There's no shortage of information to help you enjoy a walk in the Dales so I thought I'd do something a little different for today's blog and suggest some useful websites, blogs and companies to help you plan walks in the Yorkshire Dales.
Useful walking route websites
These websites have masses of walking route descriptions to download and use free
Walking English Man
Walking in the Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales National Park - short walks to download, including some without stiles
Long distance routes
We've got some excellent and well-marked long distance routes:
52 - 76 miles:
Dales Inn Way
80 - 100 miles:
Lady Anne's Way
Dales High Way
100 - 270 miles:
Coast to Coast
Walking tour and luggage transfer companies
If you want to follow a long distance route, you might find it helpful to do a navigation course before you go, or to use a walking holiday company to make accommodation arrangements on your behalf and transfer your luggage to save you carrying it. Here are some companies that could help:
Brigantes Walking Holidays
Contours Walking Holidays
On Foot Holidays
There's a huge number of books featuring walks in the Yorkshire Dales, including some that focus on short walks with children, those that cover longer distance walking routes, tea shop walks, pubs walks, history walks... Many of these are available from great independent bookshops in the Dales such as the Little Ripon Bookshop, Stripey Badger in Grassington, Castle Hill Bookshop in Richmond and Westwood Books in Sedbergh.
Pick up more information, advice and books from one of the National Park Centres at Aysgarth Falls, Grassington, Hawes, Malham and Reeth.
Please note: there are many ground nesting birds in the Yorkshire Dales, between March to July. They can easily be disturbed by dog and likely to fly off, leaving their young behind. Please keep dogs on leads.
You may think your dog won't chase sheep but no-one really knows for sure and every year hundreds of sheep are killed either by dogs attacking them, or through the stress of having dogs run among them. During lambing seasons please keep sure you keep dogs on leads.