upstream, taking in some of its loveliest sections on the way to Grassington and the dramatic cataracts of Linton Falls before breaking away to visit the hidden hamlet of Thorpe-in-the-Hollow.

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The view towards GouthwaiteThe view towards Gouthwaite

Pateley Bridge and the Gouthwaite Valley

This walk from Pateley Bridge along two high level paths shows the sometimes neglected Gouthwaite Valley is the equal of anything its more glamorous neighbours have to offer.

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Pen Y Ghent by Rob McewenPen Y Ghent by Rob Mcewen

Pen-Y-Ghent and Plover Hill

Pen-y-ghent is one of the most famous hills in Yorkshire. Together with Ingleborough and Whernside, it makes up the county's Three Peaks and forms part of a classic 26-mile outing that challenges all but the strongest walkers. This walk links it to the neighbouring Plover Hill, which is often overlooked by walkers but together the two summits add up to a fine day out, offering wide views of the surrounding fells.

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Ingleborough was named one of the top 25 walks in the country Photo: Rob McewenIngleborough was named one of the top 25 walks in the country Photo: Rob Mcewen


One one the the Three Peaks, Ingleborough is among the most climbed summits in the Dales and this walk makes use of the scenic Settle-Carlisle railway for a linear traverse that makes maximum use of quiet paths and as fine a section of ridge walking as is to be found anywhere in the county.

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Approach to Horton with Penyghent beyondApproach to Horton with Penyghent beyond


Horton-in-Ribblesdale snugly between Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough making it a perfect alternative to the Three Peaks; this walk sets off from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the traditional start and finish points for most attempts on the full trio, but sticks to the flanks of the dale, heading off across the lower slopes of Penyghent before crossing the Ribble to return via the lower pastures of Ingleborough.

Click here to view the directions for the Horton-in-Ribblesdale walk 

Looking down to ReethLooking down to Reeth


This walk in Swaledale starts from Reeth with its fine Georgian buildings set around the vast village green, and then explores two aspects of a less tranquil past. First it visits the remains of Maiden Castle, and then goes on to pass through old lead workings, whose own history goes back beyond Roman times.

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Buckden Pike memorialBuckden Pike memorial


This walk starts at its feet from Buckden, the last sizeable community before the road up Wharfedale begin its climb into Wensleydale. Along the way it also visits one of Yorkshire's loneliest and most poignant war memorials.

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Muker by Terry FletcherMuker by Terry Fletcher

Muker and Swaledale

This walk starts out in the pretty village of Muker and explores the beautiful country along the River Swale and passes by famous local landmarks such as Gunnerside Lodge and Crackpot Hall. 

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Stainforth ForceStainforth Force


Start out at the village of Stainforth near Settle and visit the nearby Stainforth Force, one of the finest waterfalls in Yorkshire,  then explore the countryside on the way to the  the tiny hamlet of Feizor, before heading back again.

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Walkers reach the lonely barn of Farlands LaitheWalkers reach the lonely barn of Farlands Laithe

Calton and Malhamdale

Malham is one of the most visited villages in the Yorkshire Dales and it would be a rare day when it is not thronged with hikers and sightseers yet this walk among the nearby fells is never busy and it is not unusual to have it completely to yourself.

Click here to see the direction for the Calton and Malhamdale walk


All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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