The Yorkshire Dales combine a wild limestone landscape of high rolling moorland gouged by dramatic caves and cascading waterfalls with peaceful farmland carpeted in wildflowers and dotted with ruined abbeys, ancient stone walls and barns, and timeless villages waiting to be discovered.
The 40 moderate walks in this collection highlight the very best the area has to offer and include adventures in Wharfedale, Malhamdale, Nidderdale, Ribblesdale, Wensleydale, Swaledale and Dental. Many routes make use of sections of long-established trails such as the Pennine Way and the Dales Way.
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The Yorkshire Dales combine a wild limestone landscape of high rolling moorland gouged by dramatic caves and cascading waterfalls with peaceful farmland. The Dales gain their character from the geology which has formed them over millennia. Almost the whole area is built on Great Scar Limestone, most evident in the Craven Dales in the south. Here it is the limestone that forms the predominant landscape of well-drained grasslands, grazed by sheep, interspersed with white limestone scars and outcrops. Walking varies from delightful springy turf to complex limestone pavements and scars, with heather and rough moorland – more inclined to be squelchy underfoot – higher up. At the top of the pile is a cap of millstone grit, emerging only on the highest peaks. Ingleborough, one of Yorkshire’s ‘Three Peaks’, is arguably the most distinctive of the higher summits and it provides a vivid geological insight into the Dales.