25 October 2023

The Best Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

Etched with footpaths which stretch for mile after mile, the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales are home to some of Britain’s most popular and beloved walks thanks to the spectacular scenery and natural features that make up this part of the world. The ancient dry-stone walls and field barns offer some of the most distinctive agricultural landscapes in not just England, but in all of Western Europe, whilst Yorkshire’s Three Peaks attract walkers from around the world who are looking for an inspiring challenge. And let’s not forget the waterfalls, of which there are many! There’s Ingleton Falls, Janet’s Foss, Hardraw Force and Aysgarth Falls, with the latter two making appearances in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But with so many routes to choose from, let’s take a look at some of the best walking routes to guide you through the stunning scenery that this spectacular part of the world has to offer.



A Yorkshire classic. Pen-y-ghent is one of Yorkshire’s three peaks beginning in Horton in Ribblesdale. The route then gently climbs up Brackenbottom Scar then follows the Pennine Way where the summit awaits at 694m. This 6 mile circular route offers breathtaking views of the scenery, and is certainly one to add to your list of top walks in the Yorkshire Dales.


The Three Peaks

Pen-y-ghent leads us nicely onto Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. Along with Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough at 723 metres and Whernside at 736 metres, complete the set. Taking on all three together totals a 24.5 mile walk, and whether you start from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead or Capel le Dale, all are circular routes with spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. It would be impossible to talk about Yorkshire’s Three Peaks without mentioning the Three Peaks challenge, which attracts walkers from around the world who are looking to take on this classic and famous challenge. The aim is to finish walking all three in any time under 12 hours. But it’s also worth noting that whilst we’ve singled out Pen-y-ghent as one of our favourite routes, you can walk any one of the Three Peaks on their own. All are fantastic walking routes in their own right!


Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove

This circular walk from the village of Malham will guide you through the beautiful scenery and natural wonders of the area. The route will take you through woodland to Janet’s Foss, a picturesque pool and waterfall. The walk then continues onto Gordale Scar, a limestone ravine and one of the jewels in the national park’s crown. Eventually the route arrives at the iconic limestone pavement above Malham Cove (another of the Dale’s locations to have appeared in a film, but this time Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) . Here, walkers can admire the view of the village, before heading back down into Malham itself.


Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls is a triple flight of waterfalls surrounded by woodland and farmland. And what’s great about this location is there’s a few different walks to choose from. Ranging from ½ mile to 2.7 and even 6 miles, they all have one thing in common: impressive views of the spectacular falls. A 1 mile walk with views of the lower and middle falls through Freeholders’ Woods is the route to choose if you’re looking for a walk that’s suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs (with the exception of the route’s final loop). And for those looking for a slightly longer walk, there’s a 2.7 mile route which will take you past the middle and lower falls, before heading out into the countryside and eventually circling back to the falls. Those looking to take on a longer distance can also opt to complete a 6 mile circular route which will take you past the upper, middle and lower falls and all the way to Bolton Castle. So whether it’s a long walk, short walk or something in the middle that you’re after, the falls are the perfect location.


Ribblehead Viaduct

If you’re looking for a walk in a truly picturesque spot, then look no further than the circular route which will guide you past this hugely impressive Grade II listed structure. A popular route, the walk will take you past two of the three peaks - Ingleborough and Whernside - and through scenic farmland before leading you right underneath the viaduct itself.

Whether you’re headed to God’s own county for a gentle stroll or to undertake a more challenging hike, it’s no surprise that millions of visitors flock to this stunning part of the world year on year. But what can be better than visiting the stunning scenery on offer? Well, how about being able to call this beautiful part of the world home, and having the picturesque surroundings right on your doorstep. And if you were to buy a new home at either one of our new developments, a home in this sought after location could be a reality. Ellerwood is our collection of 2 - 5 bedroom homes in Skipton (also known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales), whilst Castle Locke is our collection of 2 - 4 bedroom homes in Knaresborough. So why not book a viewing, and find your new home in Yorkshire today? You can book a viewing to visit Ellerwood here, and Castle Locke here.