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The Everyday Adventurers Guide to theYorkshire Dales

By Leanne Downs29 August 2018

The Yorkshire Dales has rolling hills, brooding moors and rocky outcrops, often enveloped in swirling mists against a backdrop of leaden skies. In the sunshine, it’s a picture of quintessential England. Pretty villages, winding country roads and herds of sheep grazing contentedly in their pastures.

When you dig deeper, there’s a lot more than biscuit-tin charm to be discovered. The Yorkshire Dales are home to some of the best places to climb, bike and hike in the country and are the perfect place to have many an outdoor adventure.


Cautley Spout & The Calf

Cautley Spout is England’s highest waterfall and although in technically in Cumbria, it is just inside the northern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is a strenuous hike, which can be completed in around four hours, but it is well worth taking the time to explore over a full day. Map reading skills are essential, especially in poor weather conditions and low visibility.

Time Allow at least 4 hours

Distance 11.5 km

Difficulty Hard

Getting Here Park near the Cross Keys Inn on the A683

Nearest Town Sedburgh

Eat The Fat Lamb

Camp Low Greenside Farm



Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls on the River Ure can be ferocious in the wetter months, but in the summer with a decent dry spell there may be a few great spots for a paddle along from the falls.

Getting Here Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3TH

Eat The Coppice Coffee Shop


Brimham Rocks

Just outside of the park in the Nidderdale AONB is Brimham Rocks, a bouldering and climbing paradise with something for everyone. It has a car park run by the National Trust as well as a kiosk, café and toilets, making this a really accessible place to find some rock-based adventure. Although it can get busy, it’s spread over such a wide area that you can often find pockets of calm amongst the massive boulders and between the trees.

Getting Here Brimham Moor Road, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW

Parking Pay & display (coins only). £6 for 4 hours (cars) £8 for a full day. National Trust members free.

Opening Times Main gate locked at 9pm or dusk if earlier. Other on-site facilities vary, see website for details.

Eat On-site food kiosk or pizza afterwards at Olley’s in Pately Bridge.

Stay Sarah’s Cabin


Kilnsey Crag

One of the best three climbing spots in Yorkshire, Kilnsey is a huge limestone crag with an overhang, not for the faint hearted or unexperienced – most of the climbs here are higher grades climbs. The crag is increasingly popular with climbers and therefore very busy at peak times.

Getting Here Situated on the B6160 next to the village of Kilnsey.

Parking Limited lay-by parking at either end of the crag as well as on the road leading to Conistone. Please do no obstruct farmland entrances.

Eat The Tennant’s Arms Hotel, right next to the crag.

Stay Skirfare Barn Bunkhouse or Wharfdale Lodge.

Leanne Downs

About Leanne Downs

Leanne Downs is the content editor for Thryve and works as an outdoor writer, blogger and photographer. She loves hiking, hillwalking and wild camping.

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