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Dales Rail Trails Walks

The 18 Circular walks and 14 linear Link walks start at stations between Settle and Kirkby Stephen on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line, and from Clapham on the Bentham line (to Morecambe). The map link opens an interactive map of the main walk route only - optional variations are shown in the guide book.

Each walk is graded for the effort required: EASY walks are up to 8 miles in length and may involve an overall ascent of 400 metres; MODERATE walks are from 8 to 10 miles long or include an ascent of between 400 and 500 metres; STRENUOUS walks are at least 10 miles long or include total ascent of more than 500 metres.

MOBILE USERS PLEASE NOTE: the Interactive online map should be used only as an AID to navigation - the geolocation tracking feature uses mapping which requires a good strong signal to download - which may be sometimes unavailable, especially in more remote locations. This feature also tends to drain battery charge quicker when in constant use, so should be used sparingly. Walkers should use the Skyware Dales Rail Trails guide book or map and a compass for primary navigation.

Circular Walks
Walk Route Description & Map Link Distance Grade
1 Attermire Scar, Catrigg Force & the Hoffmann Kiln 8.4 miles (13.5 km) Moderate
2 Feizor & Giggleswick Scar 7.9 miles (12.7 km) Easy
3 Austwick & the Norber Erratics 9.5 miles (15.3 km) Moderate
4 Gaping Gill & Ingleborough 11.2 miles (18.0 km) Strenuous
5 Helwith Bridge & the Ribblesdale Quarries 6.4 miles (10.3 km) Easy
6 Moughton & Crummack Dale 7.4 miles (11.9 km) Easy
7 Pen-y-ghent 6.6 miles (10.6 km) Strenuous
8 Thorns Gill, God's Bridge and Selside 8.4 miles (13.5 km) Moderate
9 Whernside 8.1 miles (13.0 km) Strenuous
10 Ingleborough & Park Fell 8.9 miles (14.4 km) Strenuous
11 Ribblesdale & a Bridge to Far Moor 7.3 miles (11.8 km) Easy
12 Great Knoutberry & Wold Fell 8.8 miles (14.2 km) Strenuous
13 Garsdale & Dentdale 9.9 miles (16.0 km) Strenuous
14 Cotterdale & Yoredale 9.4 miles (15.1 km) Strenuous
15 Hellgill Force & the High Way 8.8 miles (14.1 km) Moderate
16 Pendragon 8.3 miles (13.4 km) Moderate
17 Kirkby Stephen & the Northern Viaducts 9.4 miles (15.1 km) Moderate
18 Smardale 8.5 miles (13.6 km) Moderate

Linear Link Walks
Walk Route Description & Map Link Distance Grade
L1 Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via the Ribble Way 8.5 miles (13.7 km) Moderate
L2 Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via Feizor & Crummack Dale 10.4 miles (16.7 km) Strenuous
L3 Clapham to Settle via Austwick & Feizor 10.0 miles (16.1 km) Moderate
L4 Clapham to Ribblehead via Ingleborough 9.9 miles (15.9 km) Strenuous
L6 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Clapham via Long Lane 7.8 miles (12.6 km) Easy
L7 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead via Pen-y-ghent & Selside 12.1 miles (19.4 km) Strenuous
L8 Ribblehead to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via The Ribble Way 7.1 miles (11.5 km) Easy
L9 Ribblehead to Dent via Blea Moor 6.7 miles (10.7 km) Moderate
L10 Ribblehead to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via Ingleborough 9.0 miles (14.4 km) Moderate
L11 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead via Selside 6.3 miles (10.1 km) Easy
L12 Dent to Ribblehead via The Ribble Way 12.9 miles (20.7 km) Strenuous
L13 Dent to Ribblehead via the Dales Way & Dales High Way 9.9 miles (15.9 km) Strenuous
L15 Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen via Wild Boar Fell 11.8 miles (19.0 km) Strenuous
L16 Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale via Lady Anne's Highway 12.6 miles (20.3 km) Strenuous