Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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

 

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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.

 

 

Hawes Town Trail

Hawes Town

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

 

Lead Mining on Grassington Moor

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

 

Barbon to Casterton Round

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.

Old Gang Mines

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)

Falls, Freeholders and Flagstones

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.

The Magic of Threshfield Quarry

Threshfield Quarry

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.

Hawes Town Trail

Hawes Town

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

 

Bat Walk – Aysgarth Falls

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.

Malham Landscape Trail

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.

 

 

Hawes Rural Heritage

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.

Barbon to Casterton Round

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.

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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

 

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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.

 

 

By Castle and Byway

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers for a pretty 7 mile (11.3km) walk which takes us along idyllic Wensleydale byways and field paths between historic Bolton Castle, with its picturesque village and fine views across to Pen Hill, and Aysgarth Falls, the jewel of Lower Wensleydale.

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. Bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed. (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Aysgarth National Park Centre.

Iconic Landscapes of Upper Ribblesdale

Walk starts from Horton-in-Ribblesdale NP car park.

A stunning 7½ mile (12km) walk through classic limestone scenery with views of the Three Peaks, exploring the influence of humans on this special landscape. See glacial features and learn about the geology of the area. We will follow ancient Highways, sections of the Pennine Way, the Ribble Way and the Pennine Bridleway, including the award-winning new bridge across the Ribble at Far Moor. Hear about droving, farming, railways and quarrying.

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

Please bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

 

Barns, Walls and Bridges

Come along on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk in Herriot country and enjoy panoramic views over Upper Wensleydale.  Barns, walls and bridges are important features of Wensleydale and played a crucial part in the development of local industry and agriculture. The walk includes the woodland and waterfalls of Shaw Gill.

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route includes stiles, uneven ground and two short steep climbs.

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

Dogs not allowed, (assistance dogs welcome).

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Old Gang Mines

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)

Sunnyside and Moneyside

Join us on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk in beautiful Dentdale. The route is partly along the popular Dales Way through pleasant flower meadows along the River Dee, and returning on a centuries-old route linking the farms and what was the old Dent workhouse on the northern side of the dale. Just what’s needed to walk off a delicious lunch in one of the Dent hostelries!

The dale has probably one of the remotest breweries in Britain, the highest railway station in Britain, as well as many links with the Quakers, connections with the slave trade and possibly with the Brontes. Dent Town itself was home to Terrible Knitters, the Dent Vampire and Adam Sedgwick. The scattered homesteads and hamlets of the dale owe much to the Vikings, who came here in the 10th century. Nowadays, the Dent Brewery, probably one of the remotest breweries in Britain, proves a great draw for real ale connoisseurs and could make a perfect end to your walk!

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route takes in a short stretch of cobbled street in town plus some steps, stiles and slight gradients. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Falls, Freeholders and Flagstones

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.

Malham Landscape Trail

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.

 

 

Hawes Town Trail

Hawes Town

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

 

Delightful Dentdale

Dentdale

Join our Dales Volunteers on this lovely 6.5 mile (10.5km) walk. The walk climbs quickly through beautiful Flintergill onto the Occupation Road and spectacular views of Dentdale. It then heads gently back down to the valley bottom and follow the Dales Way back to Dent through the meadows alongside the River Dee.

A moderate walk with one steep climb, some steps, stiles and slight gradients. A level 4 YDNPA walk. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, walking boots recommended.  

Please bring a packed lunch.

No dogs (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre

Scenic Swaledale

Walk starts from Reeth National Park Centre, Hudson House, Reeth DL11 6SZ

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this delightful 5 ½ mile (8.5km) walk to discover more about the local historical, industrial and cultural heritage, whilst enjoying the outstanding scenery of this beautiful part of Swaledale.

This is a YDNPA level 3 walk with one steady uphill section, uneven ground and stiles. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips. Bring a drink and a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

Booking advisable at Reeth NPC, Hudson House

The Craven Limeworks

A 3 mile (4.8 km) stroll exploring the three different methods of lime production carried on here, including the intriguing Hoffmann Kiln which enabled lime to be produced in a continuous process. Come and explore this little known archaeological gem which has to be seen to be believed.

A level 2 YDNPA walk ; the walk is short but the route includes stiles, uneven ground and steps. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Well behaved dogs welcome but must be on short (2m) fixed leads.

