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.
Leyburn and Wensley
Leyburn and Wensley
Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key
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.
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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