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The best walks in the Yorkshire Dales and where to stay

The best walks in the Yorkshire Dales and where to stay

An 841 square mile area with over 1,615 miles of winding footpaths, the Yorkshire Dales National Park forms part of the Pennine uplands in northern England.

Home to famous limestone features, England’s highest glacial lake and single drop waterfall (Malham Tarn and Hawdraw Force respectively), the Dales offers both natural wonders and quintessentially English stone towns.

Here, crags, caves and valleys meet waterfalls and woodlands, lakes and reservoirs in Dales including Wensleydale and Ribblesdale, and a fine way to explore the area is on foot.

There’s even a free walking app that tracks 35 of the region’s best linear and circular routes to sleepy villages with proper pub watering holes that lend themselves to all seasons – provided you pack a waterproof.

From the iconic Three Peak climb of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent to stomps on the Dales Way path, hikes and walking routes suitable for all abilities promise active adventures in the north.

To help direct you through the Dales, we’ve rounded up a list of the best rambling routes, challenging climbs and simple strolls – complete with charming hotels – to inspire a Yorkshire walking holiday.

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Malham Tarn upland farm circular, Malham

The glacial waters of Malham Tarn, the highest limestone lake in Britain

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Malham Tarn Estate has 2,900 hectares of countryside and hundreds of walking route options including a hike towards Malham Cove’s limestone rock face or ramble to the Janet’s Foss waterfall, which legend has it is home to the queen of the fairies.

This particular trail around England’s highest limestone lake is 4.5 miles long, takes three hours to complete and was declared one of Britain’s 100 favourite walks by the National Trust.

Start in Watersinks car park and join the Pennine Way to Tarn House’s Orchard House exhibition before heading through the woods past the Bird Hide to Tarn Moss Nature Reserve and over the stile towards the smelt mill chimney, then tracking left back to the car park. You’ll find colourful moorlands, wildlife and rare plants along your way.

Where to stay

The Lister Arms in Malham is a quintessentially 18th-century English inn and pub benefiting from proximity to some of the Yorkshire Dales’ best walking trails along Mastiles Lane, Settle and Skipton. Home-cooked…

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