Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: North and East
Howgills, Mallerstang, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Nidderdale
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.
SeasonsYear round walking in the Yorkshire Dales, but be properly kitted out on the tops in winter.
CentresHawes, Grassington, Sedburgh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleton, aysgarth, Reeth, Kirkby Stephen, Settle, Pateley Bridge
DifficultyFrom 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
Must SeeThe Howgills, Wild Boar Fell, Cautley Crag, Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale
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.
The Dales landscape
Evolution of the landscape
Industry and enterprise
Farming in the Dales
Plants and wildlife
The Northern and Eastern Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park
Navigation and maps
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
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
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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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.View Articles and Books by Dennis Kelsall