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

 

 

 

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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

 

Discover Orton Scar

A  4½ mile (7km) walk with spectacular views of the Howgills and Lakeland fells. Beautiful limestone pavements, local farms and barns and a prehistoric stone circle.

This fantastic walk not only has breath taking views of the Howgills and Lakeland fells, but also the chance to see some of the beautiful limestone pavements which characterise so much of the Dales, as well as local farms and barns and a prehistoric stone circle. You will discover aspects of history from over 3,000 years ago right up to relatively modern times. Refreshments  are available in Orton before and after the walk.

The initial ascent is quite strenuous but we will not rush you! Boots recommended – paths with exposed limestone, and possible muddy sections. There are stiles on this walk. YDNPA level 3 walk.

No dogs (assistance dogs welcome)

Places are limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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.

 

 

Lead Mining on Grassington Moor

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

 

Discover Aisgill Force

Hidden waterfalls are a fascinating feature of the limestone landscape in the Yorkshire Dales. Why not join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this moderate 4 mile (6½ km) journey to discover the delights of Aisgill Force?

The walk passes the home of Wensleydale Cheese (think Wallace and Gromit!), and into the little village of Gayle through narrow streets between lovely little cottages.

Out of the village the walk goes through a narrow wooded gorge with steep moss and fern covered sides to the spectacular waterfalls of Aisgill Force. The return is through pleasant Dales meadows, passing field barns and farmhouses, all set in Wensleydale’ s stunning landscape.

A level 3 YDNPA walk. The route takes in some steps, stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients across open countryside.

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

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, Booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Bat Walk – Settle

Love bats? Come on a short walk looking for bats around Settle with Tony from our wildlife team. There will be a short talk and then we’ll be out with the bat detectors to discover where the bats of Settle like to fly.

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

This is a YDNPA level 1 walk. The route is barrier free and may be suitable for wheelchairs, please enquire for more details.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, book through Malham National Park Centre

Hawes Town Trail

Hawes Town

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

 

Wildflowers in Orton

Join Sue Thurley, from our wildlife team for a 4 mile (6.4km) gentle stroll through the quiet lanes of Orton looking at the wildflowers found in the species rich ‘Special Verges’. Learn how to identify some key meadow species and hunt for some of the rarer orchids found in the area.

A level 2 YDNPA walk; the walk will involve roadside walking and footpaths A short section of the walk will be on unsurfaced paths.

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre

Peregrine Walk

Join Wildlife Conservation Officer Ian Court for a short walk to Malham Cove to learn about the success of the peregrine falcons nesting at there. Hopefully, you will see these magnificent birds, the fastest creatures on earth, flying to and from their nests on the cliff. RSPB and YDNPA volunteers will have telescopes to help you get the most from your visit.

A level 1 YDNPA walk on good footpaths with no barriers, this walk is suitable for all terrain wheelchairs with one or two uphill sections. There is some road walking. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

This activity will run twice; 10.00 – 12.00 and 15.00  – 17.00.   Both sessions are the same.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

Peregrine Walk

Join Wildlife Conservation Officer Ian Court for a short walk to Malham Cove to learn about the success of the peregrine falcons nesting at there. Hopefully, you will see these magnificent birds, the fastest creatures on earth, flying to and from their nests on the cliff. RSPB and YDNPA volunteers will have telescopes to help you get the most from your visit.

A level 1 YDNPA walk on good footpaths with no barriers, this walk is suitable for all terrain wheelchairs with one or two uphill sections. There is some road walking. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

This activity will run twice; 10.00 – 12.00 and 15.00  – 17.00.   Both sessions are the same.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

Discover Ancient Arkengarthdale

Walk starts from Langthwaite Car Park, Langthwaite DL11 6RE

Join our dales Volunteers for a 6 mile (10km) guided walk to explore this fascinating landscape steeped in  history of lead mining. Discover how lead mining shaped the fortunes of this beautiful landscape and the people who once lived here.

This is a YDNPA level 3 walk with some descent and ascent, uneven ground and stiles. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

 

Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

No dogs allowed. (assistance dogs welcome)

 

Part of the Swaledale Festival, Booking open after 25th March 2019, adult price tbc, under 25 free. Contact  www.swalefest.org

Please park in Langthwaite Car Park, Langthwaite DL11 6RE (pay and display)

Kisdon Classic Circular

Walk starts outside the Farmers Arms, Muker, DL11 6QG

Join our Dales Volunteers on this 6½ mile (10.5km) walk in the spectacular Swale gorge. We visit the ruined lead mines of Crackpot Hall, the charming village of Keld before returning over Kisdon Hill via the Corpse Road; taking in one of the finest views in the Dales.

