Our Guided Walks

We run an extensive programme of guided walks throughout the year. There are walks for all interests and abilities, whether you want to learn about our historic environment, flora and fauna, or just take a gentle stroll.

Hawes Rural Heritage

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3NT United Kingdom + Google Map
Hay meadows near the upland village of Hawes
Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under
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Cost of parking in Hawes National Park Car Park included in cost

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Join us for this 5.5 mile (8.8km) walk in Herriot country, through fields and along old bridleways with stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales. We will look for evidence of old industries and traditional rural activities as we walk, including local hamlets, villages, barns and lime kilns.

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route includes steps, stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients.

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips. Packed lunch required.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

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Malham Landscape Trail

August 21 @ 11:15 am - 3:15 pm
Malham National Park Centre, Malham North Yorkshire BD23 4DA United Kingdom + Google Map
Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under
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Cost of parking in Malham National Park Car Park included

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Join us for this classic walk that takes in the main features of Malham’s spectacular limestone scenery, visiting enchanting woodland, Janet’s Foss, the majestic gorge of Gordale Scar, an Iron Age village, and the world famous Malham Cove.

A level 3 YDNPA walk on good paths with one section over rocks near Janet’s Foss. There is one short climb, step stiles and steps down the side of Malham Cove. 

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch and drink

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

 

 

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Bat Walk – Aysgarth Falls

August 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TH United Kingdom
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Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under
Other info (e.g additional charge for parking)
Cost of parking in Aysgarth Falls National Park car park included

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Love bats? Come on a short walk looking for bats around Aysgarth Falls and Freeholders Wood with Tony from our wildlife team. We will walk down to the river and through the woods to discover where our bats like to fly and to learn more about these wonderful animals.

Please bring a torch as we will be walking on uneven ground in the dark, and be prepared to stand around outside. This event will be cancelled in the event of wet weather and high winds.

A level 1 YDNPA walk. The route is barrier free, but will include walking in the dark, children must be well supervised.

Dogs on leads allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, book through Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

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Hawes Town Trail

August 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3NT United Kingdom + Google Map
Hawes Town
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Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this short 2.5 mile (3.5km) guided walk and explore the history of Hawes and the village of Gayle. Walking through this lovely market town, discover the origins of Wensleydale cheese, see where the railway once went and follow a section of the Pennine Way.

A level 1 YDNPA guided walk. The route takes in some steps, stiles and slight gradients. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy shoes with good grips.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome).

This is a free walk (donations welcome) however we do still require you to book as there is limited places.

Places are limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre

 

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The Magic of Threshfield Quarry

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Entrance to Threshfield Quarry complex on Skirethorns Lane BD23 5PH, Skirethorns Lane,
Threshfield, North Yorkshire BD23 5PH
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Threshfield Quarry
Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under

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Join us on this 3.7 mile (6km) guided walk to see the impact of the recent work  by conservationists and historians to regenerate this previous industrial site on a massive scale . With new access routes and opportunities for wildlife, this site demonstrates what can be achieved after the quarrymen have left.

A level 3 YDNPA walk with some steep gradients, stiles and very uneven loose stone surfaces.

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy shoes with a good grip.

Dogs not allowed.

Bring a packed lunch.

Places limited, booking advisable from Grassington National Park Centre.

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Falls, Freeholders and Flagstones

September 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TH United Kingdom
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Aysgarth Falls
Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under
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Cost of parking in Aysgarth Falls National Park Car Park included

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Walk starts from Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre near Leyburn DL8 3TH

An easy 5 mile (8.0km) walk with some gradients, stiles and uneven ground around the fascinating landscape of Carperby parish.

Join our experienced Dales volunteers to find out more about the fascinating history of Carperby. A village where residents still have traditional rights over coppiced timber and the layout has been little changed over the centuries the history of this small area is full of interest; and the views are stunning too!

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route includes steps, stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed.  (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

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Old Gang Mines

September 3 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Surrender Bridge, United Kingdom + Google Map
Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under
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An easy 3½ miles (5.6 km) stroll around the fascinating remains of the lead mining industry of Swaledale with our expert guides visiting two smelt mills and associated buildings, flues, levels, adits and tips along a gravel track.

A level 2 YDNPA walk, this walk is accessible for all terrain mobility scooters it is on a good track with a slight gradient.

Dogs allowed on short (2m) fixed leads.

Places are limited, Booking advisable from Reeth National Park Centre, Hudson House

Walk starts from Surrender Bridge Grid ref: SD989998  (Leave Reeth on the B6270 westwards. On leaving Healaugh take the right turn to Kearton & Surrender Bridge. Park on roadside at T junction)

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Barbon to Casterton Round

September 8 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Barbon Village Hall, New Road
Barbon, Carnforth, LA6 2LL
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Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under
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Normal parking charges apply

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Walk starts from Barbon Village Hall, LA6 2LL

Join us on this pleasant low-level 8 mile (12.9km) walk taking in fields and quiet country lanes in the valley of the River Lune, with lovely views across to the hills.

