Walks in the Wensleydale area of the Yorkshire Dales

Classic walks in the Wensleydale area of the Yorkshire Dales can be found on this page. All content is free to download including map, GPS route and statistics

The River Ure near Redmire Force
The River Ure near Redmire Force

Wensleydale is the valley of the River Ure on the east side of the Pennines in North Yorkshire, England. It is one of the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales with the principle towns being Hawes and Leyburn. It is one of only a few valleys in the Dales not currently named after its principal river, but the older name of Yoredale can still be seen on some maps and Wensleydale is centre of the Yoredale Series of geological strata. The valley is famous for its cheese which is made in Hawes. For walkers Wensleydale offers tremendous variety as the walks on this page demonstrate. From easy rambles on the river like a short circuit of Aysgarth Falls to high ground walks such as Penhill and Great Shunner Fell there are walks for all.

Interactive map of Yorkshire Dales walks

Walk Miles Description
Aysgarth Falls 2.2 One of the Yorkshire Dales premier family walks to the most breathtaking series of waterfalls.
Keld & the River Swale Waterfalls 2.5 This walk centered on Keld in Upper Swaledale is a delight for waterfall lovers. There are four to see.
Richmond, Hudswell Woods and River Swale 3.0 A delightful short walk from the centre of Richmond to woodland, open countryside and riverside.
Mill Gill Force from Askrigg 3.1 A real little gem of a walk to some fantastic waterfalls. A splendid walk for a Sunday Morning.
Reeth, Grinton and Low Fremington 3.7 A family orientated short walk from Reeth with sublime views of beautiful mid Swaledale to enjoy.
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!
Leyburn Shawl, Tullis Cote and Wensley Park 5.4 A walk centered on Leyburn and which explores the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside west of the town.
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.
Outhgill, High Seat, Gregory Chapel and Hugh Seat 6.0 A ridge walk is achieved by a steep ascent that requires careful navigation.
Reeth, Grinton Bridge, Marrick Priory, Marrick and Fremington Edge 6.6 A Swaledale walk from Reeth which follows the valley to Marrick Priory before returning by upland and moor.
Reeth, River Swale, Maiden Castle, High Harker Hill and Grinton Lodge 7.2 A Swaledale walk of riverside and moor with a visit to two iron age hill forts.
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.
East Witton, Ellingstring, Jervaulx Abbey and Cover Bridge 9.1 An invigorating Wensleydale walk with Jervaulx Abbey and the River Ure being particularly pleasing.
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.
Gunnerside Gill & Swinner Gill 9.4 Up Gunnerside Gill, across moor and down Swinner Gill, make for a fantastic round trip.
West Witton, Penhill, Templar's Chapel & Redmire Force 10.2 Lower Wensleydale is the setting for this varied day of delights which begins in West Witton.
Gayle, Dodd Fell Hill, Drumaldrace and Wether Fell 10.3 A fantastic high level horseshoe walk from the poplular town of Hawes in Wensleydale.
Gunnerside, Old Gang Mills, Surrender Bridge and Swaledale 10.9 A walk of contrasts, first exploring lead mining heritage and then across flower meadows to a riverside walk.
Thornton Rust, Addleborough, Askrigg, Mill Gill and Ellerkin Scar 12.6 A very interesting walk in Wensleydale to a hill with history, a super waterfall and to a limestone scar.
Wild Boar Fell and Uldale 13.1 A challenging fell walk to Wild Boar Fell followed by a scramblers adventure to secluded waterfalls.
Great Shunner Fell, Buttertubs and Lovely Seat 13.9 A remote and airy walk from Sedbusk via Hardraw to Great Shunner Fell, Buttertubs and Lovely Seat.
Dent to Hawes (Linear) 14.4 A lovely walk which follows parts of the Dales Way and Pennine Way. (From my Dales Celebration Way)
Hardraw Force, Great Shunner Fell and River Swale (Linear) 20.7 From Hawes to Hardraw Force and over Great Shunner Fell into Swaledale. (From my Dales Celebration Way)
Richmond to Reeth (Linear) 10.1 Follow my walk on stage five of my Coast to Coast walk in 1994.
Reeth to Keld (Linear) 11.7 Follow my walk on stage six of my Coast to Coast walk in 1994.
Keld to Grinton Lodge (Linear) 12.2 Follow my walk on stage seven of my Coast to Coast walk in 1999.
Grinton Lodge to Catterick Bridge (Linear) 14.0 Follow my walk on stage eight of my Coast to Coast walk in 1999.
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