This YDNPA level 4 walk includes some steep gradients, stiles and uneven ground. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, walking boots recommended.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

Part of the Swaledale Festival, Booking open after 25th March 2019, adult price tbc, under 25 free. Contact  www.swalefest.org

 

Lower Wensleydale Walk

Walk starts from Leyburn War Memorial (top of the market square)

Led by experienced National Park volunteers this 7 miles walk takes in views of Pennhill and Bolton Castle, some lead-mining remains, the park grounds of Bolton Hall, and Wensley village.

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.

Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

No dogs allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Part of the Swaledale Festival, Booking open after 25th March 2019, adult price tbc, under 25 free. Contact  www.swalefest.org

Bat Walk – Grassington

Love bats? Come on a short walk looking for bats around Grassington with Tony from our wildlife team. We will walk down to the river and around the village 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.

Places limited, book through Grassington National Park Centre.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Grinton Mines and Mills

Join our expert Dales Volunteers on this 3 mile (4.8 km) walk to explore Grinton Moor and its fascinating lead mining remains. You’ll discover hushes, levels, flues and one of the finest smelt mills in the Dales. Meet at Grinton Youth Hostel front gate.

 A level 2 YDNPA walk; the route crosses rough stony ground but is mostly downhill.

 From the Youth Hostel we will travel in shared vehicles to the start on Grinton Moor. You may be asked to help with transportation.

 Please note dogs are NOT allowed.

 Booking essential at Reeth NPC, Hudson House or online

Hawes Town Trail

Hawes Town

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

 

Wildlflowers Around Grassington

Walk starts from Grassington National Park Centre

 Want to improve your wildflower identification skills? Or just enjoy walking through flower rich meadows and woodlands. If so then join Chris and botanist Heather for a short walk from Grassington. All abilities welcome.

This is a 4 to 5 mile walk but the emphasis is on wildflower identification, there will be lots of stopping and looking so the distance covered may well be less.

This is a There will be stiles along the way and the paths may be rough or uneven. Please wear strong shoes or trainers with good grips

 Dogs not allowed. (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited; booking advisable from Grassington National Park Centre

Wildflowers at Aysgarth

Join Tony Serjeant from our wildlife team to walk amongst the bluebells. Learn how to identify the spring flowers of Freeholders Wood and find out how the woods are managed with traditional coppicing and how that benefits the local wildlife. There’s a lot to discover in this fascinating woodland!

A level 1 YDNPA walk; 1.5 miles, the walk is barrier free on fairly level ground and is accessible for some wheelchairs. The ground may be muddy after rain.

Please wear outdoor clothes appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Well behaved dogs allowed on a short (2m or less) fixed lead.

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

 

Stockdale, Gorbeck and Victoria Cave

A 10 mile circular walk up Stockdale leading to extensive views of Malham Tarn. We will then return by the old Gorbeck Road and visit Victoria Cave before returning to Settle. Led by YDNPA Dales Volunteers.

This YDNPA level 4 walk includes some steep gradients, stiles and uneven ground. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, walking boots recommended.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

This walk is part of the Ride2stride festival. There is no charge and no booking required.

Times may change nearer the date as train times are confirmed, please check Ride2Stride website.

Sunnyside and Moneyside

Join us on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk in beautiful Dentdale. The route is partly along the popular Dales Way through pleasant flower meadows along the River Dee, and returning on a centuries-old route linking the farms and what was the old Dent workhouse on the northern side of the dale. Just what’s needed to walk off a delicious lunch in one of the Dent hostelries!

The dale has probably one of the remotest breweries in Britain, the highest railway station in Britain, as well as many links with the Quakers, connections with the slave trade and possibly with the Brontes. Dent Town itself was home to Terrible Knitters, the Dent Vampire and Adam Sedgwick. The scattered homesteads and hamlets of the dale owe much to the Vikings, who came here in the 10th century. Nowadays, the Dent Brewery, probably one of the remotest breweries in Britain, proves a great draw for real ale connoisseurs and could make a perfect end to your walk!

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route takes in a short stretch of cobbled street in town plus some steps, stiles and slight gradients. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Navvies, Drovers and Romans

Walk starts from Ribblehead Station.

