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Thorpe & Burnsall from Linton
distance 10.31km Vertical gain +108m Vertical drop -111m Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Linton (North Yorkshire) - North Yorkshire

This is a wonderful Yorkshire Dales walk that includes pleasant countryside, villages and a super walk along the banks of the River Wharfe. Refreshments are available in Burnsall.

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distance 10.5km Vertical gain +137m Vertical drop -138m Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in West Witton - North Yorkshire

This a pleasant walk in Wensleydale that allows you to enjoy this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The highlights of the walk include the River Ure, Redmire Force and the Chapel of the Kinights Templar.

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distance 9.84km Vertical gain +118m Vertical drop -118m Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Kirkby Stephen - Cumbria

A circular walk from the market town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. The route explores the rolling country to the south-west of the town visiting the village of Nateby, before continuing close to Wharton Hall and across Waitby Common back to the start.

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Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove: Circular Walk
distance 13.08km Vertical gain +214m Vertical drop -213m Durée 4h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Malham - North Yorkshire

A great circular walk from Malham village, taking in Janet's Cave / Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn, the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove and the cove itself before finishing back at the car. Consistently interesting and varied scenery.
Please note that there is a scramble up steep water worn rock in Goredale. Some people might find this challenging.

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distance 7.37km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -35m Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bolton Abbey - North Yorkshire

This walk follows the River Wharfe from Bolton Abbey to Barden Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales. One of the highlights of the walk is the Strid, a narrow rocky defile, through which the River Wharfe thunders through. The walk has few gradients and includes some pleasant woodland.

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The Old Gang Smelting Mill & Gunnerside Gill: A Circular Walk
distance 13.36km Vertical gain +325m Vertical drop -320m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Melbecks - North Yorkshire

A walk of two halves. The first part ascends gently on good tracks, passing the remains of the Old Gang Smelting Mill, before crossing the stream and crossing Melbecks Moor and passing the spoil heaps from the long ceased lead mining industry. The path descends via one of the 'hushes' to the Bunton Level above Gunnerside Gill. The return leg is on grassy paths which contour Brownsey Moor and pass through farmland, often following dry stone walls and passing working farms and traditional barns.

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Around Grassington and Hebden
distance 7.48km Vertical gain +71m Vertical drop -68m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Grassington - North Yorkshire

The first part of this circular walk is along River Wharfe and the second one on High Lane, which offer you beautiful points of view of the valley.

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distance 10.66km Vertical gain +558m Vertical drop -552m Durée 4h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Kettlewell with Starbotton - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk has two ascents as you traverse the hills from Wharefdale to Littondale and back again. In complete contrast the final section is level walking following the Dales Way beside the River Wharfe.

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The Knights Templar Preceptory from West Burton
distance 8.28km Vertical gain +205m Vertical drop -211m Durée 2h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Burton-cum-Walden - North Yorkshire

This is a circular walk from the lovely village of West Burton. The start has all the uphill and can be steep but the steep part is short lived. The views are great and there is some interest on the way around with the old lime kiln and the ruins of the Knights Templar chapel.

Walking Bowderdale and the Calf ( Download : )
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Bowderdale and the Calf
distance 17.23km Vertical gain +481m Vertical drop -473m Durée 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orton (Cumbria)-1 - Cumbria

The Howgill Fells offer excellent walking with few other people sharing the landscape. This walk follows Bowderdale deep into the area before climbing steadily to the highest point in this group of fells. The return route offers grandstand views as you follow a lofty ridge back to the start.

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distance 11.48km Vertical gain +346m Vertical drop -346m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Conistone with Kilnsey - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk traverses some fine limestone scenery above Wharfedale. The start is near the village of Conistone and the route takes you high above the dale to enjoy some wonderful views. A section of the Dales Way is used for this walk.

Walking Cracoe Fell ( Download : )
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Cracoe Fell
distance 13.65km Vertical gain +330m Vertical drop -331m Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Linton (North Yorkshire) - North Yorkshire

A hearty climb to a local summit with superb views over Wharfedale and the surrounding hills.

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distance 9.92km Vertical gain +220m Vertical drop -220m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Askrigg - North Yorkshire

Wensleydale in the Yorksire Dales National Park offers some wonderful walking. This route takes in a stretch of the River Ure, passes historic Nappa Hall before traversing the slopes below Ellerkin Scar. The walk then visits Whitfield Gill Force before returning to Askrigg.

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distance 16.7km Vertical gain +365m Vertical drop -363m Durée 5h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Muker - North Yorkshire

A varied all-day walk with sweeping moors, pretty villages, plunging waterfalls and a taste of rocky Swaledale.

Walking A short walk around Settle ( Download : )
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distance 8.77km Vertical gain +319m Vertical drop -311m Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Settle - North Yorkshire

This short walk explores the limestone scenery to the east of Settle and includes the area in the vicinity of Attermire Scar.

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distance 13.32km Vertical gain +300m Vertical drop -299m Durée 4h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ingleton (North Yorkshire) - North Yorkshire

A Yorkshire Dales route that includes a traverse of Blea Moor from Ribblehead. The return route follows a section of the Dales Way across Gayle Moor. The walk includes some unavoidable road walking.

Walking Keld & Swinner Gill ( Download : )
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distance 9.2km Vertical gain +226m Vertical drop -226m Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Muker - North Yorkshire

An easy walk in scenic Swaledale, with an adventurous option to witness the austere beauty of Swinner Gill.

