Top 10 Walks: Yorkshire Dales: Walks to Viewpoints



The Yorkshire Dales’ Finest Views

Many memories of walks in the Dales are distilled into the fine views one experiences, and it would be a mistake to assume that great views necessarily entail sustained climbs up to the top of the nearest fells.  

As Wordsworth would have it, one might be ‘surprised by joy’ when coming out of a belt of woodland into fields, or onto the edge of a limestone outcrop, or discovering a hidden valley. Finding a contouring path  with a panorama of the bucolic dale below slowly unfolding is so rewarding, as is contemplating the changes of light as the shadows of clouds play upon the wide open moorlands so characteristic of  the Yorkshire Dales.

The underlying geology, mainly of gritstone and limestone, give rise to different farming practices and other land use which, in turn, provide different vistas and experiences for the walker. Classic Dales’ scenery of limestone pavements, scars and screes features strongly as do the atmospheric limestone gorges formed by glacial action. The two main upland glacial lakes in the Dales and their associated wetlands also feature, as do some lovely riverside strolls through flower-rich meadows.

These walks reflect the variety of scenery in the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. They are also an invaluable guide to the best views and locations for the keen photographer.






One of eight books in the Top 10 Walks: Yorkshire Dales series.

This attractive and cleverly structured guidebook gives walkers the ten best walks to the most amazing and photogenic views and viewpoints in the Yorkshire Dales in a handy, pocketable format.

With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, Ordnance Survey maps, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity, appeal and ease-of-use.


The Yorkshire Dales National Park: an introduction

Top Ten Walks: The Yorkshire Dales National Park

Top 10 Walks: Walks to Viewpoints

  1. Crummack Dale
  2. Orton & Beacon Hill
  3. Malham & Watlowes Valley
  4. Trollers Gill & Appletreewick
  5. Twisleton Scars
  6. Upper Wharfesdale
  7. Flasby Fell
  8. Capplestone Gate
  9. Semerwater
  10. Dentdale & Deepdale

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What they say …

“Despite the book’s small size and low cost, there is nothing cheap about its production values. This is a lovely guidebook.

— Anthony Toole, Outdoor Focus magazine


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