A 9½ miles (15 km) walk through the site of the navvies’ settlements at Ribblehead led by the Dales Volunteers. We will follow the line of the railway, far beneath us, and then visit Gearstones and Thorns, both important centres for the Drovers of long ago. En route we will have a glimpse of the Roman road from Bainbridge to Ingleton.

This YDNPA level 4 walk includes some steep gradients, stiles and uneven ground. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, walking boots recommended.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

This walk is part of the Ride2stride festival. There is no charge and no booking required.

Times may change nearer the date as train times are confirmed, please check Ride2Stride website.

Hawes Town Trail

Hawes Town

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

 

Spring Flowers in Oxenber and Wharfe Woods

A 4 mile ( 6.5 km) to see ancient Oxenber and Wharfe woods. We will be accompanied by Tony from the YDNPA wildlife team who will help you to enjoy an area rich in Spring flowers. We will observe a variety of habitats – limestone pavement, grassland and wood pasture. We will also enjoy views of classic limestone scenery and will discuss how the landscape came to be as it is.

A level 3 YDNPA walk with some gradients and a steep climb into Oxenber Wood. There are some stiles and uneven ground.

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips, walking boots recommended.

Don’t forget to bring a mid morning drink and snack.

Cost is £6 adults, children £2. A voucher for a hot drink at Elaine’s Tea room in Feizor is included in the ticket.

Dogs not allowed

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre

Walk starts from Feizor, Lancaster, LA2 8DF

Barns, Walls and Bridges

Come along on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk in Herriot country and enjoy panoramic views over Upper Wensleydale.  Barns, walls and bridges are important features of Wensleydale and played a crucial part in the development of local industry and agriculture. The walk includes the woodland and waterfalls of Shaw Gill.

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route includes stiles, uneven ground and two short steep climbs.

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

Dogs not allowed, (assistance dogs welcome).

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Dent Town Trail

Join us for a  1½ mile  (2.4km) walk around Dent village to discover its fascinating history. The walk will include the history of the village,  a look at some of its historic buildings along with the tales of the Dent Vampire and the Terrible Knitters.

It’s hard to believe that now Dent is such a tranquil place that 100 years ago it was crowded with busy shops, a market and town crier. Nowadays the Dent Brewery, probably one of the remotest breweries in Britain, proves a great draw for real ale enthusiasts and makes a perfect end to your walk!

A level 1 YDNPA walk which is barrier free and mostly flat, but part of the walk is on cobbled streets.

Dogs welcome on a short fixed lead.

Places limited, booking advisable through Hawes National Park Centre.

Wild about Dormice

Meet at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

What is it like being a dormouse? Are they really our sleepiest animal? What do they eat? Two hours of wild fun discovering what life is like for our teeny tiny dormice and how we can help them survive in the Dales.

This is an outdoor event please come prepared for the weather on the day and be ready to get muddy!

This activity will run twice; 10.30 – 12.30 and 14.00  – 16.00.   Both sessions are the same.

No dogs please. (Assistance dogs welcome)

This is an accessible event suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult may bring up to 3 children. Children can bring one adult free.

Children £5 (one adult per child free, extra adults £5)

Places limited, booking essential through Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

 

Wild about Dormice

Meet at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

What is it like being a dormouse? Are they really our sleepiest animal? What do they eat? Two hours of wild fun discovering what life is like for our teeny tiny dormice and how we can help them survive in the Dales.

This is an outdoor event please come prepared for the weather on the day and be ready to get muddy!

This activity will run twice; 10.30 – 12.30 and 14.00  – 16.00.   Both sessions are the same.

No dogs please. (Assistance dogs welcome)

This is an accessible event suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult may bring up to 3 children. Children can bring one adult free.

Children £5 (one adult per child free, extra adults £5)

Places limited, booking essential through Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

 

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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

 

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 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 cover some steep uneven ground, stiles and one steep ascent, it can be muddy. Sturdy shoes or wellies recommended. (Alternative route with no stiles possible) .YDNPA level 2 walk.

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.

 

 

From Fell to Fabulous – The Wool Clip (Exhibition)

The Wool Clip is a collective of spinners, dyers, rug makers, knitters, crocheters, weavers and felt makers, as well as designers and farmers. They work as a co-operative, enabling them to run their shop as a social enterprise.

From Fell to Fabulous is described as “A journey with wool as the common thread: from humble origins on the fells, incorporating skill, innovation and flair, all the way to the fabulous.”

