Walks in the lesser known Yorkshire Dales

The view of Dentdale from the path leading to Whernside

There are many interesting lesser known areas of the Yorkshire Dales which deserve exploration. Probably the best known of these smaller dales is Dentdale as the Dales Way footpath passes through the valley and Dent village is a delight on its own but others are certainly more obscure. How many do you know and have you visited in the following list: Arkengarthdale, Barbondale, Birkdale, Bishopdale, Crummackdale, Coverdale, Garsdale, Langstrothdale, Leck Dale, Littondale, Kingsdale, Nidderdale, Rawtheydale, Raydale, Sleddale and Widdale? The walks on this page visit some of the lesser known dales.

Interactive map of Yorkshire Dales walks

Walk Miles Description
Skipton Castle Woods 2.0 A short walk in the prettiest of woodlands which is inspiring all year round and simply stunning in springtime.
Dentdale and Hacker Gill 4.5 A short walk with an exciting clamber down the beck of Hacker Gill in resplendent Dentdale.
West Burton and Aysgarth Falls 5.0 A perfect family walk. Pity when we did it we walked in the worse weather of the year!
Great Dummacks, Calders, Bram Rigg Top and the Calf 5.7 A great walk in the Howgill Fells to four of the five Yorkshire 2,000's in the range.
Middleham, Low Moor, Tupgill Park, Coverham and Coverdale 5.8 Walk in history exploring the childhood places of Richard III and then find a forbidden corner near Coverdale.
Low Haygarth, Cautley Spout and the Calf 5.9 The most popular and most interesting walk in the Howgill Fells. Deservedly so.
Outhgill, High Seat, Gregory Chapel and Hugh Seat 6.0 A ridge walk is achieved by a steep ascent that requires careful navigation.
Kettlewell, Old Cote Moor, Arncliffe, Littondale and Hawkswick 6.6 Normally a moderate walk but it was hard on this occasion due to walking in deep snow!
Austwick, Norber Erratics, Moughton Scar and Wharfe 8.2 The ultimate for those who enjoy natural Dales scenery. The walk is a geology lesson.
Bainbridge, Raydale and Semer Water 8.3 Begin by walking back in time over 2,000 years with the romans before visiting Raydale and Semer Water.
Reeth, Fremington Edge, Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale, Calver Hill and River Swale 9.3 A fascinating walk in one of the most beautiful but lesser known Yorkshire Dales.
Mallerstang, Hell Gill, Old Road, Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell 10.0 Celebrate isolated and much underrated Mallerstang. This walk includes lovely valley views and spectacular upland paths.
Gayle, Dodd Fell Hill, Drumaldrace and Wether Fell 10.3 A fantastic high level horseshoe walk from the poplular town of Hawes in Wensleydale.
Garsdale, Rawtheydale, Cautley, Low Haygarth and West Baugh Fell 10.6 Do you want adventure in your walks? Then this mix of paths, tracks and off routes is just the ticket.
Barbon, Castle Knott, Calf Top and Middleton Fell 12.5 A quiet Cumbrian moorland walk in the remote south-west of the Yorkshire Dales.
Leck, Ease Gill, Crag Hill, Great Coum and Gragareth 12.9 A walk which offers the walker awesome views of Lancashire, Yorkshire's Three Peaks and Lakeland too.
Litton, Halton Gill, Cosh Beck, Plover Hill and Pen-y-ghent 13.0 An alternative approach to fabulous Pen-y-ghent, one of the Yorkshire Dales finest hills.
Wild Boar Fell and Uldale 13.1 A challenging fell walk to Wild Boar Fell followed by a scramblers adventure to secluded waterfalls.
The Howgill Fells Circuit 18.1 A Howgill Fells epic including visits to Winder, Arant Haw, Calders, Bram Rigg Top, The Calf, Hazelgill Knott, West Fell, Bowderdale, Randygill Top, Kensgriff and Yarlside.
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