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Gunnerside Gill and Kisdon Force
distance 21.57km Vertical gain +570m Vertical drop -574m Durée 7h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Melbecks - North Yorkshire

A walk of two distinct halves.
The first part of the walk ascends gently along the side of Gunnerside Gill, to take in the remains of the abandoned lead mines. It crosses the moor to Swinner Gill mine where a short detour takes in a waterfall and cave. The walk then curves around towards the village of Keld.

The second part of the walk descends to the waterfalls and then through the gentle valley curving around into Swaledale where it passes through typical Yorkshire Dales farmland.

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Fell Head and The Calf, from Howgill, near Sedbergh
distance 11km Vertical gain +552m Vertical drop -511m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sedbergh - Cumbria

This walk climbs to the Calf via Fell Head. Starting from the small hamlet of Howgill, near Sedbergh, this route sees few walkers. Offering good views to the Shap Fells and the higher hills of the Yorkshire Dales, this is a walk for the connoiseur.

Walking Tan Hill Colliery ( Download : )
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distance 3.06km Vertical gain +38m Vertical drop -38m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Muker - North Yorkshire

A straightforward out-and-back stroll sampling the atmospheric local moors, with wide views and hidden mining relics.

Walking Thorpe and the Wharfe ( Download : )
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distance 7.39km Vertical gain +67m Vertical drop -74m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Linton (North Yorkshire) - North Yorkshire

A pretty village and a glorious section along the River Wharfe to Linton Falls.

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distance 4.84km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -64m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Linton (North Yorkshire) - North Yorkshire

An impressive rapid, a riverside church and access to the facilities of Grassington.

Walking Grinton Smelting Mill ( Download : )
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Grinton Smelting Mill
distance 6.63km Vertical gain +254m Vertical drop -254m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Grinton - North Yorkshire

An easy circular walk from Grinton with lots of interest. The moors above Grinton have the remains of the lead mining industry and on this walk, you will see those remains plus a well preserved smelting mill and its flue which runs up the hillside. The area is now a grouse moor and you will pass shooting butts and feeding stations for the birds. Great refreshments in Grinton and also over the bridge in Fremington at the Dales Bike Centre.

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Pen-y-Ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale
distance 14.27km Vertical gain +456m Vertical drop -461m Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Horton in Ribblesdale - North Yorkshire

A nice circular walk taking in Pen-y-Ghent and returning to Horton in Ribblesdale with regular views of the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

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The Dales High Way and Settle Loop walk from Malham
distance 17.95km Vertical gain +493m Vertical drop -484m Durée 6h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Malham - North Yorkshire

A nice circular walk from Malham in a westerly direction towards Settle and then curving north past Attermire Scar with a detour to explore Victoria Cave. The loop returns towards Malham via Malham Cove. Interesting and varied scenery throughout the walk and mostly on well maintained paths or tracks.

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distance 11.25km Vertical gain +525m Vertical drop -524m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sedbergh - Cumbria

Winder and Arant Haw are two hills included in this delightful walk from Sedbergh. The Howgill Fells are an integral part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park yet they display a unique character. The walking is good, the views superb and the paths quiet. Who could ask for more?

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distance 8.32km Vertical gain +519m Vertical drop -518m Durée 3h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Sedbergh - Cumbria

Cautley Spout, the Calf, Bram Rigg Top, Calders and Great Dummacks are all included in this walk in the Howgill Fells. Starting from Cross Keys, near Sedbergh, the route offers excellent walking within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and visits one of most dramatic locations in these hills.

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High Harker Hill - near Grinton, North Yorkshire, UK
distance 8.6km Vertical gain +246m Vertical drop -246m Durée 4 hrs Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Grinton - North Yorkshire

This route is mostly on public Bridleways and moorland access tracks with a rough gravel surface with drainage channels crossing them. #WalkingWithWheels.

Walking Grimwith Reservoir ( Download : )
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distance 10.88km Vertical gain +138m Vertical drop -133m Durée 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Appletreewick - North Yorkshire

Circular reservoir walk, fresh around Grimwith Reservoir.

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distance 17.94km Vertical gain +442m Vertical drop -442m Durée 6h25 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Muker - North Yorkshire

This is a circular route starting at Keld and takes in the stunning Kidston Falls and the Upper Swaledale valley before you climb the Gunnerside Gill to times past and the lead minning settlements. Climbing up out of the gill and on to the moors and superb views of the dales landscape and then dropping down the gully to Crackpot Hall and back to Keld.

Walking Hawes to Gayle Round ( Download : )
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distance 1.66km Vertical gain +23m Vertical drop -23m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawes - North Yorkshire

Pleasant walk from Hawes to Gayle bridge and back.

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Crummack Dale and Ingleborough: a circular walk
distance 19.39km Vertical gain +669m Vertical drop -665m Durée 7h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Austwick - North Yorkshire

A lovely walk with changing landscapes and panoramas. From the quiet and scenic Crummack Dale, via limestone escarpments and limestone pavement, you will join the three peaks path to the summit of Ingleborough where you will be rewarded with excellent views on a clear day. The return leg is via the pothole of Gaping Gill and the gorge at Trow Gill before crossing back into Crummack Dale.

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Kidstones, Fleet Moss and Buttertubs : A 100km ride in the Yorkshire Dales
distance 102.7km Vertical gain +1428m Vertical drop -1426m Durée 6 hrs Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Richmond - North Yorkshire

A 100km circular ride starting in Richmond and passing through the Yorkshire Dales taking in the climbs of Kidstones Pass, Fleet Moss and Buttertubs Pass. Great scenery and places for refreshment stops.

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distance 9.87km Vertical gain +229m Vertical drop -229m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aysgarth - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk explores the pleasant countryside and moorland of Wensleydale. It starts from Aysgarth village and uses moorland paths and tracks for much of its route.