Written by Paul Hannon, Walks for all Ages Yorkshire Dales features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Yorkshire Dales is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
Walk 01. Sedbergh 4½ miles
Walk 02. Dentdale 5¼ miles
Walk 03. Ingleton 4½ miles
Walk 04. Clapham 4¾ miles
Walk 05. Stainforth 3½ miles
Walk 06. Settle 3¾ miles
Walk 07. Malham 4½ miles
Walk 08. Gargrave 5¼ miles
Walk 09. Upper Swaledale 3½ miles
Walk 10. Reeth 3½ miles
Walk 11. Hardraw 4½ miles
Walk 12. Bainbridge 4½ miles
Walk 13. Aysgarth Falls 3¼ miles
Walk 14. Bolton Castle 5 miles
Walk 15. Upper Wharfedale 5 miles
Walk 16. Kettlewell 4½ miles
Walk 17. Grass Wood 4¼ miles
Walk 18. Burnsall 2¾ miles
Walk 19. Bolton Abbey 4¼ miles
Walk 20. Panorama Walk 3 miles
The Yorkshire Dales is one of England’s premier destinations, the bulk of which was designated as a national park in 1954. This upland landscape is at the very heart of the mighty Pennine chain, which stretches from Hadrian’s Wall to The Peak District.
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 like 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 gems hidden in folds of the hills. There’s even an entire walk dedicated to Ingleton’s splendid collection.
The past is never far away in the Dales, and the eastern half of the region boasts several castles and abbeys, while more recent history is evident in a lead-mining industry that occupied thousands of dalesmen less than 200 years ago. Farming, as ever, plays its 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 encountered 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!
Released: June 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Paul Hannon