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Yorkshire Dales 40 Favourite Walks Book

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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 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.


96 pages

Dimensions - 105mm x 148mm


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Yorkshire Dales

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.

Its base is encircled by remarkable limestone karst, with some of the best examples of ‘pavement’ in the British Isles, protected as a National Nature Reserve. Above this, the mountainside rises steeply up a series of sandstone and shale terraces, overlaid by heather and peat, where the Yoredale Series rocks predominate. The very highest section is a hardy cap of millstone grit, evident in Ingleborough’s iconic sloping plateau. Being permeable, limestone has also allowed water to gouge out potholes and caves, leaving dry valleys above. These are common throughout the Craven Dales. At Malham, for example, water now flowing underground once thundered over the great wall at the Cove. Nearby, one of the most extensive cavern systems in Europe connects Gaping Gill with Ingleborough Cave. Just south of here, the Craven Faults mark the southern edge of the Dales, running almost parallel to the A65. The Northern Dales are different in character. In Wensleydale and Swaledale, limestone is less evident, buried far below the surface, and shales and sandstones are more apparent. Where limestone is exposed it is of a different character. The long sinuous course of the Swale has carved a deep trench in the moorland, hiding woodland and small settlements, many originally Norse. It is here that the evidence of former lead mining is most readily seen in the haunting remains scattered across great swathes of moorland. These bear witness to the industrial importance and vitality of this area in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lead mining can be found elsewher