Wensleydale, the largest of the Yorkshire Dales, is a green and fertile valley. Here sheep roam freely on the fells and the flower-rich hay meadows provide a feast of colour and are a haven for wildlife.
When John Wesley visited the dale in May 1790, he recorded in his journal, 'Crossed over the enormous mountain into lovely Wensleydale, the largest by far of all the dales, as well as the most beautiful'. Carving its way confidently through the very heart of the dales, this broad U-shaped valley has many natural and man-made features. Celts, Romans, Vikings and Normans have all left their impression on the landscape.
The delights of Wensleydale, freely available to anyone, are best experienced by walkers who can examine its beauty close up. Those with an interest in geology, history and nature will find it abundant in riches.
Each walk has a two page description, a colour map with numbered arrow pointers and route directions with grid references to aid map reading. All of the walks follow circular routes ranging from 6.7 to 10.2 miles (10.8 to 16.5km).
|Walks in Wensleydale||Miles|
|West Burton and the Templars' Chapel||6.7|
|Carperby and Castle Bolton||10.2|
|Semer Water and the River Bain||8.7|
|Addlebrough and the Causeys||7.5|
|Jervaulx Abbey and Thornton Steward||7.5|
|Leyburn Shawl and Wensley||6.0|
|Middleham Low Moor and the River Cover||7.7|
|Mossdale and Cotterdale||7.7|
|Forelands Rigg and Walden Beck||8.2|
|Hawes, Ten End and Gayle||7.2|
Sample pages of walks featured in the books can be viewed and printed out from The Walks page.