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Discover the Southern and Western Yorkshire Dales with a Cicerone guidebook - Maps and Photos

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Published
13 Apr 2017
ISBN
9781852848859
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Second
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
Weight
280g
Pages
256
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Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: South and West

Wharfedale, Littondale, Malhamdale, Dentdale and Ribblesdale

by Dennis Kelsall, Jan Kelsall
Book published by Cicerone Press

Part of a 2-book set, this guidebook describes 44 walks in the southern and western Yorkshire Dales, including the famous 23 mile Three Peaks circuit over Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The other, mostly circular routes of 3½ to 13 miles cover the scenic region between Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle, Skipton and Grassington.

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Description

The Yorkshire Dales need little introduction: their picturesque scenery and hundreds of miles of footpaths, tracks and bridleways have been attracting walkers for decades. Part of a two-volume set, this guidebook presents over 40 routes in the south and west of the National Park, with bases including Sedburgh, Malham, Grassington, Skipton, Settle and Kirkby Lonsdale. The walks cover the valleys of Wharfedale, Littondale, Malhamdale, Ribblesdale and Dentdale – each with its own distinctive landscape and character. Also included is the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a 23 mile (37km) challenge to bag three iconic summits – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

 

Mostly circular and ranging from 3.5 to 13 miles (6–21km), the routes showcase Yorkshire's diverse landscapes, beautiful views and rich heritage and celebrate the 'ups, downs and endless in-betweens' of the Dales. With the exception of the Three Peaks walk, they are designed to suit most abilities: steeper sections are rare and usually short-lived. Detailed route description and 1:50,000 OS mapping are provided for each route, along with information on nearby points of interest and facilities. In addition, an introduction presents an overview of the region's plants and wildlife, geology and history and offers an insight into iconic local industries such as farming and quarrying.

From bucolic pastureland to wild moors, the Dales have it all. Highlights include delightful riverside walking in Wharfedale, spectacular views of the distant Howgills and Lake District Fells, and the arresting limestone cliffs of Malham Cove. Charming villages and cosy pubs offer a warm welcome, but it is also possible to find tranquility and seclusion. The walks in this guide take in rolling hills, sweeping valleys and dancing streams, providing a wonderful introduction to this magnificent area.

  • Activities
    Walking
  • Seasons
    Year round walking in the Yorkshire Dales, but be properly kitted out on the tops in winter.
  • Centres
    Skipton, Settle, Grassington, Kirkby Lonsdale, Sedbergh, Dent, Grassington, Clapham, Malham
  • Difficulty
    From gentle two-mile walks to more strenuous day-long routes
  • Must See
    The individual character of each dale, wild fells, cosy villages, the traditional farming landscape, the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, Malham cove
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Contents

Contents
Introduction
Evolution of the landscape
Geological history
Human settlement
Industry and enterprise
Farming in the Dales
Plants and wildlife
The Southern and Western Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park
Practicalities
Navigation and maps
Careful planning
Clothing and footwear
Food and drink
Taking your car
Leaving your car behind
Using this guide
1 Lower Wharfedale and Barden Moor
Walk 1 Bolton Abbey
Walk 2 Barden Moor
Walk 3 Simon’s Seat
Walk 4 Burnsall and Trollers Gill
Walk 5 Grassington and Grass Wood
Walk 6 Conistone
2 Upper Wharfedale
Walk 7 Great Whernside
Walk 8 Kettlewell and Arncliffe
Walk 9 Buckden Pike
Walk 10 Old Cote Moor Top from Buckden
Walk 11 Buckden and Yockenthwaite
Walk 12 Horse Head and Langstrothdale
Walk 13 Oughtershaw Side
3 Littondale
Walk 14 Arncliffe and High Cote Moor
Walk 15 Old Cote Moor Top from Arncliffe
Walk 16 Pen-y-ghent Gill from Litton
Walk 17 Litton and the River Skirfare
4 Malhamdale
Walk 18 Airedale and Weets Top
Walk 19 Gordale, Malham Tarn and the Cove
Walk 20 Malham Cove and Pikedaw Hill
Walk 21 Mastiles Lane
Walk 22 Fountains Fell
Walk 23 Winterburn Reservoir
Walk 24 Cracoe Fell
5 Dentdale and the Western Outliers
Walk 25 Great Knoutberry Hill
Walk 26 Wold Fell
Walk 27 A Walk into Deepdale
Walk 28 Great Coum
Walk 29 Dentdale
Walk 30 Calf Top and Middleton Fell
Walk 31 Barbon Low Fell
Walk 32 Gragareth and Great Coum
6 Around Ribblesdale
Walk 33 Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave
Walk 34 Langcliffe and Catrigg Force
Walk 35 Plover Hill and Pen-y-ghent
Walk 36 Upper Ribblesdale along the Ribble Way
Walk 37 Ingleborough from Ribblehead
Walk 38 Whernside from Ribblehead
Walk 39 Gayle Moor and the Source of the Ribble
Walk 40 Clapham and the Norber Boulders
Walk 41 Ingleborough from Clapham
Walk 42 Ingleton Falls
Walk 43 Kingsdale
Walk 44 The Yorkshire Three Peaks
 
Appendix 1 Route summaries and suggestions for longer routes
Appendix 2 Where to find out more

Maps

Front Cover A feeling of remoteness in the Valley of Desolation (Walk 3) The dramatic rock wall of Malham Cove (Walk 20) Looking back past Winterburn Grange  to the tiny hamlet (Walk 23) The Ribblehead Viaduct from Ivescar (Walk 38) The River Skirfare sometimes tumbles along its bed at Litton (Walk 16) The distant Howgills beckoning from Barkin Top (Walk  30) Crossing the River Wharfe by the  Friar’s Steps (Walk 1) The Lower Barden Reservoir from the start of the walk (Walk 2)
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