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Dent railway Station, the highest railway station in England and the start of many walks down the Dent dale valley (Be warned, Dent village is about 5 miles away!) and up Whernside, the highest of the "Three Peaks".

Plaque on Settle Station the start for many walks for all types of walker.

 

 


Guided Walks from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle,

Leeds-Morecambe and other selected Railways

ALL WALKS ARE ON SATURDAY (UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

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Every weekend there are free guided walks for the general public. The walks are of various lengths and degrees of difficulty. They are all designed to link up with train services from the Leeds area. For details of the individual walks, please see the tables below. All of the walks will have an experienced leader and backup. These will meet you at the designated railway station.

The starting times of the trains from Leeds (unless otherwise stated) are given below within the relevant tables. You can check these and find fares information by using the links opposite, or you can ring National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50. All you have to do is buy the appropriate rail ticket, get on the train at your most convenient station and alight at the designated station. You will then be met by the leader and backup, who will explain the walk.

Please choose a level of walk with which you are comfortable. If you are new to walking we recommend you choose an easy grade until you discover your level of fitness and the suitability of your equipment. If in doubt please speak to the leader at the start of the walk. Please click here for information about walk grades.

IMPORTANT - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Please check this website the day before travel, in case of any late alterations or cancellations
- Leaders also reserve the right to alter the walk on the day due to adverse weather conditions, etc
- Whilst leaders take every care, your comfort and safety are your own responsibility
- The pace of the walk is appropriate to the distance and the available time. We ask that walkers accept the pace set
- Anyone getting ahead of the leader may be deemed to have left the walk
- Dogs (on a short lead) are welcome on most walks, but please check this website beforehand
- Good footwear and adequate clothing are essential
- Please carry enough food and drink for the day
- Under 18 year olds and any vulnerable adults to be accompanied by a responsible adult

