A guidebook to 30 hand drawn family walks throughout the Yorkshire Dales. The 30 circular walks take in well-known spots such as Malham and Ingleborough. Routes take between a half to a full day. Also less-frequented, almost secret routes. Graded from easy to strenuous.



All year round.


Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Hawes, Aysgarth, Grassington, Leyburn, Pateley Bridge, Skipton, Ripon.


Mainly easy walks of half to full days. Includes high dales country such as ascending Ingleborough, which is more strenuous.
Must See

Must See

Almost too many to mention...Dent and Gawthorp, The Monk’s Road from Arncliffe, Maiden Castle, Jervaulx Abbey, Little Whernside, Ingleborough.
1 Jul 2002
13 Mar 2009
17.2 x 14.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    These 30 circular walks range from 4½ to 8½ miles, and explore the idyllic Yorkshire Dales countryside both within and beyond the National Park. They have been selected to appeal to all tastes, and vary from simple valley strolls (ideal as family half-day rambles) to strenuous fell expeditions. Each walk has its own individual character and charm, and collectively they incorporate every type of landscape to be found in the Dales.

    The book is hand-written and profusely illustrated in Jack Keighley's highly distinctive style. Each chapter contains:

    • parking information
    • meticulously detailed map
    • concise route directions
    • general description of the terrain
    • notes on features of interest.

  • Contents

    About this Book
    Walking in the Dales
    The Walks
    Road Map of the area showing the Starting Points

    The Walks
    1. The Splendours of Malham
    2. Upper Arkengarthdale
    3. Blubberhouses
    4. Drumaldrace
    5. Marble Steps Pot
    6. Azerley Park
    7. Dent and Gawthrop
    8. Swinner Gill and Kisdon
    9. The Monk’s Road
    10. Lead Mines of Nidderdale
    11. Maiden Castle
    12. Lower Bishopdale
    13. The XII Apostles
    14. Jervaulx Abbey and East Witton
    15. The Heart of Wharfedale
    16. The Ascent of Little Whernside
    17. Hell Gill
    18. Pinhaw Beacon
    19. Majestic Ingleborough
    20. A Circuit of Thruscross Reservoir
    21. Three Craven Villages
    22. Fountains Abbey and Sawley
    23. Semerwater and the Roman Road
    24. Hare Head and Bolton Priory
    25. Coverdale
    26. John O’Gaunt’s Castle
    27. Barbondale
    28. Airton and Bell Busk
    29. Redmire Force and the Templars’ Chapel
    30. Horse Head
  • Maps

    OS Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000. Sheets: 2, 19, 21, 30

    OS Explorer 1:25,000. Sheets: 26, 27

    OS Pathfinder 1:25,000. Sheets: 630

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  • Reviews
    'Walks in Dales Country which details 30 walks, ranging in length from four miles to eight, covers some of the country’s most scenic areas and a range of attractions from fells, caves, limestone scars, river gorges, waterfalls, picturesque villages and ancient churches, castles and abbeys. Easy to read, the book, which is produced in larger format than his previous walking guides, is packed full of excellent maps and line drawings plus intriguing extra touches for which Mr Keighley has become renowned by his followers.
        His sense of humour results in extra advice not usually to be found in other guides covering the area – the route around Blubberhouses suggests: ‘The walks calls for two perilous crossings of the A59 racetrack. An ability to sprint to Olympic standard would be advantageous.’ Pinhaw Beacon –‘a fence-style and wall-stile await you with evil intent. The former has coat-ripping spikes of barbed wire. The latter is an awkward little b*! where your beloved author once nearly broke his neck.’
        The hand-printed pages offer easy to follow route instructions, parking advice, excellent directions, map references and additional points of interest in an almost “I Spy” classic style. Keld, Barbon, Burtersett, Jervaulx and Fountains Abbeys, Pateley Bridge, Grassington, Malham, Rylstone, Ilkley and Thornton in Craven are among the areas covered.'

    (Lancashire Life 2002)

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Jack Keighley

Jack Keighley has developed a unique style of guidebooks based on his own research and artistic skills. Born in Rimington, he taught at Park Secondary School, Colne, in 1959/60 before becoming a headmaster in Yorkshire. He now lives in Skipton and is accompanied on his walks by his faithful Border terrier, Brandy.

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