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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.
February 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
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 (09.25) Steeton
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Kirkby Stephen Circular
via the viaducts
Book, alight (11.06) 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 (09.40) Wennington: return Settle
(bus back to Settle)
11 miles Moderate
Cononley Circular
via Lothersdale
From the 09.56 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight (10.30) and return Cononley
7 miles Easy
25 Feb Horton to Settle
via the Limestone Scars, Moughton, Thwaite, Austwick, Feizor and Stackhouse
Book and alight (10.31) Horton: return Settle 12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Chatburn to Sawley
via Downham
Book, alight (09.57) 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 (08.50) and return Settle
14 miles Strenuous
Settle Circular
via Jubilee Cave and Stockdale Lane 
Book, alight (10.22) and return Settle 10 miles Moderate
11 March Horton to Ribblehead
via Ling Gill and Pennine Way 
Book and return Ribblehead: alight (10.31) Horton 11 miles Moderate
Ilkley Circular
via Nesfield and Middleton Woods
From the 10.03 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight (10.31) 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 (09.13) Long Preston
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Barnoldswick Circular
via Leaps and Bound
Book, alight (09.57) 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 (10.31) 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 (09.16) 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 (10.20) 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 (09.06) Ribblehead: return Settle
15 miles Strenuous
Settle Circular
via the Elgar Way
Book, alight (10.22) and return Settle 13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Hellifield to Settle
via Ribble Way 
Book and return Settle: alight (10.13) Hellifield 11 miles Moderate
Settle Circular
via Giggleswick Scar and Feizor
Book, alight (10.22) and return Settle 8 miles Easy
15 April Marsden to Slaithwaite
via Wessenden Head and Blackmoorfoot Reservoir
From the 09.54 Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly train
Book and alight (10.05) Marsden: return Slaithwaite
11-12 miles Moderate
Horton to Austwick
via Wharfe Woods
Book and alight (10.31) 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 (09.19) Weeton: return Menston
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Hellifield to Gargrave
via Otterburn
Book and alight (10.13) Hellifield: return Gargrave 7 miles Easy
ride2stride Settle Carlisle Walking Festival - Tuesday 25 April to Monday 1 May
Please click here for details of the full festival programme (external website link)
Please note no dogs other than registered assistance dogs, will be accepted on ride2stride walks - indicate by r2s below. The festival attracts large numbers of walkers and this decision has been taken in the interest of safety and enjoyment for everyone and to protect livestock and wildlife.
29 April Horton to Settle r2s
via Crummackdale
Sorry no dogs
Book and alight (10.31) Horton: return Settle 13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Kirkby Stephen Circular r2s
via Podgill and Merrygill viaducts
Sorry no dogs
Book, alight (11.06) 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 (10.31) Horton: return Settle 13 miles Strenuous
Appleby Circular
via Roman Road and Crackenthorpe 
Book, alight (11.19) 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 (09.33) Harrogate
(bus out from Harrogate)
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Horton to Settle
via Dub Cote and Helwith Bridge
Book and alight (10.31) 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 (10.47) Cark: return Grange
10 miles Moderate
Barnoldswick Circular
via the north towards Newsholme
Book, alight (09.57) 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 08.19 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
July 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
1 July Kirkby Stephen Circular
via Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Valley
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Kirkby Stephen
15 miles Strenuous
Long Preston to Gisburn
via Pennine Bridleway
Book and alight Long Preston: return Skipton
(bus back to Skipton) 
10 miles Moderate
8 July Denby Dale to Holmfirth
via Kirklees Way
From the 10.12 Huddersfield to Sheffield train
Book and alight Denby Dale: return Huddersfield
(bus back to Huddersfield)
11 miles Moderate
Laneshaw Bridge Circular
via Wycoller and Trawden
Book, alight and return Keighley
(bus out from and back to Keighley)
7 miles Easy
15 July Dent to Ribblehead
via the Craven Way and Whernside (the highest peak from the highest station)
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book and alight Dent: return Ribblehead
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Arnside Circular
via Beetham
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book, alight and return Arnside
8 miles Easy
22 July Kirkby Stephen Circular
via Ash Fell and Smardale
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Kirkby Stephen
13.5 miles Moderate/strenuous
Garsdale to Hawes
via Cotter Force
Book, alight and return Garsdale
(bus back to Garsdale)
8 miles Easy
29 July Kirkby Stephen Circular
via Nine Standards Rigg
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Kirkby Stephen
11-12 miles Moderate
Bolton Abbey Strid to Addingham
via Dales Way
From the 09.32 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight and return Ilkley
(bus out from and back to Ilkley)
7 miles Easy
August 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
5 Aug Horton to Ribblehead
via Trow Gill, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book and return Ribblehead: alight Horton
15 miles Strenuous
Carnforth to Arnside
via Warton Crag and Silverdale
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and return Arnside: alight Carnforth
10 miles Moderate
12 Aug Greenfield Horseshoe
via Dovestones, Alpin Pike, Chew Reservoir and Foxstone
From the 09.54 Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly train
Book, alight and return Greenfield
14 miles Moderate/strenuous
Long Preston Circular
via Scaleber Wood and Falls
Book, alight and return Long Preston 8 miles Easy
19 Aug Wennington to Bentham
via River Hindburn and Tatham Valley
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight Wennington: return Bentham
12 miles Moderate
Bolton Abbey Strid to Grassington
via Dales Way
From the 09.32 Leeds to Ilkley train
Book, alight and return Ilkley
(bus out from and back to Ilkley)
7/8 miles Easy
26 Aug Settle Circular
via Two Scars and Two Fosses: Winskill, Catrigg Foss, Stainforth, Smearsett and Giggleswick
Book, alight and return Settle 13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Ribblehead Circular
via Chapel-le-dale
Book, alight and return Ribblehead 7 miles Easy
September 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
2 Sep Kirkby Stephen Circular
via Ewbank Scar and the Rigg
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Kirkby Stephen
15 miles Strenuous
Garsdale Circular
via Hell Gill and Lund’s Church 
Book, alight and return Garsdale 10 miles Moderate
9 Sep Dent to Ribblehead
via the Craven Way
Book and alight Dent: return Ribblehead 10 miles Moderate
16 Sep Ripley to Pateley Bridge
via Brimham Rocks and Nidderdale Way
From the 08.59 Leeds to York (via Harrogate) train
Book, alight and return Harrogate
(bus out from and back to Harrogate)
11 miles Moderate
Barnoldswick Circular
towards Salterforth
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
23 Sep Laneshaw Bridge to Wycoller
via Walton Monument and Boulsworth Hill
From the 08.54 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Keighley
(bus out from and back to Keighley)
12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Grassington Circular
via Conistone
From the 08.25 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
30 Sep Garsdale Circular
via Thwaite Bridge, Cotter End, the High Way, Hell Gill and Lunds
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Garsdale
13 miles Moderate/strenuous
Barnoldswick Circular
towards Earby
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
October 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
7 Oct Skipton to Grassington
via Barden Moor following the Lady Anne Way
Sorry no dogs
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus back to Skipton)
15 miles Strenuous
Malham Tarn to Gargrave
via Malhamdale
From the 08.25 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
10 miles Moderate
14 Oct Skipton Circular
via Carleton-in-Craven and Lothersdale
Book, alight and return Skipton 10 miles Moderate
21 Oct