 
Guided Walks from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle,
Leeds-Morecambe and other selected Railways
TRAIN TIMES
Walks take place on Saturdays from the 09.19 Leeds-Settle-Carlisle train unless otherwise stated.
Each walk officially begins upon the actual arrival of the train at the designated station, where you should alight.
The scheduled train arrival time is indicated below within the booking details for each walk.
Walks will usually finish in time to return to Leeds by 7.08 pm (Settle/Carlisle line). Return times from other lines will be similar.
December 2022
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
3 Dec Bingley Circular
via East Morton, Twelve Apostles and Bingley Moor
Book, alight (09.37) and return Bingley 13 miles moderate/strenuous
Cowan Bridge to Kirkby Lonsdale
via Devil's Bridge and Whittington
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight Giggleswick (09.20) return Settle
(bus out from Giggleswick and back to Settle)
7 miles easy
10 Dec Cononley to Skipton
via Kildwick and Roman Road
From the 09.26 Leeds to Skipton train
Book and return Skipton: alight Cononley (10.00)
10 miles moderate
Settle Circular
via Giggleswick, Stackhouse and Langcliffe
Book, alight (10.21) and return Settle 6 miles easy
17 Dec Due to planned industrial action on the railways, the strenuous walk has been cancelled and the easy walk has been changed - please see below for the details
Skipton Circular
via Tarn House and Thorlby
Meet at 10.30 am Skipton Bus Station (canal end) 8 miles easy
24 Dec Horsforth Circular
via Hawswood, Kirkstall Forge, the Canal, Rawdon Billings and Hunger Hill
From the 09.29 Leeds to York (via Harrogate) train
Book, alight (09.41) and return Horsforth
11 miles moderate/strenuous
Bingley Circular
via St Ives
Book, alight (09.37) and return Bingley 7 miles easy
31 Dec Bingley Circular
via Shipley Glen and Rocky Valley
From the 08.54 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight (09.14) and return Bingley
15 miles strenuous
Horton to Settle
via Stainforth Scar
Book and alight Horton (10.31) return Settle 8 miles easy
NB - Change of grade
January 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
Sunday
1 Jan
Hebden Bridge Circular
via Heptonstall and Blackshaw Head
From the 09.57 Leeds to Blackpool North train
Book, alight (10.41) and return Hebden Bridge
10 miles Moderate
Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge
via canal and river path
From the 10.19 Leeds to Manchester Victoria train
Book and return Hebden Bridge: alight Sowerby Bridge (10.56)
6 miles Easy
7 Jan Due to planned industrial action on the railways, our walks on this date are subject to alteration or cancellation. Please check back here nearer the time for further information.
Ilkley Circular
via Beamsley Beacon
From the 09.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight and return Ilkley
14 miles Strenuous
Gargrave to Skipton
via Flasby Fell
Book and alight Gargrave: return Skipton 10 miles Moderate
14 Jan Skipton to Addingham
via Embsay and Bolton Abbey
From the 08.54 Leeds to Skipton train
Book and alight Skipton (09.39) return Keighley
(bus back to Keighley)
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Bingley to Ilkley
via canal, Micklethwaite Wharf, Morton Lane, Sunny Dale reservoir and Keighley Gate
Book and alight Bingley (09.37) return Ilkley 7/8 miles Easy
21 Jan
DALESRAIL SPECIAL - 3 WALKS AND NEW YEAR DINNER AT THE WHEATLEY ARMS, BEN RHYDDING
Ben Rhydding Circular
via Ilkley Moor
From the 09.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight (09.24) and return Ben Rhydding
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Ben Rhydding Circular
via Middleton and Denton Moor
From the 10.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight (10.24) and return Ben Rhydding
10 miles Moderate
Menston to Ben Rhydding
via Burley in Wharfedale
From the 11.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book and return Ben Rhydding: alight (11.18) Menston
6 miles Easy
28 Jan Ribblehead to Horton
via Sulber Gate 
Book and alight (10.38) Ribblehead: return Horton 10 miles Moderate
Giggleswick to Long Preston
via paths and lanes
From the 10.18 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight (11.22) Giggleswick: return Long Preston
6 miles Easy
February 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
4 Feb Long Preston to Settle
via Langbar, Malham Cove and Black Hill
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book and return Settle: alight Long Preston
15 miles Strenuous
Salterforth Circular
via Malkin Tower and Admergill
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
10.5 miles Moderate
11 Feb Steeton to Gargrave
via the Airedale Way, Kildwick, Glusburn, Lothersdale, Carleton and Skipton
From the 08.54 Leeds to Skipton train
Book and return Gargrave: alight Steeton
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Kirkby Stephen Circular
via the viaducts
Book, alight and return Kirkby Stephen 7/8 miles Easy
18 Feb Wennington to Kirkby Lonsdale
via Lune Valley Ramble
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight Wennington: return Settle
(bus back to Settle)
11 miles Moderate
Cononley Circular
via Lothersdale
From the 09.56 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Cononley
7 miles Easy
25 Feb Horton to Settle
via the Limestone Scars, Moughton, Thwaite, Austwick, Feizor and Stackhouse
Book and alight Horton: return Settle 12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Chatburn to Sawley
via Downham
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
March 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
4 March Settle Circular
via Capon Hall, the Nature Reserve and Malham Tarn
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Settle
14 miles Strenuous
Settle Circular
