The Dales are renowned as an area which is best explored on foot. 'Like so
much of nature the air in high places is an inexhaustible source of beauty' said
John Hillaby, and Priestley before him - 'You caught the fever when you were quite
young, and it never left you. However small and dark your office or warehouse
was, somewhere inside your head the high moors were glowing, the curlews were
crying, and there blew a wind as soft as if it came straight from the middle of
the Atlantic.' Because the Dales have been a classic walking area for decades,
there are many guides to suggest routes.
Back in 2005 we celebrated our
60th anniversary and one of the things we did to mark the occasion was to publish
'Wild Wharfedale', a booklet containing a selection of places where we know you
can see the best of Wharfedale - its bones and its life blood. The sites were
chosen to illustrate how the Dale was formed and the variety of species which
which we share it. They are readily accessible, by road and public footpath, and
many can be seen without great exertion. The booklet is no longer available, but
here you can still enjoy the best of Wharfedale
as we do. Just choose the part of Wharfedale, Littondale or the river Washburn
you'd like to visit, click on a walk marker and note the number, then click on
the walk marker on the left. You can zoom in and out and click on the Road and
Satellite views as well.
First an introductory walk, one of a number
in Wharfedale Nats Amanda and Brin Best's book Wild flower walks of the Yorkshire
Dales (Southern Region). It is a gentle introduction to the middle dale.
Defra lists countryside
walks in areas managed under environmental schemes providing public access, such
as countryside stewardship schemes.
Englishman includes many walks in our area, some of them demanding treks
off the paths. The illustrated web site is an excellent introduction to off-road
Wharfedale. They include:
Walks takes you to the Search page where you can check for walks in regions
or counties. These are the walks in our area:
Britain has over 3000 pages of information on walks throughout Britain.
There are a number of walks in the Wharfedale area:
has over 1700 routes, of which 14 fall within our area:
is a Yorkshire Tourist Board site with walks all over the county, of which only
one is in our area:
Gate and The Dales Way
Dales National Park Virtual Visitor Centre has some suggested walks:
Way to the Yorkshire Dales is a 76 mile (122km) circular tour of some
of the most beautiful corners of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including
26 local hostelries.The
Walks & Trails page of the Ilkley.org site has a list of walks around
the town, on the Moor, and as far as Beamsley.
in Yorkshire has two walks in our area:
Wood, Gaistrill's Strid and the River Wharfe
Abbey along the River Wharfe and the Strid
walks is a site with walks where you can leave your car at home:
Walking and Camping Index has links to numerous web sites with further
information on our area among many others.
is a long-distance route, from Ilkley to Lake Wndermere, of which the first half
takes you the length of Wharfedale.
will take care of your baggage for you: