Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: July 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Paul Hannon
Written by Paul Hannon, Bradwell’s Longer Walks in the Yorkshire Dales features 20 circular walks from 6-12 miles that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the region.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Hannon then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at £7.99, Bradwell’s Longer Walks in the Yorkshire Dales is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the region.
Walk 01 Lofthouse Walk – Upper Nidderdale - 9 miles / 14.5km
Walk 02 Bolton Abbey Walk – Strid Wood - 9½ miles / 14.5km
Walk 03 Burnsall Walk – Linton Falls - 7 miles / 11.3km
Walk 04 Grassington Walk – Conistone Dib - 7½ miles / 12km
Walk 05 Buckden Walk – Langstrothdale - 9½ miles / 15.3km
Walk 06 Litton Walk – Upper Littondale - 7½ miles / 12km
Walk 07 Malham Walk – Malham Cove and Tarn - 9 miles / 14.5km
Walk 08 Settle Walk – Stainforth Force - 6¾ miles / 10.75km
Walk 09 Horton Walk – Upper Ribblesdale - 11 miles / 17.5km
Walk 10 Clapham Walk – Norber Boulders - 9½ miles / 15.25km
Walk 11 Dent Walk – Dentdale - 8½ miles / 13.5km
Walk 12 Sedbergh Walk – Winder and The Rawthey - 8 miles / 12.75km
Walk 13 Howgill Walk – Howgill Fells - 7½ miles / 12km
Walk 14 Hawes Walk – Hardraw Force - 7 miles / 11.25km
Walk 15 Bainbridge Walk – Semerwater - 9½ miles / 15.25km
Walk 16 Askrigg Walk – Whitfield Gill - 8 miles / 12.75km
Walk 17 Aysgarth Walk – Castle Bolton - 7¼ miles / 11.5km
Walk 18 Reeth Walk – Arkengarthdale - 9¾ miles / 15.5km
Walk 19 Gunnerside Walk – Gunnerside Gill - 8 miles / 12.75km
Walk 20 Muker Walk – Swale Gorge - 7½ miles / 12km
The Yorkshire Dales sits at the very heart of northern England, halfway along the mighty Pennine Chain which stretches from the Derbyshire Peak District to Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. This is with out doubt one of England’s premier destinations for walkers, for it embraces almost every kind of landscape, from lush riverbank to rolling moorland.
This richly varied collection of walks will help you discover airy hilltops, heather moors, gleaming limestone crags and pavements, wooded riverbanks and flower-bedecked meadows.
This beautiful area consists of a network of valleys all divided by high and lonely moors, and each with its own individual ‘feel’. There are literally scores of dales in the Dales, with the principal valleys of Wensleydale, Wharfedale and Swaledale ably supported by Nidderdale, Malhamdale, Ribblesdale and Dentdale. Most of the rivers flow eastwards to ultimately swell the mighty Ouse that flows into the Humber Estuary. The latter two, however, flow west to enter the Irish Sea by way of Lancashire. It is perhaps the villages that best capture the real Dales atmosphere, with Burnsall, Muker, Clapham and Bainbridge unquestionably some of England’s finest. A string of such villages is ranged at regular intervals along each of the valleys, all looking like they grew out of the very land. Their charm is further enhanced by their setting among neatly packaged fields and lonely fells – a perfect backdrop. Second only to the villages are the waterfalls: every dale has some, from the lofty plunge of Hardraw Force and the celebrated trio at Aysgarth to other gems at Stainforth and Keld.
The past is never far away in the Dales, and the eastern half of the region boasts the coincidentally named Bolton Castle and Bolton Priory, while more recent history is evident in a lead-mining past that occupied thousands of dalesmen until less than 200 years ago.
Farming of course plays its crucial role in maintaining the countryside as we fondly picture it, with sheep and cattle grazing among field barns, drystone walls, hay meadows and upland pasture. Most villages feature a welcoming pub or tearoom, while all manner of local crafts can be experienced including cheesemaking and brewing. When a little more bustle is required, the area is conveniently surrounded by a necklace of gateway towns such as Skipton, Richmond, Harrogate and Ilkley.
The Yorkshire Dales truly has something for everyone!