The Route

  • Across the fields near Cold Cotes
    Across the fields near Cold Cotes

Route Synopsis

DAY ONE: INGLETON TO DENT

The route out of Ingleton uses a quiet lane as far as Twisleton Scar. From where you have the choice of a high level walk over Whernside or a gentle stroll along the secluded valley of Kingsdale. After which, fields and hay meadows bring you into the cobbled streets of Dent. An easy start to the walk with a distance of just over 10 miles.

DAY TWO: DENT TO GARSDALE HEAD

We use the Dales Way to pick our way sedately through the fields of Dentdale and then climb the rugged track beneath the arches of Artengill Viaduct. From there we skirt the upper slopes of Great Knoutberry Hill before following the old Coal Road down to Garsdale Head. A slightly longer day at 12.5 miles.

DAY THREE: GARSDALE HEAD TO MUKER

A quiet path takes us from Garsdale Head into the heart of Cotterdale and then up the mostly paved Pennine Way path to the summit of Great Shunner Fell. We stay on the Pennine Way down into Thwaite and then through more hay meadows into Muker. The distances are starting to increase now with a longer day at about 14 miles.

DAY FOUR: MUKER TO ASKRIGG

A day of historic exploration awaits us as we climb out of Muker up into the beautiful Swinner Gill and the lead mining areas on Gunnerside and Melbecks Moors. Dropping down to Gunnerside village we cross Oxnop Common on a quiet lane to Askrigg, home of the James Herriot TV series. A similar length to yesterday, at just under 14 miles.

DAY FIVE: ASKRIGG TO YOCKENTHWAITE

Riverside paths take us from Askrigg, through Bainbridge and Raydale to Semer Water. Then we take to the hills again, crossing Cragdale Moor, before dropping down to the tiny settlements of Cray, Hubberholme and Yockenthwaite, in Langstrothdale. Again, just short of 14 miles, but we’re ready for something longer now.

DAY SIX: YOCKENTHWAITE TO MALHAM

We start day six with a climb up to Horse Head Moor before dropping down the other side into the beautiful valley of Littondale. After walking most of its length we climb again, through stunning limestone scenery, over to Malham – the final destination for all six-day walkers. Today’s 16 miles included quite a lot of hills too.

DAY SEVEN: MALHAM TO INGLETON

Anyone completing the circle to Ingleton leaves Malham and uses an old trading route over the top of Kirkby Fell to Settle, from where a mixture of high paths, quiet lanes and fields take us through the villages of Austwick and Clapham before finally arriving in Ingleton. The longest day has been saved to the last, at around 17 miles.

Interactive Google Map

This interactive Google Map allows you to zoom in to see the route in more detail, you can even change the map type to Satellite and see the terrain you are crossing. A .KMZ file can be downloaded from the FILES section of the website if you would like to see the route in Google Earth.


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