via Jubilee Cave and Stockdale Lane 
Book, alight and return Settle 10 miles moderate
11 March Horton to Ribblehead
via Ling Gill and Pennine Way 
Book and return Ribblehead: alight Horton 11 miles Moderate
Ilkley Circular
via Nesfield and Middleton Woods
From the 10.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight and return Ilkley
7 miles Easy
18 March Long Preston to Settle
via Rye Loaf Hill and the caves
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and return Settle: alight Long Preston
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Barnoldswick Circular
via Leaps and Bound
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
25 March Horton to Settle
via Wharfe and Feizor
Book and alight Horton: return Settle 10 miles moderate
April 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
1 April Dent to Ribblehead
via the tarns and Whernside (from the highest station to the highest peak)
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book and alight Dent: return Ribblehead
15 miles Strenuous
Burley in Wharfedale Circular
via Dales Way Link, White Wells and Cow & Calf
From the 10.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight and return Burley in Wharfedale
10 miles moderate
8 April
DALESRAIL EASTER SPECIAL 4 WALKS
Ribblehead to Settle
via Ingleborough, Norber Erratics and Feizor
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book and alight Ribblehead: return Settle
15 miles Strenuous
Settle Circular
via the Elgar Way
Book, alight and return Settle 13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Hellifield to Settle
via Ribble Way 
Book and return Settle: alight Hellifield 11 miles Moderate
Settle Circular
via Giggleswick Scar and Feizor
Book, alight and return Settle 8 miles Easy
15 April Marsden to Slaithwaite
via Wessenden Head and Blackmoorfoot Reservoir
From to 09.54 Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly train
Book and alight Marsden: return Slaithwaite
11-12 miles Moderate
Horton to Austwick
via Wharfe Woods
Book and alight Horton: return Settle
(bus back to Settle)
7 miles Easy
22 April Weeton to Menston
via the Two Crags Walk: Almscliffe Crag, Riffa Woods, Pool, Otley Chevin, Caley Crags and the Dales Way Link
From the 08.59 Leeds to York (via Harrogate) train
Book and alight Weeton: return Menston
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Hellifield to Gargrave
via Otterburn
Book and alight Hellifield: return Gargrave 7 miles Easy
29 April Horton to Settle
via Crummackdale
Sorry no dogs
Book and alight Horton: return Settle 13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Kirkby Stephen Circular
via Podgill and Merrygill viaducts
Sorry no dogs
Book, alight and return Kirkby Stephen 8 miles Easy
May 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
6 May Horton to Settle
via Pen-y-Ghent, Winskill and Catrigg Foss
Book and alight Horton: return Settle 13 miles Strenuous
Appleby Circular
via Roman Road and Crackenthorpe 
Book, alight and return Appleby 10 miles moderate
13 May Harewood to Knaresborough
via the Three Castles Walk: Harewood Castle, Spofforth Castle and Knaresborough Castle
From the 08.59 Leeds to York (via Harrogate) train
Book and return Knaresbrough: alight Harrogate
(bus out from Harrogate)
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Horton to Settle
via Dub Cote and Helwith Bridge
Book and alight Horton: return Settle 8 miles Easy
20 May Cark to Grange
via coastal path and Humphrey Head 
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight Cark: return Grange
10 miles moderate
Barnoldswick Circular
via the north towards Newsholme
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
27 May Horton Circular
via Dub Cote and Brackenbottom Scar 
Book, alight and return Horton 10 miles moderate
June 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
3 June Bingley to Hebden Bridge
via Cullingworth Moor, Ovenden Moor and Warley Moor
Book and alight Bingley: return Hebden Bridge 15 miles Strenuous
Linton to Threshfield
via Backstone Edge and Bordley
From the 08.25 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
10 miles moderate
10 June Armathwaite Circular
via Hawkcliff Scar and Ainstable Church
Book, alight and return Armathwaite
Late train return
11 miles moderate
Marsden to Greenfield
via Standedge Trail and Huddersfield Narrow Canal
From the 09.54 Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly train
Book and return Greenfield: alight Marsden
7 miles Easy
17 June Addingham Circular
via Dales High Way, Draughton, Halton Edge, the Strid, Bolton Bridge, Dob Wood and Highfield House
From the 8.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book, alight and return Keighley
(bus out from and back to Keighley)
12.5 miles Moderate/strenuous
Saltaire Circular
via Five Rise Locks, Bingley and Shipley Glen Tramway
From the 09.56 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Saltaire
8.5 miles Easy
24 June Horton to Settle
via Sulber Nick, Crummackdale, Norber Erratics, Dub Wash and Feizor
Book and alight Horton: return Settle 12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Barnoldswick Circular
via three churches with ice cream stop
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy

 

 


definitions of walk grades

EASY
Leisurely walks at a gentle pace with regular stops for viewing and refreshment. Any climbs will be of modest gradient and length.

MODERATE
These walks cater for the more experienced walkers. Expect a full day's walk at a steady pace. The walk may well encounter steeper gradients and more difficult terrain.

STRENUOUS
A full day's walk at a brisk pace, you probably will encounter steep slopes and difficult terrain. The walk may also include yomping and/or short scrambles. There could be time constraints.

 

Past Train Walks
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