Top 10 Walks: Yorkshire Dales: Walks with History




This lovely little book will take you on short circular walks to some of the Yorkshire Dales’ most intriguing ancient and historic sites.

From mysterious prehistoric rock carvings, Iron Age field systems, Roman roads, and medieval castles, to the very names given to hills, valleys, farms and villages, the Yorkshire Dales are steeped in the histories of countless generations of people who have made the Dales their home.

The ten walks featured here visit some of these iconic sites, whether in wild open moorland, or in gentler bucolic farmland. Enjoy superb walking in historic Yorkshire landscapes that resonate with the memory of past lives. 



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

This attractive and cleverly structured guidebook gives walkers the ten best walks to the Yorkshire Dales’ loveliest and most intriguing ancient and historic sites in a handy, pocketable format.

Wherever you walk in the Yorkshire Dales someone has almost certainly been there before. 

People have been moving into, living and working in the Dales since the end of the last Ice Age when Mesolithic hunter-gatherers followed herds of game up the valleys and over the fells. 

The distinctive landscape we see today is a product of that past and we still use prehistoric, Roman, monastic, packhorse, drovers’, mining and other trade routes as we, in our turn, explore the Dales and walk through time. 

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: Walks with History: a photo mosaic

  1. Victoria Cave – Mesolithic shelter
  2. Ilkley Moor – Neolithic and Bronze Age rock art and stone circle
  3. Grassington – Iron Age field system
  4. Bainbridge – Roman fort and marching camp
  5. Burnsall – Norse crosses and Viking tomb stones
  6. Fountains Abbey – Medieval church buildings
  7. Bolton Castle – Elizabethan fortress and stately home
  8. The Brontes – home fo the famous Victorian novelists
  9. Ribblehead – masterpiece of the Industrial Revolution
  10. Gunnerside – lead mining remains on the moors

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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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