A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Hawes and Sedbusk
Hawes and Sedbusk
Duration: 2½ to 3 hours depending on stops
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key
Why you should do this walk…
A 4.5 mile circular walk from the small market town of Hawes, at the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. You will feel like you are in the heart of the Dales with this fairly energetic romp – categorised as medium difficulty because of the fairly stiff climb half way round. There are panoramic views, a chocolate box village and a great dog-friendly pub along the way. If that’s not enough, there’s even a paddling opportunity for your dog near the picturesque packhorse bridge on the way home too!
The route has gentle gradients throughout plus one stiff climb. The route is easy to follow along stone and green paths. The route passes along some quiet roads for short periods. You will need to negotiate some gates and one ladder stile (which dogs will need a lift on) plus several other stiles designed as narrow gaps within dry stone walls with spring gates. A couple of these are a tight squeeze, so would pose a challenge for broader dogs (although small dogs should be fine). This is the Dales so expect to see plenty of sheep and be ready to keep your dog on a lead. River paddling is also available if conditions allow.