Dairy Farm Account Books: Routengill Farm

Our second set of farm accounts held at the Dales Countryside Museum belonged to Jane, known as Elizabeth, Thwaite (possibly born Wilkinson, or this surname may come from a later remarriage) who conducted a profitable dairy and poultry business from her farm up at the head of Walden at the end of the nineteenth century.

The book we have in the collection covers Jane’s butter and cheese sales from 1894 to 1910 and her income from poultry and egg sales from 1898 to 1904.

Cover of Elizabeth Wilkinson's farm account book
Cover of Elizabeth Thwaite’s farm account book

Continue reading “Dairy Farm Account Books: Routengill Farm”

The Milky Way

Hay meadows near the upland village of Hawes

Join us for a 3 mile (5km) walk, starting at the Market Cross in Askrigg and following the old railway track to Grange and up to Coleby Hall at Brecon Bar. We’ll meet Eleanor Scarr who will tell us about dairying and providing milk for the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes – home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

A level 2 YDNPA walk; the route includes stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients across open countryside. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

This walk is part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2018: Celebrating Local Produce #CheeseFest18

For more info visit www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/cheesefestival

Secret Squirrel

This is a gentle 1½ mile (2.4km) guided walk in search of the charming Red Squirrels of Wensleydale. Join our Rangers 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!

Part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2018: Celebrating Local Produce #CheeseFest18

Whey Hey!

Wensleydale Creamery

Join us on a guided walk led by our Dales Volunteers, starting at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. We’ll stop by the Dales Countryside Museum to see historic milking exhibits, before heading out along the Pennine Way to Hardraw. We’ll  learn about the history of milking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and how local farmers provide the Wensleydale Creamery with milk and, depending on the length of the Museum visit and talk, we’ll return either via Simonstone and Sedbusk or the Pennine Way. Cost of Museum visit included in the charge.

This walk is part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2018: Celebrating Local Produce #CheeseFest18  www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/cheesefestival

A level 2 YDNPA walk; the route includes stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients across open countryside. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

 

Through the Woods to Trow Gill

A lovely 4.5m (7km) stroll taking in part of Clapham village, the beautiful and historic wooded nature trail and then on past Clapham Cave to dramatic Trow Gill gorge. Learn about Reginald Farrer who collected plants from distant lands. Hear the legend of Alice Kettyl and her magical powers. Return via Clapdale Lane with views of limestone scenery.

This a YDNPA level 3 walk led by Mark Barnes, there is one steep ascent, uneven ground and stiles. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips and bring a drink.  

No dogs (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable through Malham National Park Centre.

From Hawes to Hardraw

Take an afternoon stroll with us and walk 3.5 miles (5.8km) from the market town of Hawes to the pretty hamlet of Hardraw.

The walk might be short but the scenery is lovely and the views are wonderful! Take a breath of fresh air.

A YDNPA level 2 walk. This walk is for the most part level with some uneven ground. Please wear outdoor clothes appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear.

No dogs allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Characters of Malhamdale

Join Linda Hodson on this short 3 mile (5 km) stroll and learn about the source of the River Aire, limestone scenery, the tragic men of Hanlith, a Dales cathedral’s watery grave, early industry and wildlife. Take in the settlements of Kirkby Malham and Hanlith, following the Pennine Way with views back to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.

a YDNPA level 2 walk. This walk is for the most part level with some uneven ground and stiles. Please wear outdoor clothes appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear.

No dogs allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre

Old Gang Mines

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)

The Erratic Boulders of Norber

A fingerpost near Crummackdale and Norber

Join this 4½ mile (7km)  walk from Clapham and wander among the famous Norber Erratics – huge boulders carried here by an Ice Age glacier. Where did they come from? We will also visit Nappa Scar where we will see evidence of an ancient sea. Hear about the Craven Faults and their dramatic effect on the landscape. And we will glimpse into the beautiful but little known Crummackdale and its fossil waterfall.

Level 3 YDNPA walk with stiles, a steep climb and a moderately exposed section at Nappa Scar. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch and a drink

There is one steep climb on to Norber Brow and one moderately exposed section at Nappa Scar.

Sorry – no dogs

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre

Muker to Ivelet Pasture

Join us on this classic 4 mile (6.4km) walk through stunning countryside to explore the history behind the many barns (known locally as cow houses) dotted about Upper Swaledale.

