Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: North and East

Howgills, Mallerstang, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Nidderdale

By Dennis Kelsall

This guidebook contains 43 circular day walks in the north and east Yorkshire Dales. It explores the dales, hills and moors between Kirkby Stephen and Pateley Bridge. Walking ranges from gentle 3 mile strolls to more strenuous day-long rambles across the Howgills, Wensleydale, Swaledale, Nidderdale, Mallerstang and Coverdale.



Year round walking in the Yorkshire Dales, but be properly kitted out on the tops in winter.


Hawes, Grassington, Sedburgh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleton, aysgarth, Reeth, Kirkby Stephen, Settle, Pateley Bridge


From gentle three-mile walks to more strenuous day-long walks and suggestions for longer routes, not technically demanding but you should be able to use a map and compass
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The Howgills, Wild Boar Fell, Cautley Crag, Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale
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  • Overview

    In this guidebook, 43 circular walks, ranging from 3-mile strolls to full-day adventures are explored in the northern and eastern Dales. Few areas in England are as appealing as the Yorkshire Dales and this volume of a two-part guide provides walkers with a comprehensive walking guide to the whole of the region.

    Each valley has a character and history of its own and this guide covers the varied fell and dale landscapes of the Howgills, Mallerstang, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Nidderdale. Spectacular waterfalls, dramatic gorges, expansive heather moors, rich woodlands and colourful flower meadows are just some of the natural delights encountered along the way, while elsewhere intriguing relics of lead mining and quarrying scatter remote valleys and lonely hilltops.

    The guidebook combines detailed route descriptions together with maps for every walk. It also includes information on points of interest along the way, as well as necessary practical information.

  • Contents

    The Dales landscape
    Evolution of the landscape
    Geological history
    Human settlement
    Industry and enterprise
    Farming in the Dales
    Plants and wildlife
    The Northern and Eastern Dales
    The Yorkshire Dales National Park
    Navigation and maps
    Careful planning
    Clothing and footwear
    Food and drink
    Taking your car
    Leaving your car behind
    Using this guide
    1 The Howgill Fells
    Walk 1 Sedbergh and the River Rawthey
    Walk 2 The Rivers Rawthey and Lune from Sedbergh
    Walk 3 Winder, Calders and the Calf
    Walk 4 Carlin Gill and Fell Head from Fairmile Gate
    Walk 5 The River Rawthey from the Cross Keys Inn
    Walk 6 Cautley Crag and the Calf
    Walk 7 Around Wandale Hill
    Walk 8 The River Rawthey’s higher reaches
    Walk 9 Grisedale
    2 Mallerstang
    Walk 10 High Seat
    Walk 11 Pendragon Castle and Little Fell
    Walk 12 Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell
    3 Swaledale and Arkengarthdale
    Walk 13 Apedale and Harkerside Moor
    Walk 14 Grinton and Maiden Castle
    Walk 15 Fremington Edge
    Walk 16 Slei Gill
    Walk 17 Whaw to Dale Head
    Walk 18 Old Gang and Surrender
    Walk 19 Beside the River Swale from Gunnerside
    Walk 20 Gunnerside Gill
    Walk 21 Ivelet Bridge from Muker
    Walk 22 Great Shunner Fell and Lovely Seat from Thwaite
    Walk 23 Muker, Thwaite and Kisdon Force from Keld
    Walk 24 Whitsundale and the head of the River Swale
    4 Wensleydale and Coverdale
    Walk 25 A walk in Coverdale
    Walk 26 West Witton and the River Ure to Redmire Force
    Walk 27 Aysgarth to West Burton
    Walk 28 Aysgarth Falls
    Walk 29 Ivy Scar from Aysgarth
    Walk 30 Whitfield Gill Force and Mill Gill Falls
    Walk 31 The Wensleydale railway and River Ure stepping-stones
    Walk 32 The Wensleydale railway and Skell Gill
    Walk 33 Bainbridge to Semer Water
    Walk 34 Aysgill Force
    Walk 35 Dodd Fell Hill and Drumaldrace
    Walk 36 Cotterdale
    Walk 37 Great Shunner Fell from Hardraw
    Walk 38 The High Way
    5 Nidderdale
    Walk 39 Brimham Rocks
    Walk 40 Ashfold Side
    Walk 41 Middlesmoor and How Stean Gorge
    Walk 42 Nidderdale
    Walk 43 Little Whernside

    Appendix A Route summaries and suggestions for longer routes
    Appendix B Where to find out more

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    June 2017

    Walk 31 - Revised route description for passing the farm before crossing the river: "Guided by a sign to Middle Borwins, swing between the abutments of a dismantled bridge and then go right across the top of a field following the waymarks through a large gate into a paddock. Reaching the lean-to at the top end, bear left into a small enclosure and go through a small gate on the left down to a line of stepping stones across the river."

    Walk 32 - Revised route description: “… eventually passing below a large house at Hill Top to reach a junction of tracks.

    Carry on straight ahead for twenty metres to a kissing gate onto the lane, where you should turn left.

    At the end by Old Cams House …”

    The paragraph beginning “Guided by a sign” should be ignored.

    Please note the route shown on the map for this walk is incorrect. The route line should continue directly from the disused railway line onto the track at SD 915 904, rather than passing through the farm at SD 914 903.

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Having followed a career in Human Resource management through industry, local government and private consultancy, Dennis Kelsall was led into outdoor writing with a Cicerone commission for a guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, an area he'd loved since childhood. Inevitably, the constraints of the day job proved too onerous and, joining the Outdoor Writers Guild (as it then was), he became established as a full-time freelance writer and photographer.

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