There are several points of interest, including the Bronte sisters’ connection to Casterton and various country houses – Barbon Manor, Casterton Hall and Whelprigg, and the Roman road from Ribchester to Carlisle and the dismantled railway, both of which ran along the valley. You may wish to end your walk with a visit to Barbon Church, which is believed to date back to the 12th century, or at the Barbon Inn, a 17th century coaching house!

A level 4 YDNPA walk; the route includes steps, stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients across open countryside. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips. Walking boots recommended.

Don’t forget your packed lunch!

Dogs not allowed. (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

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Lead Mining on Grassington Moor

September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Yarnbury, Moor Lane
Grassington, North Yorkshire BD23 5EQ
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Price - Adult
£5
Price - Child
Free for age 18 and under

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Join us on this 4 mile (6.4km) guided walk and discover why this corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park became a place of heavy industry. We will visit the well preserved remains of shafts, adits, ore dressing, peat cutting, reprocessing and much more; and the views over Grassington are stunning.

A level 2 YDNPA walk; the first part of this route is barrier free and accessible to wheelchairs, please see website for details. The site is exposed please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs allowed on short (2m) fixed leads.

Places limited; booking advisable from Grassington National Park Centre

 

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Hawes Town Trail

September 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3NT United Kingdom + Google Map
Hawes Town
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Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this short 2.5 mile (3.5km) guided walk and explore the history of Hawes and the village of Gayle. Walking through this lovely market town, discover the origins of Wensleydale cheese, see where the railway once went and follow a section of the Pennine Way.

A level 1 YDNPA guided walk. The route takes in some steps, stiles and slight gradients. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy shoes with good grips.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome).

This is a free walk (donations welcome) however we do still require you to book as there is limited places.

Places are limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre

 

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Stonebeck Cheese Open Farm Weekend

September 14 @ 11:00 am - September 15 @ 3:30 pm
Low Riggs Farm, Middlesmoor
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 5TA United Kingdom
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Come and visit our remote hill farm at the top of Nidderdale to experience the story of our cheese.

Stonebeck Wensleydale is a raw milk farmhouse cheese inspired by the heritage of our farm. The milk for our cheese comes from our herd of Northern Dairy Shorthorn cows, a rare breed native to the Yorkshire Dales. They graze diverse traditional wildflower meadows and pastureland. The cheese’s taste and texture are an expression of our farm and place:  soft and creamy with long, complex and layered flavour. Our cheese is made by hand, pressed and bound in calico before maturing.

Refreshments will be available to purchase and cheese available to sample.

Part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2019: Celebrating Local Produce #CheeseFest19

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Secret Squirrel

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3NT United Kingdom + Google Map
Price - Adult
£6 for adults, includes transport from Dales Countryside Museum
Price - Child
£2 for 18 and under, includes transport from Dales Countryside Museum
Other info (e.g additional charge for parking)
Cost of transport to Snaizeholme and parking in Hawes National Park car park included in cost

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A 1½ mile (2.4km) guided walk in search of the charming Red Squirrels of Wensleydale. Join us on a search for tracks and signs of local wildlife, ending at the Snaizeholme Red Squirrel view point. Find out how we have managed to protect and record the squirrels both here and elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales National Park over recent years. This is a must for wildlife spotters and photographers. Don’t forget your binoculars, if you own a pair. It will be an afternoon to remember!

This walk has plenty of stops but does include a section of steep ground on an uneven footpath, because the walk is a ‘there and back again route’ this steep slope has to be walked both downhill and uphill. Please contact Hawes National Park Centre if you might find this part of the walk difficult or if you have a disability or health condition and would like more details. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended .

This activity will run twice; 10.30 – 13.00 and 14.00  – 16.30.   Both sessions are the same.

No dogs (assistance dogs welcome)

Places are limited, booking  essential at Hawes National Park Centre.

 

 

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Secret Squirrel

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3NT United Kingdom + Google Map
Price - Adult
£6 includes transport to Snaizeholme
Price - Child
£2, includes transport to Snaizeholme 18 and under
Other info (e.g additional charge for parking)
Cost of parking at DCM included

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This is a 1½ mile (2.4km) guided walk in search of the charming Red Squirrels of Wensleydale and other wildlife. Join us on a search for tracks and signs of local wildlife, ending at the Snaizeholme Red Squirrel view point. Find out how we have managed to protect and record the squirrels both here and elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales National Park over recent years. This is a must for wildlife spotters and photographers. Don’t forget your binoculars, if you own a pair. It will be an afternoon to remember!

This walk has plenty of stops but does include a section of steep ground on an uneven footpath (because the walk is a ‘there and back again route’ this steep slope has to be walked both downhill and uphill). If you might find this section of the walk difficult or if you have a disability or health condition that limits your mobility please contact Hawes National Park Centre on 01969 666210 for more details. The walk can be muddy, wellies or boots are recommended.

This activity will run twice; 10.30 – 13.00 and 14.00  – 16.30.   Both sessions are the same.

No dogs (assistance dogs welcome)

Places are limited, booking essential at Hawes National Park Centre.

Cost £6 adult and £2 children, includes the cost of transport to Snaizeholme

 

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