Leyburn and Wensley

Leyburn and Wensley

Leyburn and Wensley

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Leyburn and Wensley

Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key


Weather Forecast

Leyburn Weather
few clouds
humidity: 70%
wind: 8m/s W
H 6 • L 6
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Why you should do this walk…

A 6 mile circular walk from the village of Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales. At 6 miles this may seem a fairly long walk, but its climbs are gentle and the stunning views around Wensleydale are well worth making the effort for. The paths meander through a blend of cattle and arable fields offering you and your pooch some healthy exercise amidst the beauty and freedom of the Dales. The views from The Shawl, overlooking Wensleydale, are stunning. The traditional Dales market town of Leyburn has many visitor attractions, and the village of Wensley makes for a pleasant stop off if desired.

Dog friendly?…

This is a varied walk, mostly along clear paths and tracks, through fields. There are lots of gentle gradients throughout. There is a short section next to the road in Wensley. Several stiles will be encountered and, whilst many have dog gates or something similar, dogs may need a hand or lift over a couple of them. There are also a couple of cattle grids on route and, whilst detours are normally available via gates alongside, again you may need to be prepared to lift dogs if these are locked. Being the Dales there will be sheep (and maybe cattle) so take care with dogs. You will need to cross the Wensleydale Railway twice so take care to look and listen carefully for trains.

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How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Leyburn and Wensley walk please visit iFootpath 

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  1. Jamie  - 10/10/2012 - 8:31 pm
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    Brilliant walk and even better instructions, very easy an clear you can’t go wrong. Loads of lovely views and space to let the dogs tire their selves out! Thanks alot

    • corina  - 12/10/2012 - 9:37 pm
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      Thanks for your comments! Please let us know what you think about any of the others you’ve tried.

  2. Kevin Weatherly  - 06/04/2013 - 12:52 pm
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    Check conditions underfoot! Early April and The Shawl at Leyburn is treacherous – even for dogs!

  3. David  - 13/08/2013 - 11:26 am
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    Excellent walk, with a great little tea shop just opened at the foot of Keldheads Lane.
    Also note that in April/May, some of the grass paddocks just out of Wensley village are very long (prior to silaging). They make for very tough walking.

  4. Danielle  - 16/09/2013 - 9:40 pm
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    We did this fan walk last year and it was fantastic- excellent scenery just be aware of flocks of sheep hiding behind dry stone walls on the shawl when the dog is off lead!! Easy to follow directions. Prefer not to visit the ? Three horse shoes on Wensley on route- not very dog friendly and made us feel awkward- get in the car at the end of your walk and visit the much loved Bolton arms in neighbouring redmire

  5. Lawrie W  - 22/05/2014 - 4:23 pm
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    Where’s the map?

    • corina  - 24/05/2014 - 1:35 pm
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      Hi. We’ve bought a new system which should be installed next week which will make the maps visible again. I’m going to send out an e-news next week to let people know when the maps are back on display. Thanks.

  6. Lydia Kite  - 02/10/2016 - 3:24 pm
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    Just did this walk today and it was perfect in every way. Just the right distance, very little uphill and amazing views. An added bonus was the tearoom located just after the ruined mill (paragraph 5) before you cross the road and we were delighted to find it open in October.

    • DogWalksYorkshire  - 02/10/2016 - 3:27 pm
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      Hi Lydia – we are delighted that you enjoyed the walk and thank you for leaving the comment it is very much appreciated.

  7. jackie.darby@hotmail.co.uk  - 30/10/2016 - 3:27 pm
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    Has anyone who has done this walk recently encountered any free roaming cattle in any of the fields between Leyburn and Wensley? We are staying just outside Wensley shortly and had been looking at the walk but after Wensley heading back to our cottage but I have a problem with cattle especially as we have dog with us. Also the three horseshoes at Wensley is very dog friendly and is now open all day so handy for refreshments etc. Many thanks

  8. M Williams  - 22/05/2017 - 9:56 pm
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    Did this walk on Sunday. It was lovely however after leaving the village of a Wensley we encountered a field of young bulls. They were not to pleased at us being in their field and followed us through to making myself and my daughter very uncomfortable!
    Just after the beck we met a couple comi from the other way who had just walked through a field of Mothers & Calves who were less than pleased and started to chase them. Due to this we carried on the walk as far as this field then took a detour through another field to the left and up into the main road where we walked back to leyburn.
    There was no way I was risking my daughter or my dogs by walking through that field – just the look we were getting was enough to warn us off!
    That aside it was a lovely route and easy enough to follow.

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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