Find out how Muker became the main settlement in the area before setting off through a landscape of traditional hay meadows. Crossing open fell-side and pastures are a variety of different cow-houses, which formed part of a self-sustaining farming system.

On the way back along Love Lane to Muker is a haunted cow-house where fairies led a local school teacher to a tragic end!

A level 3 YDNPA guided walk. The route includes some narrow squeeze stiles and steep paths across rough ground which may be muddy in wet weather.

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

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes NPC.

 

 

 

A Morning Stroll Through Three Villages

Join our guides for a 2 mile walk around the Swaledale villages of Reeth, Fremington and Grinton. Reeth was the commercial centre of the dale, particularly during the boom years of the lead mining industry, whilst Grinton was the ecclesiastical centre, huddled around its parish church, known as the ‘cathedral of the dale’. We see evidence of the lead mining industry, mysterious earthworks, and several historic houses along the way.

A level 1 YDNPA walk with one very short ascent on grass and a couple of rather thin stiles, but otherwise the route is on good paths and pavement.

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear.

Dogs not allowed (assistance dogs welcome)

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

An Afternoon Ramble from Reeth

This delightful 2.5 mile (4km) walk in scenic Swaledale links two of the most interesting villages, as well as giving fine views of a spectacular short section of the River Swale, noted for being the fastest rising river in England. Our route takes us over the well known ‘swing bridge’ a recent structure that replaced one swept away in a flood. We pass ancient cultivation terraces, a prehistoric burial mound and mysterious earthworks, as well as some of the most historic properties in the dale including the fine parish church in Grinton, often known as the ‘cathedral of the dale’.

 A level 2 YDNPA walk on good paths and no stiles. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

 Dogs not allowed (Assistance dogs welcome)

 Places limited, booking advisable from Reeth NPC, Hudson House

 

 

Settle Town Trail

A short walk exploring the origins of the ancient market town of Settle. Hear how Settle became an industrial centre and how it turned itself around when the turnpike road was built. Discover a man’s Folly, a Quaker meeting house, the smallest art gallery in the world and some hidden corners.

A level 1 YDNPA walk led by Mark Barnes. This walk is through the town on pavements, it is barrier free, with a couple of steep hills.

You may bring your dog, but please keep it under close control on a short lead.

Places are limited and booking is advisable from Malham National Park Centre

Discover Spectacular Orton Scar

A 4½ mile (7km) walk with spectacular views of the Howgills and Lakeland fells. Beautiful limestone pavements, local farms and barns and a prehistoric stone circle.

This fantastic walk not only has breath taking views of the Howgills and Lakeland fells, but also the chance to see some of the beautiful limestone pavements which characterise so much of the Dales, as well as local farms and barns and a prehistoric stone circle. You will discover aspects of history from over 3,000 years ago right up to relatively modern times. Refreshments  are available in Orton before and after the walk.

The initial ascent is quite strenuous but we will not rush you! Boots recommended – paths with exposed limestone, and possible muddy sections. There are stiles on this walk. YDNPA level 3 walk.

No dogs (assistance dogs welcome)

Places are limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre

 

 

Catrigg Force and Winskill

Join us for a 3 mile walk to see the glorious meadows and pastures at Winskill, erratic boulders, some fossils and a majestic waterfall. We will observe the North Craven Fault and how it has influenced the landscape. The views are fantastic!

A level 3 YDNPA walk; the route includes a steep climb up big stone steps, ladder stiles and uneven ground.

Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips. Walking boots recommended.

Don’t forget a packed lunch!

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited; booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

Archaeology of Lea Green

Join our National Park Archaeologist on a 3 mile guided walk exploring the lives of the people who have lived and farmed on Lea Green and Bastow Wood. We will stroll up from Grassington to find the traces local residents have left behind from the Bronze Age through to the modern day. We will discuss some of the issues in the present management of the landscape and the work of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

A level 2 walk on grassy paths and tracks with some steep sections.  Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy shoes with good grips.

Dogs not allowed (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places are limited and booking is advisable through  Grassington Festival

Settle’s Hinterland – a Waterfall, an Erratic and a Cave

Winskill meadows

 

A 6.5 mile (9.5 km) walk exploring the high ground above Settle and Langcliffe. Hear about Langcliffe’s violent past. Visit Catrigg Force and Samson’s Toe and learn about the forces which have shaped the landscape. The walk includes Winskill Stones Nature Reserve and Victoria Cave, where once our ancestors lived.

