Yorkshire Dales Spring Weekend

1. Yorkshire Dales Spring Weekend

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2023. 

Choose one or both of these magnificent guided walking days as part of a small group with your friendly, professional guide. This is the best of Yorkshire in Spring, exploring the heart of this beautiful national park with it's high edges, verdant dales, limestone pavements, scars, coves and gorges.  The first day is more challenging, tackling the summit of Ingleborough as part of a longer hike.  The second day is a shorter walk, around Malham and Gordale, exploring waterfalls, coves and limestone features at a more social pace. 


Each day is £42 per person, or £80 per person for both days. 

More information and booking below.  


Saturday 29 April. 

Track to Trek - Ribblehead to Settle via Ingleborough.

This linear 'railway challenge' walk has great variety, beginning with a short, beautiful train ride from Settle Station up to Ribblehead.  We walk from the station, adjacent to the colossal 24-arch, Ribblehead Viaduct which strides 300 metres across open moorland between Yorkshire's highest peaks. Soon we're ascending high up onto our summit, Ingleborough, at 724m/2375ft.  In fine weather there are dramatic views across the peaks of  Whernside, Pen y Ghent and towards the Cumbrian Fells - a third of the day's distance and the hardest part is done!  The route descends, passing Moughton Scar with its impressive limestone pavement, before dropping into Crumackdale.  Here we  join the Dales High Way, past woods and rolling countryside.  We walk beneath Smearsett Scar and on down to the banks of the River Ribble - a riverside pathway, with our railway line on the opposite bank, leads us back to Settle Station.


This walk is about 27km/17miles in length, with approximately 860m/2820ft of ascent.  Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with small breaks. Please be aware that the terrain is steep and hilly and may be boggy in places.  Depending on weather conditions, party ability and the number of walkers in the area we may tweak the route to maximise the enjoyment of your day. 


Sunday 30 April. 

Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss.

This walk packs it in, with amazing geological structures shaped by glacial erosion and tumbling water.  From Malham, a popular but charming village, we follow the beck to the impressive Malham Cove; this huge, curved limestone structure was shaped by waterfalls carrying glacial meltwater.  Climbing up above the Cove we then reach an impressive limestone pavement stretching across the high landscape, before passing Ing Scar with its views over the valley below.  We reach the shores of Malham Tarn, a nature reserve with abundant bird life, before descending to visit the entrance to Gordale Scar.  This is a deep gorge gouged out from a succession of ice ages  - it is a geological wonder.  On our return to the village we pass Janet's Foss with its waterfall and pool - perhaps a good spot to dip our feet before we finish the day. 


This walk is about 13km/8 miles in length, with approximately 334m/1100 ft of ascent. Please be aware that the terrain may be steep, hilly and boggy in places.  Depending on weather conditions, party ability and the number of walkers in the area we may tweak the route or reverse the walk, to maximise the enjoyment of your day. 


Each day is £42 per person, or £80 per person for both days. 


Please book and pay below.

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2023.


  • Fully booked

Meeting Places and Timings

Saturday 29 April. Track to Trek - Ribblehead to Settle via Ingleborough.

We meet at Settle Train Station (postcode: BD24 9AA) at 8.30am to catch the 8.50am train to Ribblehead (a fifteen minute ride).  Please purchase your tickets at the station (currently £4.60).  Station Pay & Display Parking (assume cash only) is at Station Road (same postcode: BD24 9AA) and  £2 for 24 hours.  The station has toilet facilities.  Please note: It is important to be on time as unfortunately we will not be able to wait for a later train. If there is planned disruption to rail services, we will notify you in advance and find an alternative route locally, similar in terms of distance, ascent, landscape and views. 


Sunday 30 April. Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss.

We meet at 9.15 am at the National Park Centre Car Park in Malham (postcode: BD23 4DA). The car park has w/c facilities and we can meet outside the toilets.  You may be able to park on the road, outside the Centre, where the community ask for a donation in an honesty box.  Otherwise, the Centre has a large car park (currently £4.80 per day).  


Meeting points and timings will be confirmed on booking and any changes notified before the walks.


Further Information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
PWA General Information - Open and Chall
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If you would like to book accommodation for the weekend, Malham, Settle, Giggleswick, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Helwith Bridge, Austwick, or Clapham are all nearby.