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Best trails in Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire? AllTrails has 150 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 104 moderate trails in Yorkshire Dales National Park ranging from 1.8 to 115.4 miles and from 232 to 2,450 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of the Pennines in the historic county of Yorkshire, England and encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages. The southeastern park of the park, on the River Wharfe, the Bolton Abbey Estate includes the ruins of a 12th-century monastery. Malham Village features a towering cliff, and a footpath leading to Gordale Scar, a limestone ravine with multiple waterfalls. The Dales comprise river valleys and the hills rising from the Vale of York westwards to the hilltops of the Pennine watershed. In Ribblesdale, Dentdale and Garsdale, the area extends westwards across the watershed, but most of the valleys drain eastwards to the Vale of York, into the Ouse and the Humber. The extensive limestone cave systems are a major area for caving in the UK and numerous walking trails run through the hills and dales. There is also the 73 mile-long Settle–Carlisle line railway, operated by Network Rail, runs through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including Ribblehead.

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Map of trails in Yorkshire Dales National Park
Park information
Acreage:
538,240 acres
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Top trails (150)
#1 - Ingleton Waterfalls
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
The circular route is one of the most popular walks in the Dales. Once you leave the carpark, the walk takes you through beautiful woodland before climbing through the collection of waterfalls. There is a well defined footpath which runs close to the edge of the two rivers and steps to climb. Dogs must be kept on a lead in certain areas, especially when crossing farmland. This walk features beautiful nature and geological features, such as Thornton Force. This area has been designed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Entrance Fee: £7 - Adults £3 - Under 16Show more
#2 - Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
A circular and very challenging walk, passing through some wonderful limestone scenery as it visits the iconic Yorkshire Dales sites of Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove. With beautiful waterfalls, a lake, a limestone pavement and an impressive natural cove you will be spoiled with natural delights along the way. The walk follows a mixture of roads and dale footpaths. There are several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate flights of steps, kissing gates, gates and a few stiles (of various designs, including stone wall stiles and ladder stiles). The challenging part of the walk is a scramble up Gordale Scar - a rocky climb which is suitable only for experienced walkers and should NOT be attempted after periods of heavy rain (when the waterfall can be flowing strongly) or in icy conditions. You will be sharing much of the open moorland with free roaming sheep. Allow 4 hours.Show more
#3 - Yorkshire Three Peaks
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 24.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail covers the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough which form part of the Pennine Range. The Three Peaks challenge is the most iconic walk in the Yorkshire Dales taking in the three highest mountains in the area. Be prepared for the hike to take 14 hours due to steep climbs and the long distances between the peaks.Show more
#4 - Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
A circular walk from the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. The route takes you through classic limestone scenery and visits three iconic sites - the waterfall of Janet's Foss, the steep gorge of Gordale Scar and the beautiful limestone pavement and impressive natural cove of Malham Cove. The limestone pavement has been made famous on the large screen, most famously featuring in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The walk follows a mixture of footpaths and tracks alongside rivers and through grass pastures. There are several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate steps, kissing gates, gates and stiles. You will be sharing some of the paths with sheep. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#5 - Pen-y-Ghent
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
#6 - Whernside Loop Trail
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
A fairly steep walk up the first of the Yorkshire Peaks, with views of the surrounding areas and Ribblehead viaducts.Show more
#7 - Feizor, Stainforth Force, and Giggleswick Scar
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#8 - Ingleborough from Clapham
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
This route goes clockwise, up Clapham car park then left of St James Church and up toward Ingleborough Caves, then left and straight gentle up, then steady up stairs and slabs to Little Ingleborough. Continue across via top ridge to Ingleborough and left to summit. Views are as described - much worth it. Path down to Simon Fell provides great views too. However, unless continuing to B64179 or Horton-In-RIbbledale, the extra 4 1/2 miles from Simon Fell down to trail head did not feel time well spent Suggestion: After Simon Fell, cut back to below lower Ingleborough and return to trail head.Show more
#9 - Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
A walk around Malham taking in Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.Show more
#10 - Grassington Circular
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
A beautiful river walk at the beginning and a picturesque gorge at the half way point, before a stroll back through the fields and woods.Show more
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