Skipton is a walker’s wonderland, so we’ve rounded up five walks in and around this picturesque market town for you to try out…
Nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton is the perfect starting point for your next walk. You’re never more than a few minutes away from the natural beauty of God’s Own County, with a range of woodland wanders, riverside rambles and moorland meanders to choose from. So next time you’re planning to go out for a walk, head to Skipton.
Bolton Priory has one of the best family-friendly walks you can do near Skipton. It’s 4.7-miles long, a 10-minute drive from town and should be a decent walk for all ages and abilities. You’ll follow the course of the River Wharfe through Strid Wood, which is jam-packed with beautiful ancient oaks. Weave your way between the picturesque fields and under looming trees until you reach the halfway point at Barden Bridge. Take a few minutes to appreciate the picturesque views in both directions before crossing to the other side to make your way back to the Priory.
The walk starts at Cavendish Pavilion, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AN. Check out the route.
Skipton Woods Walk
If you’re looking for a family-friendly walk, why not take a 1.9-mile stroll around the woods near Skipton Castle? The route starts at the entrance of The Old Sawmill and takes you along riverside paths towards the Round Dam. Cross the bridge to the island in the middle of the water which is the perfect place to stop and admire the views before you head down Long Dam and back towards The Bailey where you can enjoy wonderful views across the valley. The path is lined with ancient woodlands, so it’s the perfect place to look for birds. You might even spot a kingfisher!
The walk starts at The Old Sawmill, 1 Wood Grove, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1UJ. Check out the route.
Silsden Moor Circular
If you fancy a challenging walk though God’s Own County, head to Silsden Moor – it’s just 15 minutes from Skipton. This is an 11.5-mile trek along the Millennium Way – on a clear day, look into the distance as you ramble to see incredible views over Skipton, Rombald’s Moor and Ilkley. Along the walk, you can explore local landmarks like Cowburn Beck and Low Bradley Mill. Your calves will burn on your way up to the rocky outcrops of High Bradley, right on the edge of Skipton Moor, but you’ll be more-than-rewarded with rolling heather-covered hills and Chelker Reservoir to look over below.
The walk starts at Parsons Lane, Addingham, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0FA. Check out the route.
Embsay Moor Circular
Embsay Moor is just 10 minutes from Skipton. This 9.6-mile trek shows off the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park at its best. You’ll start on Barden Road and head east to Embsay Moor Reservoir, the first of three reservoirs you’ll encounter on this walk. This is a walk for experienced ramblers, so expect big climbs up Cracoe Fell, Rylstone Fell and Hall Fell as you pass landmarks like Rylstone Cross and Cracoe War Memorial. The moorland can get boggy as you make your way to the end, but the sight of the Upper and Lower Barden Reservoirs will make it all worthwhile.
The walk starts at Barden Road, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AR. Check out the route.
Skipton to Malham
You can see two of North Yorkshire’s most picturesque towns at their very best on this 12-mile walk. This undulating route between Skipton and Malham promises big views, quaint villages and must-see landmarks, but it can be quite challenging. You’ll get to wander past the charming villages of Flasby and Hetton before you enjoy a stroll around Winterburn Reservoir – it’s a treat during winter, in particular. Pendle Hill will be visible in the distance on clearer days as you join The Dales High Way to check out the awe-inspiring Gordale Scar and the intimate Janet’s Foss waterfall.
The walk starts at Chapel Hill, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1NL. Check out the route.Cover image Credit: Tim Green licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.