Bradwell’s Pocket Walking Guide to The Yorkshire Dales offers the visitor a selection of 10 walks suitable for all the family. The walks have been carefully chosen to give a broad selection of walks around the region. Each walk has a brief write-up about the local area and then a way pointed description guides you around the walk with a useful map to help you follow the route.
The Yorkshire Dales form one of England’s premier destinations. The majority of the area was designated a National Park in 1954, with this upland landscape at the very heart of the mighty Pennine chain stretching from Hadrian’s Wall in the north to the Peak District in the south.
This beautiful area consists of a string of valleys divided by high and lonely moorlands. Although there are literally scores of ‘dales in the Dales’, the principal valleys are Wensleydale, Wharfedale and Swaledale, ably supported by Nidderdale, Malhamdale, Ribblesdale and Dentdale. It is perhaps the villages that best portray the real feel of the Dales, with Burnsall, Muker, Dent and Bainbridge representing some of England’s finest. A string of such villages is ranged at regular intervals along every valley, each one different yet all looking as if they grew out of the very land. Their charm is further enhanced by their setting, as neatly packaged fields and rolling fells form 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 countless smaller gems hidden in folds of the hills. In this book there’s even an entire walk dedicated to Ingleton’s splendid collection.
The past is never far away in the Dales; the eastern half of the region boasts several castles and abbeys, while more recent history is evident in the lead-mining industry that employed thousands of dalesmen less than two hundred years ago. Naturally, farming plays a crucial role in maintaining the countryside as we always picture it, with sheep and cattle grazing among field barns, drystone walls, hay meadows and upland pasture. Most villages offer a welcoming pub or tearoom, and other attractions include visitor centres, show caves and folk museums. Additionally, all manner of local crafts can be experienced, including cheesemaking, ropemaking and brewing. When a little more bustle is required, the area is conveniently surrounded by a necklace of gateway towns of varying sizes such as Skipton, Richmond, Harrogate and Ilkley.
The call of the Dales is one that begs to be answered, and you won’t be disappointed!
List of Walks
Walk 01. Ingleton - 4½ miles
Walk 02. Settle - 3¾ miles
Walk 03. Malham - 4½ miles
Walk 04. Reeth - 3½ miles
Walk 05. Hardraw - 4½ miles
Walk 06. Aysgarth Falls - 3¼ miles
Walk 07. Bolton Castle - 5 miles
Walk 08. Burnsall - 2¾ miles
Walk 09. Bolton Abbey - 4¼ miles
Walk 10. Panorama Walk - 3 miles
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: Spring 2017
Size: 180 x 120 mm