3 Amazing Walks Around The Yorkshire Dales
Now winter seems firmly behind us, it seems a perfect time to put on the hiking boots and remember what we love about Yorkshire. And on our doorstep is the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Here are three of our favourite walks, starting from an easy gentle stroll, through a moderate day walk, to a good challenge. There should be something for everyone to get to know this wonderful corner of Yorkshire better.
Reeth Low Common Walk
The Reeth Low Common Walk is a gentle short walk of two and a half miles, which will take you a good hour. Long enough to blow the cobwebs away, but not enough to leave you exhausted. It starts in the village of Reeth which is where two of the National Parks finest dales meet: Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. As such, you get treated to some wonderful landscape views on this circular walk, as you take in the bottom of the valley and the fell-side field areas – where you may spot some spring lambs contained by the traditional dry-stone walls we know and love.
Malham Tarn Upland Farm Walk
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, but still achievable comfortably within a day, then the Malham Tarn Upland Farm Walk is a National Trust waymarked walk that covers around 4.5 miles, and will take you around 3 hours of walking time. Starting in the Malham Tarn car park, this walk promises wonderful views and even a chance to spy some of the Yorkshire Dales’ bird life, such as the great crested grebe, or even a hen harrier, from the bird hide en route. Malham Tarn itself is the main focus of the walk, but the walk is worth it for the beautiful upland pasture you get to explore.
The Herriot Way
More of a challenge, and one for the true fell-walkers among you, is the Herriot Way based on the infamous author’s own route. Whilst the complete trail is 52 miles, which will typically take 4-5 days to complete, you can break this down and choose to do a smaller sections if you wish. Being a popular long-distance walk, the circular route is well-served with a ‘sherpa’ service, who can lug your kit from A to B if you require. As for the countryside you will be enjoying, this walk takes in every aspect that the Dales have to offer. You’ll pass through Swaledale and Wensleydale where you can relax by the Aysgarth Falls, as well as Grinton, Keld, Askrigg, Hawes, Hardraw Force and Bolton Castle. Then there are the miles and miles of dale land and indescribable beauty.
Whether you’re simply heading out for an afternoon stroll, or looking for a walking challenge, then the Yorkshire Dales has something for everyone. We are a spoilt country to call this National Park our own. So put on the boots, pack up the bag, snaffle a pork pie for energy, and get walking.