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

Please bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

Family Meadow Walk

Meadow walk

Join us for a family friendly look at our beautiful wildflower meadow. We will do some basic wildflower identification, search for pollinating insects and do a little bit of arty stuff. Suitable for children aged 8 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A YDNPA level 1 walk; a barrier free walk with some gradients and uneven ground.

Well behaved dogs allowed, but must be kept on a short (2m) fixed lead at all times. (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Grassington Festival.

Discover Lower Wensleydale

Lower Wensleydale

Join our friendly National Park volunteers on a fascinating 5 mile (8 km) guided walk through two Dales villages, past two follies and two stunning waterfalls; all in this glorious little patch of Wensleydale.

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.

From Tarn to Cove – Where Did the Water Go?

A spectacular 3 mile (4.8km) walk through classic limestone scenery. See the impact of people on the landscape, from the first inhabitants 10,000 years ago to farmers today. Follow the water until it vanishes underground and then walk through the dramatic dry valley of Watlows to the top of Malham Cove for stunning views.

A level 2 YDNPA walk led by Nick Berry; the route includes stiles, uneven ground and slight gradients across open countryside. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed. (assistance dogs welcome)

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

Villages of Lower Wensleydale

Lower Wensleydale

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers for a 6 mile (10km) guided walk to discover two villages, two follies and two fine waterfalls – one being the Upper Falls at Aysgarth, in this glorious patch of Wensleydale.

A level 3 YDNPA walk with some gradients, stiles and uneven ground. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy shoes with good grips.

Packed lunch needed.

Dogs not allowed.

Part of the Swaledale Festival, Booking open after 19th March 2018,  Adult £7, under 25 free. Contact 01748 880019,  www.swalefest.org ”.

Places limited booking essential

The King’s Highway and an Ancient Woodland

Guided walk

A 4½ mile (7km)  walk (with just one steep climb), on the old King’s Highway to Cleatop Park Wood. We will talk about Settle and the people who used the King’s Highway. Enjoy the extensive views from the top and learn about the major landforms around Settle. Experience the beauty of springtime in Cleatop Park Wood and hear about how the woodland is managed by the National Park. You may even see wild deer.

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

Please bring a packed lunch.

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, booking advisable from Malham National Park Centre.

 

Wensleydale Map Magic

Join our expert map readers on this 3.5 mile (5.6 km) walk and discover some of the stories hidden in maps, including film and TV locations. Learn how to use maps to identify features and find the paths that can take you on your own voyages of discovery.

A level 2 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.

Maps will be provided for use on the day, but please bring your own if you prefer.

Dogs not allowed.

Places limited, booking advisable from Hawes National Park Centre.

Lunchtime Meander to the River Ure

Spend your lunchtime with us on a leisurely 1.5 miles (2.4 km) stroll in a pretty valley.  We will do a tiny bit of the Pennine Way before walking through  meadowland alongside the River Ure where you may be fortunate enough to see different species of birds and waterfowl.

Leaving the riverside, passing through  grass meadows before walking under a bridge on the route of the former railway which ran through Hawes and hear how the railway transformed the economy of the region. After a short climb we enter Hawes to explore the lower part of the village.

A level 1 YDNPA walk;  The route includes some stone stiles and footpaths through meadows which could be muddy especially near the river. Please wear outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather and sturdy footwear with good grips.

Dogs not allowed. (Assistance dogs welcome)

Don’t forget your lunch!

Places limited, booking advisable at Hawes National Park Centre.

 

 

A Short Stroll to Gayle

Guided walk

Spend a peaceful hour with us on this lovely 1.3 mile (2.1 km) walk for a potted history of Hawes and Gayle. We will pass Hawes Auction Mart; walk through picturesque stone walled meadows into the village of Gayle where the former cotton mill has a fascinating history; then walk down the packhorse track for stunning views of the surrounding hills as we drop back into Hawes.

A level 1 YDNPA walk; the route includes 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 from Hawes National Park Centre

Settle Town Trail

A short walk exploring the origins of the ancient market town of Settle. Hear how Settle became an industrial centre and how it turned itself around when the turnpike road was built. Discover a man’s Folly, a Quaker meeting house, the smallest art gallery in the world and some hidden corners.

A level 1 YDNPA walk led by John Bentley. This walk is through the town on pavements, it is barrier free, with a couple of steep hills.

You may bring your dog, but please keep it under close control on a short lead.

Places are limited and booking is advisable from Malham National Park Centre