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6 great walks near Skipton

PUBLISHED: 01:00 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 11 September 2018

Sunrays over Skipton by Simon Sugden

Sunrays over Skipton by Simon Sugden


The Gateway to the Dales can be the perfect base for a walking holiday around the Yorkshire Dales, this selection of walks are all within a ten mile radius of the market town.

Skipton Woods by John WoodSkipton Woods by John Wood

Skipton Woods

0 miles from Skipton

The wood circles the northern boundary of Skipton Castle, you can follow the canal towpath around the castle which takes you to the Sawmill entrance of the woods. From there you can follow the course to Eller Beck to explore the surroundings.

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Embsay Crag above Embsay Reservoir by Anthony DonlanEmbsay Crag above Embsay Reservoir by Anthony Donlan

Barden Moor

2 miles from Skipton

This circular walk startig out from Embsay Reservoir heads up to the top of Crookrise Crag and then takes in Waterfall Gill and Upper Barden Reservoir.

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Rylstone Cross and Cracoe War Memorial in the distance by Keith NunnsRylstone Cross and Cracoe War Memorial in the distance by Keith Nunns

Rylstone and Cracoe

5 miles from Skipton

Starting out just north of Rylstone on the B6265 you will pass by two of the most famous landmarks in the surrounding area: the Rylstone Cross and the Cracoe War Memorial.

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Autumn colours at the Strid, Bolton Abbey by Carolyn BellAutumn colours at the Strid, Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell

Bolton Abbey

6 miles from Skipton

Exploring the grounds of Bolton Abbey be as long as short as you want it to be, there are a number of highlights along the course of the River Wharfe including the Strid, Strid Woods and the famous stepping stones.

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Barden Fell by Phil MoonBarden Fell by Phil Moon

Barden and Simon’s Seat

6 miles from Skipton

Set off from Barden Bridge and head to the summit of of Simon’s Seat, before heading to the Bolton Abbey estate to the woodland called the Valley of Desolation.

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Airton Mill by Terry FletcherAirton Mill by Terry Fletcher


10 miles from Skipton

If you’re in the area near Malham, but would prefer a less path a little less trodden, then thiswalk from the quiet village of Airton could be the one for you. Head to the summit of Haw Crag and take in a section of the Pennine Way on your return leg.

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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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