Ribblehead Circular
via Ingleborough

Book, alight and return Ribblehead 10 miles Moderate
Clapham to Settle
via Auswick and Feizor
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight Clapham: return Settle
8 miles Easy
28 Oct Hebden Bridge Circular
via Five Reservoirs
From the 09.12 Leeds to Manchester Victoria train
Book, alight and return Hebden Bridge
14 miles Moderate/strenuous
Gisburn to Barnoldswick
via Horton
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
November 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
4 Nov Hellifield to Settle
via Malham and Pike Daw
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and return Settle: alight Hellifield
14 miles Strenuous
Settle to Horton
via Helwith Bridge 
Book and return Horton: alight Settle 10 miles Moderate
11 Nov Horton Circular
via Pen-y-Ghent, Dub Cote and Moughton Scar  
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book, alight and return Horton
12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Ripley to Knaresborough
via Greenway path and Nidd Gorge
From the 08.59 Leeds to York (via Harrogate) train
Book and return Knaresborough: alight Harrogate

(bus out from Harrogate)
7 miles Easy
18 Nov Bentham to Ribblehead
via Scars of Whernside
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and alight Bentham: return Ribblehead
12 miles Moderate
Barnoldswick Circular
west towards Weets
Book, alight and return Skipton
(bus out from and back to Skipton)
7/8 miles Easy
25 Nov Bingley to Ilkley
via Rombalds Moor and the Thimble Stones
Book and alight Bingley (09.37) return Ilkley 14 miles Moderate/strenuous
Haworth Circular
via Bronte Seat, Top Withins and Stanbury
Book, alight and return Keighley
(bus out from and back to Keighley)
7.5 miles Easy
December 2023
DATE
ROUTE
BOOKING DETAILS
LENGTH/GRADE
2 Dec Horton to Settle
via Fountains Fell and Henside
From the 07.48 Leeds to Carlisle train
Book and alight Horton: return Settle
14 miles Strenuous
Laneshaw Bridge Circular
via Noyna Hill, Great Edge and Knarrs
From the 08.25 Leeds to Skipton train
Book, alight and return Steeton
(bus out from and back to Steeton)
10.5 miles Moderate
9 Dec Todmorden to Hebden Bridge
via Calderdale Way
From the 09.12 Leeds to Manchester Victoria train
Book and alight Todmorden: return Hebden Bridge
10 miles Moderate
Horton to Clapham
via Ingleton Cave
Book and alight Horton: return Settle
(bus back to Settle)
7 miles Easy
16 Dec Gargrave to Settle
via Otterburn and Scaleber Force
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book and return Settle: alight Gargrave
12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Gargrave to Thornton in Craven
via Bank Newton, Ingthorpe Grange and Pennine Way
Book and alight Gargrave: return Skipton
(bus back to Skipton)
7 miles Easy
23 Dec Skipton Circular
via Eastby Gate and Lower Barden Reservoir
Sorry no dogs
From the 08.19 Leeds to Morecambe train
Book, alight and return Skipton
12 miles Moderate/strenuous
Settle Circular
via Mearbeck Woods
Book, alight and return Settle 7 miles Easy
30 Dec Hellifield Circular
via Otterburn and Kirkby Malham 
Book, alight and return Hellifield 12 miles Moderate
Skipton Circular
via Skipton Woods and Stirton
Book, alight and return Skipton 6-7 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.

 

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