some beautiful walking routes in the Yorkshire Dales National
Park. This National Park was established in 1954, and covers an area of 1,762 square kilometres
(680 square miles) in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines,
in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. It has a landscape of
drystone walls and limestone outcrops which as far as I know is not
replicated anywhere else..
dales have their own characters some being ‘U’ shaped and some ‘V’
Most of the
dales in the Yorkshire Dales are named after their river or stream (e.g.
Arkengarthdale, formed by Arkle Beck). The best-known exception to this rule
(and the subject of regular quiz questions) is Wensleydale, which is named
after the town of Wensley rather than the River Ure which runs through it.
the limestone that runs throughout the Yorkshire Dales, there are extensive cave
systems present across the area, making it one of the major areas for caving
in the UK. The most famous stretch of limestone is probably the limestone
pavement at Malham with its “clints” (the limestone blocks) and
“grikes” (the fissures between) from which there are tremendous views.
Two of my walks takes in this pavement; Gordale Scar and Malham Cove and
Bordley to Malham Cove.
contain the famous “Three Peaks” Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside
which represent an acknowledged 24.5 mile challenge walk which has to be
completed in under 12 hours starting at Horton-in-Ribblesdale where you clock
in at the café to get your badge.
If you are
looking for Yorkshire Dales walks to access by public transport, click on the
"ticket" symbol below. Although many of the walks have been
accessed by car and some of the starting points themselves might not be
close to reliable public transport, most walks are circular and some do pass
close by public transport at some point. The walks can be picked up at that
down to see the Yorkshire Dales walks.
you will require Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales, see Accommodation
For Walkers page.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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