Scenic Hiking Trails in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Try Yorkshire News

Looking towards Gordale Scar. Image: Bruce Rollinson

There are short hikes for beginners and young families that require smooth cart paths, hikes that provide ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the sublime beauty of the valleys, and more complex routes for experienced hikers.

We have compiled a list of some of our favorite routes, whether you want to walk a mile or 100.

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All short in duration and relatively accessible, these walks are best suited for beginners who want to experience the Yorkshire Dales without worrying about long and complicated routes and without getting tired.

The route begins in the Center of the National Park and goes through the village to a charming wooded path that takes walkers along a small stream. Then it heads towards the path that leads to the cove.

Malham Cove is an impressive curving limestone formation that was formed in the last Ice Age more than 12,000 years ago by a waterfall that carried water from glaciers.

A 750 m route that takes walkers to the remains of a foundry mill, an important historical landmark.

The Yorkshire Dales has 87 known lead smelting mill sites, this route leads to a lead mining site on Cogden Moor, near Grinton, North Yorkshire.

The roads are mostly barren and grassy and accessible to most people.

Hikers can take a 1.5-mile trail through Freeholders’ Wood to see the stunning views of Middle Falls.

Aysgarth Falls comprises a triple stretch of spectacular waterfalls and is a popular spot for walkers due to the relatively easy access and picturesque setting of the surrounding forests.

The route also gives you the option of climbing 70 steps to see the lower falls.

The best walks for young families

All of these routes are less than two miles long and are suitable for most families. All are accessible and walkable with strollers and young children.

The walk starts in Burnsall, North Yorkshire and follows the River Wharfe for 700m, through a picturesque part of the Dales Way.

People who take this route can enjoy observing the many species of birds that populate the river, including the gray and gray wagtail, ladle, common wagtail, and oystercatcher.

The route is well paved and level, allowing families with young children to enjoy panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales.

An impressive route that allows families to explore the cliffs of Gordale Scar, located near Malham.

Following a 600m footpath from the Gordale Bridge to Gordale Scar, the route is also a perfect place for keen photographers to capture the cliffs.

The route is flat and well paved, the path is one meter wide, which allows enough space for most strollers.

Families can enjoy the 575m trail alongside the River Lune and the local Killington New Bridge Nature Reserve.

The Lune River is stocked with salmon and trout, and walkers can see otters and badgers in the nearby forest.

Constructed of compacted aggregate, the route is accessible to most and is 1.2 meters wide.

These hikes cater for a variety of abilities and offer stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales and some impressive landmarks along the way.

Ilkley Moor and ‘The 12 Apostles’

Just under a mile, walking from West View Park, Ilkley, to White Wells and onto Ilkley Crag, the scenic drive with views of the moors will take you to The 12 Apostles.

The 12 stone circle dating back to the Bronze Age is a must see for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Dales. The stones are surrounded by beautiful heather that bloom in late summer and early fall.

An accessible route that allows walkers to see the natural beauty that surrounds Bolton Abbey and take a stroll along the River Wharfe.

At the heart of Bolton Abbey Estate is the Priory Church and the ruins of an Augustinian Priory, a beautiful area for walkers to enjoy and appreciate the River Wharfe that runs alongside the estate.

Most of the route is flat and easily accessible, however some of it is unpaved, which is something to consider if taking wheelchairs or strollers.

The Ingleton Falls are a series of spectacular waterfalls within the ancient forests of the Yorkshire Dales – the walk begins and ends in the village of Ingleton, North Yorkshire.

The 4.5 mile route is best taken with walking boots and is not wheelchair and stroller accessible due to the many steps involved in the walk.

The best walks for experienced hikers.

These routes are best approached with hiking boots and are recommended for more experienced hikers.

The route takes walkers through the ruins of Lady Anne’s castles and is inspired by her tendency to travel between her various castles and estates in the 17th century.

The hike is usually completed in six or nine days, depending on the exact route, or walkers may choose to take only parts of the route.

A 90-mile high-level route through the Yorkshire Dales, Dales High Way begins at Victoria Square, Saltaire.

The walk includes the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside, Howgills, Ilkley …

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