The Yorkshire Dales are very popular with walkers, with walks suitable for all abilities.
Seven of the walks on ITV's 2018 "Britain's Top 100 Walks" programme were within the Yorkshire Dales/Forest of Bowland area - and all are accessible by public transport. Click here for details.
A wide selection of walks in the Yorkshire Dales accessible by public transport is available on the Walking in the Yorkshire Dales website. Guides to ten walks in the Ingleborough area accessible by public transport are available as individual leaflet PDFs and a combined PDF. These guides were created as part of the Stories in Stone project, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. A series of short strolls from stations on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle railway line are available here on Grand Days Out leaflets.
Rail to Trail is a series of 12 self-guided walks along the Bentham Line. The walks combine into a 68 mile linear walk from station to station along the route from Heysham Port to Skipton.
Details of any footpath closures and access restrictions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park area are available here.
There are several longer distance walking routes in the Dales area, including:
Guided Walks Several organisations organise guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales area:
The Friends of DalesBus organise a programme of free DalesBus Ramblersguided walks in the Dales throughout the year, with walks currently on most Sundays and occasional Saturdays. Walks vary in length between around 4 and 12 miles. All walks are accessible by public transport.
The Friends of Dalesrail offer a programme of free guided walks from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe railway lines.
Richmond Walking Festival offers guided walks through Swaledale and Wensleydale in late September plus a book festival (2024 festival: Friday 20th to Sunday 29th September 2024)
ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line. It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley, usually held in early May. (2024 festival: Tuesday 30th April to Monday 6th May 2024)